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"Flying through Clouds" is at the printer

Michelle Morgan - Monday, February 13, 2017

In the last month, I not only finished compiling teachers' notes for Flying through Clouds, but I've almost finalised the itinerary of a book tour, started planning a blog tour, and the big one - I sent the final PDF files for Flying through Clouds to Griffin Press for printing.

After compiling the Teachers' Notes, I ran them past a friend and former high school English teacher, who had some helpful advice. I made a few changes then sent the final Teachers' Notes to Australian Standing Orders and uploaded the PDF to the Books page of my website.

I set the date for the launch of Flying through Clouds in Bowral - 1 April - then proceeded to organise a book tour. I wanted to follow the route taken by my main character in Flying through Clouds. I've organised author talks and workshops at bookshops and libraries in Canberra, the South Coast, Sydney, the Hunter, New England, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and North Coast of NSW. Dymocks in Brisbane and Armidale Library have already posted publicity for their events on the web. I'll put the full itinerary of the book tour on this blog as soon as the details are finalised.

I've also started arranging a blog tour, where I'll be writing articles to be published as guest posts on various author and literary blogs. Some of these articles will be about Flying through Clouds, others will be about writing for young adults, my research process, marketing strategies, publishing journey, historical events that inspired me and some interesting trivia.

It was a painstaking task having to read through the final PDFs to be sent to the printers. I alternated between reading the proofs on paper, on an iPad and a PC. Arielle Gamble, the cover and layout artist, did a brilliant job with the final changes and I sent the PDFs to the printer on 2 February. The printer has a backlog of jobs and has been slowed down by blackouts due to the heatwaves this summer. I'm hoping they meet the deadline and deliver the printed books in the first week of March.

Every Wednesday morning I've been busy compiling tweets and posting them on behalf of the Historical Novel Society of Australasia. The 2017 HNSA Conference will be held in Melbourne in September, and I'm part of a volunteer social media team helping with publicity. I'll also be appearing on a panel of authors at a satellite HNSA event in Sydney on 26 July.

Only three more nail-biting weeks until Flying through Clouds arrives back from the printer. 

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Reviews of "Racing the Moon"

Michelle Morgan - Friday, May 23, 2014

This is what some reviewers had to say about Racing the Moon:

“Racing the Moon is confronting Young Adult fiction and readers of any age will be captivated by Joe, who wins our admiration as a stoic and heroic figure." (Deb Robins, ReadPlus, 28 April 2014).

"Beautifully written, this book is a great read for 10 to 15 year-olds. I would recommend it to read aloud to a class. It has humour, history and plenty of childhood escapades to keep the listener engaged." (Nova Gibson, Massey Primary, Allen & Unwin Teacher Reviews, April 2014)

“Set in Sydney during the Great Depression, this is a beautifully written, well-researched and deeply engaging story." (Wendy Noble, Good Reading, April 2014)

"This story is skilfully written, the pace is swift and it kept me so engaged I finished it in two sittings.”... “This is an auspicious start to what could be a lengthy career as a writer for the YA market and I look forward to reading more of Michelle's work." (Barbara Braxton, ReadPlus, 17 March 2014).

“Potentially confronting strong topics such as domestic violence and sexual abuse are treated sensitively for the intended readership, so with its feisty hero and interesting characters and events, this engaging novel is recommended for Upper Primary to Lower Secondary readers.” (Chloe Mauger, Magpies, vol. 29, Issue no.1, March 2014, p. 38.)

“Racing the Moon is a captivating historical narrative set in the Great Depression. Morgan has created a refreshingly frank and necessary narrative we must read and you are guaranteed not to be disappointed.” (All the Buzz about Books, Issue 1, 2014, p. 4)

"I would recommend this story for young people who enjoy character-driven historical fiction. Clear and compelling, this book will leave its audience with a genuine feel for life during the Depression." (Ann Harth, Buzz Words, 6 Feb 2014)

There are also excellent Teachers' notes by Fran Knight on the Allen & Unwin website.

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Teachers' Notes are now available for "Racing the Moon"

Michelle Morgan - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Fantastic Teachers' Notes have been compiled by Fran Knight for Allen & Unwin and are now available for use and study within schools. The notes show how Racing the Moon can be used in English and History within the Australian curriculum. While focusing on the language and literary aspects of Racing the Moon, the notes also cover topics such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Depression, Money, Abuse, Uniforms, Reform Schools and Women's role.

There is also a link to the Teachers' Notes on my Books page.

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