By Becky Holland
Trish Donald is a previous board member of the New England Writers’ Centre. Her artwork regularly makes an appearance in the newsletter.
In 2018 Trish launched her first book with Little Pink Dog Books who were looking for emerging authors and illustrators.
Little Pink Dog Books liked some of her monster drawings and asked if she would write and illustrate a book where those monsters were Worry Monsters - manifestations of a child's anxiety. They asked if the child could overcome her Worry Monsters by using mindful breathing, that would help young children cope with their anxiety.
It aligned with Trish’s desire to help parents and children connect through books, and so began "Tissy Woo and the Worry Monsters".
Pitch Independent — Sophie Masson (NEWC Chairwoman)
As one of the three co-ordinators for the New England Writers’ Centre’s big Pitch Independent program, I am happy to report that it was a brilliant success!
The prep day two weeks ago went really well, with lots of people getting advice and practising their pitches in front of local publishing professionals. We hosted a fantastic lineup of some of Australia’s best small and independent book publishers and literary magazine editors, who participated in a lively and engaging symposium, heard lots of one-on-one pitches from writers in all genres as well as illustrators, and generally gave generously, and warmly, of their time, knowledge and expertise.