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Author Insights

In this series, we talk to published authors about their journey and what advice they have for aspiring writers.
September 20, 2020
Story: A Bullet in the Night

A street riot in downtown Los Angeles propels a young man to become a Red Cross Volunteer sweating in the jungles of Vietnam. Story by Mark Scheel          The summer of ’67, having just graduated from college and medically exempt from the military draft, I struck out, as they say, for California and soon found […]

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September 27, 2020
Story: A Farmer's Wife

This beautiful evocative portrayal of the time and place of a negotiatedmarriage proposal, has been written with a golden clarity. The reader enjoys a real sense of the pace, scenery and values of the 1950's rural West Australia. Story by Marjorie Counsel                                       I’m ninety years old, and five years a widow, but the moment that […]

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September 24, 2020
Know Your Audience

Written by Gareth St John Thomas As you know the Academy keeps stressing the need to be clear about your audience and writing for them. There are times though when our audience can be surprising and hidden. Our New Zealand publishing house recently published 'Keepers of History' which highlights the lives of some 35 people over […]

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September 15, 2020
Story: The First Time I Stepped Into the Ocean

A once troubled young woman finds freedom from the weight of memory when she steps into the ocean. Story by Vicky Lopez I had never swam in the ocean before. Having spent the past four years living along the coast in Santa Barbara, I often evaded the task by sitting silently on the sand, admiring […]

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September 9, 2020
Story: The Decision to Run

A quick decision to run changes the life of a young woman in NorthernUganda. By Atim Onen. Sometimes what’s best is what you can not see, hear or feel. But when you have an ear to your story, a story that definitely reveals something about you, it is worth sharing. I have no idea where […]

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August 17, 2020
Your Publishing Questions Answered #2: Support Authors, Amazon

Each month, Exisle Academy Home Study students have the opportunity to send in their questions to be answered by our team of publishing experts. This month, we answer a couple of interesting questions from Kiralee, who is in her second month on the program. Answers to her questions were written by our by Exisle Publishing's […]

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August 2, 2020
Exisle Academy Results in Contract for Debut Author

When Covid-19 reared its ugly head, and we were all told to batten down the hatches, many industries took a hit and publishing was no exception. Luckily, adapting to change to is something Exisle has always been good at, and it wasn’t long before the unique initiative to train aspiring authors, dubbed Exisle Academy, was […]

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July 25, 2020
Katrina McKelvey, author of Isla's Family Tree, on building a personal brand, Networking, and writing excellent books

Katrina McKelvey is a children’s author, former primary school teacher, wife, and mother to two tweenagers and a cocker spaniel! Katrina has written many children's picture books and educational readers including No Baths Week, Up To Something, Dandelions, Isla’s Family Tree (April, 2020), and Chasing Rainbows (August, 2020). For such a prolific children's author, it might surprise […]

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July 21, 2020
Your Publishing Questions Answered - Monthly Mailbag July 2020

Every month, students of Exisle Academy have the opportunity to send in their questions to be answered by our team of publishing experts. This month, we answer several perceptive questions from Larissa, a student based in Australia who joined our Home Study program this month. Answers to her questions were written by our by Exisle […]

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July 15, 2020
Robert Vescio on the topics that inspire him, and how to pitch your children's picture book

Robert Vescio worked in the publishing industry as a photo editor and production manager for over a decade before leaving to become a stay-at-home dad and children’s book writer. A big kid at heart and self-professed Disney superfan, Robert was in his element when writing books for children. It wasn’t long before his picture books […]

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