Feb 18

Exciting Bookish News

It gives me great pleasure to announce that I have recently taken on the role of Managing Editor of the amazing Australian children’s book review website, Kids’ Book Review.

I have written reviews for Kids’ Book Review for some time and for the past 18 months have been contributing to the site as a Senior Reviewer. I love the philosophy of KBR – helping little imaginations soar! – and am thoroughly delighted to now be taking on this new role as site founder Tania McCartney takes time out to focus on her own busy writing career.

At the beginning of the year, I made a commitment to myself that I would focus my time and energy on the activities and projects that I was passionate about. There was a video posted by a friend on Facebook earlier this year (which I can’t find now, of course), that talked about the importance of following your passions and being true to what you really believe and love, rather than taking the sensible, pragmatic path.

I really believe that this opportunity with Kids’ Book Review has come along because I am finally allowing myself to consider taking my love of books and writing seriously. This is where I want to invest my time and energy and taking on the position of Managing Editor at KBR is just the first of several opportunities that are already taking shape for 2013. I’m really excited about the year ahead.

You can find out more about the changes at Kids’ Book Review here, including details about an opportunity to become involved with the site as a partner (ie reviewer/contributor). If you’re passionate about promoting fantastic books for children of all ages, we’d love to hear from you.

I confess that I’m feeling a little bit giddy as I try to get myself into a new routine that involves managing Kids’ Book Review as well as contributing to other book/writing projects and maintaining Reading Upside Down. In a moment of hopefulness at the beginning of the year, I signed up for the WorkLifeBliss Home Study Program. At that stage, I had no ‘work’ other than writing for my blog and my review contributions to Kids Book Review. Signing up felt right, however, so I went ahead with the hope that by the time the study program started in March I would actually have some work, and more specifically a sense of purpose and a focused dream to pursue, and would therefore benefit from the guidance and information being offered in the course.

Less than a month later, I find myself taking on a Managing Editor role, working on a second website concept with someone that I met at the Newy Twistmas gathering at the end of the last year, and finalising my contribution to a book on children’s creativity that will be released later this year. It’s all very exciting (and just a bit overwhelming at times, but I’m working on that).

It’s amazing what a difference taking that first step of faith can make.

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  1. Tania McCartney

    I absolutely LOVE your leap of faith and the fact that you are striding towards your passion – it fills my heart with joy. Also thrills me to know KBR is in incredible, talented, capable hands. You know it’s not been easy for me to back away – thank you for your talent, your dedication, your wonderful self. You are going to soar.

    Tania McCartney´s last blog post ..Eco Warriors: to the rescue!

  2. Cathy

    Yay Susan, what a great opportunity for you and one I know you will excel in. Your enthusiasm and passion for books and literacy inspires me. xoxo

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