My passion for children’s literature developed
when I was a young primary school teacher.
At first, this passion was all about connecting young readers with wonderful stories and books and helping them along the path to becoming lifelong readers. Eventually though, this love of children’s literature led me to wanting to write my own books for children.
After many years of writing and submitting and collecting a teetering pile of rejection slips, I got my first break when I gained a position as a contract writer for The Book Company Publishing, writing texts for their novelty books. While penning away dozens and dozens of novelty book stories, I also started to write for the education market and wrote numerous readers and chapter books for school reading programs.
2004 saw the publication of my first trade middle grade novel, Battle of the Rats. Since then I have written nineteen trade books in a variety of genres: fiction and nonfiction, picture books through to YA, including the best-selling, Missing and the award-winning A Swim in the Sea, illustrated by Meredith Thomas. My contemporary novel for readers 10+, Get a Grip Cooper Jones, my narrative nonfiction picture book Platypus, illustrated by Mark Jackson, and picture book Beware the Deep Dark Forest, illustrated by Annie White, were all CBCA Notable Books. My latest books are The Book of Chance, a mystery/suspense novel for readers 10+, which was shortlisted for the 2021 CBCA Book of the Year Awards and Highly Commended in the 2021 Davitt Awards for Best Children’s Crime Novel, and the picture book, Good Question, illustrated by Annie White, which was a CBCA Notable Book.
In 2005 I left teaching to pursue a career in publishing and was Publishing Manager and Senior Commissioning Editor at Walker Books Australia for ten years, before leaving in 2016 to concentrate on my writing and to work from home as a freelance editor, writing coach and mentor, and tutor for The Australian Writers’ Centre.
I now have more time for speaking gigs, which is an added bonus as I love sharing my passion for story and storytelling, reading and writing with people of all ages.
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Sue Whiting is an award-winning children’s and YA author and editor who has worked in publishing for two decades. Sue was senior commissioning editor and publishing manager for Walker Books Australia for many years before leaving in 2016 to concentrate on her writing. As a storyteller and schools’ performer, Sue has informed, inspired and entertained thousands of kids across the country. She is also a freelance children’s book editor and writing coach, and the author of numerous books, including the bestselling Missing, the award-winning A Swim in the Sea and a number of CBCA Notable Books. Sue’s latest books are The Book of Chance a mystery/suspense novel for readers 10+, which was shortlisted for the 2021 CBCA Book of the Year Awards and Highly Commended in the 2021 Davitt Awards, and the picture book, Good Question, illustrated by Annie White, which was named a CBCA Notable Book.