17 December 2021 | Writing

A publishing contract!

Dear blog readers, I have some news! I’m thrilled to share with you that I’ve been offered a publishing contract with Allen & Unwin for my middle-grade verse novel, Y is a crooked letter!

This book began life 11 years ago as a picture book, then turned into a middle-grade novel, then metamorphosed into a verse novel.

That’s 11 years of words – cutting, rewriting, adding, deleting, rearranging, polishing, choosing, discarding, speaking, scribbling – until I finally had something that sung.

I’m so excited to be working with Allen & Unwin! I have attended a few of their courses through the Faber and Faber Institute, met their wonderfully talented editors and read so many, so many of their beautiful books. It is an honour to be connected with Allen and Unwin, and I’m looking forward to a creative collaboration with their lovely publisher, Anna McFarlane. Dream come true!

So grateful to my agent, Danielle Binks, for signing me, giving me such wise counsel in her writerly feedback and in navigating me through the process of pitching to publishers and negotiating deals. She is a gem!

Y is a crooked letter will be published in June 2023, and I look forward to sharing more of the publishing and writing process with you next year.

And stay tuned – I may have more exciting news early next year!

Her sheer audacity



Karen! This is such wonderful news! Congratulations!

big love to you all!


December 17, 2021 at 8:56 am


Karen, I am so thrilled for you.

December 17, 2021 at 9:02 am


So thrilled for you Karen after all those years of perseverance! What a fabulous Christmas present xx

December 17, 2021 at 9:18 am


πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ huge congratulations, a wonderful achievement πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

December 17, 2021 at 9:41 am


Such an achievement πŸ‘πŸ‘βœοΈβœοΈ

December 17, 2021 at 9:43 am

Shirley Alexander

Congratulations Karen. Wonderful well deserved news and such a great publisher to be with.
Can’t wait to see your book out there on the shelves in bookshops.

December 17, 2021 at 10:25 am


Just rewards for your talent and years of perseverance… congratulations, Karen. I’m so very pleased for you!

December 17, 2021 at 10:39 am


Oh Karen great news and well deserved, very proud to know an author, happy Christmas ❀️

December 17, 2021 at 11:11 am

Nicole Avery

Love this so much Karen! Congratulations and well done.

December 17, 2021 at 12:27 pm

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