Debbie Kahl – YA & Children's Fiction Writer

{October 31, 2010}   My new blog post at We Love YA

I’d love you to¬†check out my new guest blog at the We Love YA site and comment with some constructive feedback. ūüėÄ


This week I did something I once swore I’d never, ever do. I enrolled to do more study. Not earth shattering news I know and the declaration was made such a long time ago – after four years at Uni and two degrees – but still. I was absolutely adamant I would never go back and study ever again. Guess that just goes to show we should never say never because, as of today, I’ve started my Diploma of Professional Book Editing, Proofreading & Publishing.

And why on earth would I want to do that you may ask? Well, I’m not really sure. What I do know is that I want to learn more about editing manuscripts (especially my own) and lots of people ask me to proof their manuscripts too, so I’d honestly like to know what I’m talking about. And once upon a time I, quite stupidly, thought a decade plus¬†experience as an English teacher may actually make me a good proofreader. Unfortunately, although it’s given me a great grounding in grammar and spelling, I’m still not brilliant at editing.¬†But hopefully very soon (after lots of assignments and a bit more experience) that will turn around. ūüôā

On a different topic, I received my judge’s feedback from the CYA writing competition yesterday and was pleasantly surprised. Like most writers, I’m often struck with self doubt in my writing abilities but I’m happy to report that out of 100%, I received 73% from one judge and 75% from the other. Which I don’t think is too bad for someone who’s only been writing creatively for two years. And I have some excellent feedback that I’m going to work into my manuscript over the next few weeks.¬† Wish me luck!

Have a great writing week everyone. x

{October 20, 2010}   So I’ve been busy…

Ok so my blog has been a bit quiet of late… Sorry, but I’ve been a little busy. Firstly, if you hadn’t heard, I was helping out with my school musical. It was manic, dramatic, fabulous and everything I expected it to be.¬† What’s even better is the ideas and behind the scenes actions (which will be given a fictional twist of course) that have given me great inspiration for my BB sequel. I’m currently rewriting parts of BB, including the first chapter which I hope I’ll like better, before sending it out for further editing and hopefully publication. Then I get to start developing this next one. ūüôā

Secondly, I’ve been working on my picture book text and although it received great reviews from my children’s writing group on the weekend, I know it’s not perfect. That’s why I’ve asked the fabulous & extremely talented Jackie Hosking to have a look at it for me, which she’s agreed to do.¬†Hopefully in the near future I will have some excellent feedback to help me iron out those small imperfections, so I can send it back to the publisher who’s interested in it.

Lastly, I met the very talented and lovely Graeme Base (Animalia, The Eleventh Hour etc..) on Monday night at the always fabulous Riverbend Books. Aside from meeting one of my very favourite children’s authors, I found his¬†thoughts on the future of books and digital publishing both interesting and informative. It’s definitely an area that all writers should be focusing on. After all,¬†whether we like it or not, technology is most definitely the future of ‘the book’.

As a final note, I’m looking forward to attending¬†Sheryl Gwyther’s book launch¬†of Charlie and the Red Hot Chilli Pepper at Blackcat Books, Paddington this Friday. I first¬†encountered Charlie and the Red Hot Chilli Pepper (which is a chapter book for 8-9 year olds) at the 2010 CYA Conference, where it was receiving rave reviews. All young people should seek out a copy of this book, find a comfy reading spot and settle in with it for the afternoon or night. Highly recommend it as a great read for kids! For more information on Sheryl and her books, please visit her website –

Don’t forget¬†to¬†join my facebook group page: Debbie Kahl – YA and Children’s Writer @!/group.php?gid=130781426951112¬†

Well, I think that’s it. Have an awesome writing week everyone. ‘Til next time. xx

Come and check out my new guest blog at We Love YA on Contemporary YA fiction.

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