Books and Publishing Review!

I’ve been lucky enough to have Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal feature in Books and Publishing, the premier magazine for publishers, booksellers, and librarians all around Australia.

Highly compelling, intensely moving and ultimately hopeful, this book heralds the arrival of a talented new young adult author.

The article is behind a paywall for a month, and then I can post it here. Hooray!! There are so many things happening, and I’m racing to keep up. Go Peta!

Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal: first review!!

This could have been a terrible moment… but it wasn’t! It was the best! @cakeandmadness is an #ownvoices reader who share’s Peta’s diagnoses/neurodivergence. I’m so relieved she rated Peta Lyre FIVE STARS!!!

I cried happy tears when I finished reading – it was so good and so validating to feel SEEN; to see someone like me written BY someone like me.

Goodreads review here ~ https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3199642336

Pre orders are open all over the place, including Booktopia!

VLOG!!!

It’s pretty clear I don’t blog, and I don’t have many ways for people to get to know me other than Twitter… so I thought I’d give vlogs a go! SUPER FUN! Head on over, and leave me a comment or question 😀 Once I’m all set up, I can release news and keep everyone up to date on *things*.

I’ll put new content up whenever I can – most likely daily at first – and see what people would like. Also have to manage the tech side. I don’t have a mic yet, but I have plans to get one. It will all happen eventually… ;p

Cover Reveals and Fundraiser!

A lot to add in one post, but I have too much news! We’ve revealed the cover of Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal and it’s gorgeous!! Thank you to Astred for her design! See the twitter fun here: https://twitter.com/AnnaWhateley/status/1204317253535092736?s=20

We also had a cover reveal for Growing Up Disabled in Australia! More twitter action here: https://twitter.com/BlackIncBooks/status/1201720229581205504?s=20

My final thing, and the reason I ventured back to my little web site, is more serious. The bushfires destroying out country have left the rural fire brigades exhausted, and they need our help. #AuthorsForFireys is raising money by auctioning off authory things and the winning bids are donated to the CFA!

Here’s my auction for an ARC that hasn’t been printed yet… https://twitter.com/AnnaWhateley/status/1214362661187538950?s=20

Wish me luck!

#YAFanFest19 Superproof!!

On Thursday last week I had a *creative life moment* when my name reached print for the first time! Allen & Unwin held the #YAFanFest19 superproof event in Melbourne, and I was lucky enough to have the first two chapters of Peta Lyre’s Rating Normal included!

The list of authors on the panel was impressive: @elliemarney, @AmieKaufman, @garthnix, @garthnix and @AstridScholte!!!! And check out the other names on this contents page – Scott Westerfeld? OMG.

Here is me looking big on a big screen….

Some great friends from my #6amAusWriters twitter group were there and sending me sneak previews of the superproof (thanks Belinda and Kate!). My awesome agent does the best Insta posts!

All in all, it was an incredible event and I’m so lucky to be supported in this way by my publishers <3

(also, yes, I’m clearly not a blogger, this is just news, straight up!)