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Call for Early Reader submissions

Further to our update on submissions last week, we are now calling for submissions for Early Reader titles. Please ensure you have also read our general guidelines if you are interested in submitting your manuscript.

Wombat Books is increasing our publication of Early Reader titles by building a new list for 6-8 year olds. We are open to submissions for Early Reader titles as of the 1st of November 2013.

We are looking for Early Reader manuscripts that consider the following guidelines:

  • between 5,000-10,000 words
  • family friendly
  • features relatable characters or those that children can look up to (good role models)
  • is encouraging, positive and uplifting
  • engages the family and leaves a lasting impression
  • can feature issues (health, allergies, social awareness etc)
  • structured in short, easy-to-read chapters
  • appeals to both boys and girls
  • aspires to our motto of “books you will want to share”

Please refer to our current early reader chapter books to see the types of stories we are looking for:



These stories engage children with an entertaining story that portrays family friendly values while being adventurous and fun to read. Please refer to the general information above if you wish to submit your manuscript.

For further details on submission requirements visit our submissions page.

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An interview with Dawn Meredith

An interview with Dawn Meredith

Hi, I’m Dawn! I love robots and gadgets, cartoons and dragons and enjoy hanging out with our animals. I teach kids of all ages, just one at a time, to read & write and have loads of fun doing it! I have lots and lots of goofy ideas banging around in my head, waiting to jump out onto my computer screen. If only I had five pairs of hands! Or had five clones of me…

Question 1: What was your first book published?

Donald Bradman for the Livewires series in 2000

Question 2: What is your favourite part about being an author?

Hearing kids talk about my books and the characters they love. It still makes me tingle all over!

Question 3: What is the hardest part about being an author?

Working at writing, when you’d rather be watching Ben Ten Alien Force

Question 4: What do you do for fun?

Hang out with our dogs, chooks & cat, watch cartoons, do art, make stuff, go bushwalking with our horse and grow magnificent flowers in our garden.

Question 5: How do you test out your stories? Or who do you test them on?

I have test readers. Some are kids, some are adults. My ‘first’ test readers read the raw stuff, as it comes, and give me feedback pretty much straight away. Other test readers often read a whole manuscript, up to 100,000 words!

Question 6: What was your favourite children’s book when you were a kid?

Enid Blyton’s ‘Famous Five’ series, but I also loved the classics, such as Black Beauty, Robinson Crusoe, Heidi and Alice in Wonderland and Little House on the Prairie.

Question 7: What is your favourite children’s book now?

Probably Cornelia Funke’s Reckless

Question 8: Have you ever travelled overseas as an author?

Yes, I travelled to Cornwall in England, the rough sea coast of pirates and smugglers to write a novel for teens set there.

Question 9: What writing genre do you like to do the most?

I like fiction and non-fiction, but love fantasy and sci-fi the best.

Question 10: What do you consider your biggest achievement?

Finishing four full length novels

Question 11: Where do you see the future of children’s books (ebooks/apps/print)?

I think there will always be people like me who love the smell, feel and look of a real book in their hands, so I’m not worried about e-publishing taking over. One of my books, The Anything Shop, is both print and ebook. So is my new release of my first book, Sir Donald Bradman.

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