To celebrate the release of THE DAY RUDOLPH’S NOSE TURNED BLUE we’ve been hitting the shops of Melbourne.

You still have a chance to come and see us!MABEL CHRISTMAS

Saturday 16 November 2019 Dymocks Doncaster Storytime 11:30
Wednesday 20 November 2019 Dymocks Southland Storytime 11:00
Saturday 23 November 2019 Dymocks Eastland Storytime 11:30
Friday 29 November 2019 Port Melbourne Festival Signing & Activities 5:30 & 6.30 (Mary Martin’s Bookshop)
Tuesday 3 December 2019 Dymocks Highpoint Signing & Activities 11:00
Saturday 7 December 2019 Collins Moonee Ponds Signing & Activities TBC
Saturday 14 December 2019 Pictures & Pages Coburg Storytime 10:30



All books are special but The Day Rudolph’s Nose Turned Blue is very special for me. It’s the first book I’ve written with my partner, Alan aka Mr X.

I wanted to write a book which was pure fun to write and I came up with the idea that Father Christmas would be already to go off on his epic present delivering journey but the reindeer were all reclining in the barn and unable to pull the sleigh. Al and I ended up trading lines to make each other laugh and from our jokes Rudolph emerged.

The fabulously talented Shane McGowan agreed to illustrate and he entered into the fun and we’ve ended up with a quirky, funny rhyming picture book.

We hope readers enjoy it as much as we three enjoyed working on it.

And if you want to know why Rudolph’s nose turned blue, you will need to read the book! (It may be because he had the flu.)


A big thank you to our Christmas elf, Mabel!

The Day Rudolph's Nose Turned Blue - Alison Reynolds


Lake Press 2019

Available Big W and Bookstores


Book Depository

Conferences and Contracts

kidlitvic 2019





At KidLitVic Meet the Publishers, we’re making the final arrangements for our conference on 25th May, 2019. From all over Australia, publishers, agents, editors, writers and illustrators will converge at the Melbourne Town Hall for a packed day of publisher panels, illustration showcase, pitches, assessments and up, close and personal sessions.

From a tiny idea that Melbourne, especially as a City of Literature, needed a conference for creators of children’s and YA literature, we are now one of the biggest conferences for creators in Australia. The support of the Australian publishing industry has been amazing and humbling.

One of the impetuses for the conference was to give attendees the chance to hear from the publishers themselves what they are seeking and how to improve their work. KidLitVic has a policy that you do not need to present a finished work to the publishers, giving attendees an opportunity to improve their work and learn the craft. The publishers do just that, by providing honest and invaluable feedback.

Sometimes it’s hard to deal with expectations when you are having an assessment. If the publisher doesn’t flourish a contract immediately, does this mean that you’re a failure and they hate you? Of course not. The chances of being offered a contract immediately are as likely as me climbing Mt Everest! (My ears pop when I go in a lift)I believe that an assessee will gain much more if they go into an assessment with the headset of what can I learn and what can I improve. And who knows, it could be the start of a long-time relationship with a publishing professional. You may not have exactly what they want, but they like your writing style and want to see future work. Gold!

This opportunity for feedback from industry professionals is priceless! It worries me that many assessment services are springing up in the Australian literary community. Some are fabulous and offer amazing feedback. Unfortunately, some are started up with the best of intentions but the knowledge and experience isn’t there and people are spending hundreds of dollars on manuscript assessments that will not help them hone their craft nor give them wise advice on where to go next.

Having an assessment or giving a pitch is an act of courage. No matter how well you write, not everybody is going to like your work. It doesn’t mean your work is bad, but it’s just not the cup of tea that the publisher craves. The taste of chai is revolting for me and even the most well-made chai in the world won’t make me change my mind.

So if you are fortunate enough to have got a hot little ticket to KidLitVic Meet the Publishers 2019, know that any feedback you receive comes from a place of experience, wisdom and an eye on the market.


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