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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.
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 Exilse 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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July 12, 2020
Dr. Cate Howell on using her intuition and writing in a beach cabin!

Dr Cate Howell is a jack of all trades! She is a medical practitioner, therapist, educator, public speaker, and author. Cate is passionate about sharing knowledge and practical advice on mental health and to that end, she has authored five books on mental health and counselling including The Changing Man, A mental Health Guide; Listening, […]

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June 29, 2020
Interview with Alyss Thomas, Author of The Journal Writer's Companion

Alyss Thomas is a senior psychotherapist with over 30 years of experience. She is also an experienced writer who has worked as a writing coach for over 20 years. She is the author of The 1000 Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask Yourself, and her articles and poetry have appeared in numerous anthologies. As […]

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June 15, 2020
Interview with Dr. Joanna North, Author of Mind Kind

Dr Joanna North is a doctor of psychotherapy, a chartered psychologist and a chartered scientist with 30 years of experience working with children, adults, and families. In 2017, she earned the CPS Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in Practice Award for her work with adopted children. Her latest book, Mind Kind, is a simple yet effective […]

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June 5, 2020
Interview with Lilian Wissink, Author of The Creative Seed

Lilian Wissink has over twenty years’ experience as a counselling psychologist. Her passion lies in assisting people to discover and realise their true potential by helping them to develop compassionate self-awareness, find new creative outlets and learn new skills. Lilian’s own creative expression has taken many forms over the years including acting, drawing, painting, photography, […]

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June 1, 2020
Interview With Susanne Gervay, Author of The Boy in the Big Blue Glasses

Susanne Gervay grew up in Sydney, Australia, as the child of Hungarian refugees. It wasn't easy being part of a family that had experienced war, loss and had emigrated to a country where they didn’t speak the language. Fortunately, books were always there to bring her comfort and encouragement. As a result, her children’s books […]

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May 25, 2020
Interview with Dr. Eric Goodman, Author of Social Courage and Your Anxiety Beast and You

What Drove You to Write Your Book? As a clinical psychologist that reads and recommends a lot of self-help books, I noticed that so many books make false promises to the reader. Specifically, books that claim that you can become anxiety-free if you follow their advice is a concern of mine. Not only is anxiety […]

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