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"I got published!": Gabe McGrath

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We love hearing from our students no matter what they have to say, but when we hear of a student being published, we just want to shout it from the rooftops! We’re a little scared of heights, so we’ll go with a blog post instead.

Gabe says:

For the past few years, our little boy has really been through the wringer (as have we!) in terms of a gluten-related illness and the required medical testing. I thought it was a story worth telling, and having seen so many Australian Writers' Centre graduates appear on I thought it worth a try.

I emailed a pitch to the editor, included a catchy first sentence, and she said she was interested in seeing it on spec. I wrote it over a couple of weeks, then sent it with a heads up that Coeliac Week was about to start, hoping that might give me an edge.

I got a three word reply, which I'll cut and paste…
“Perfect, thank you!”

Even though it was at the high end of Essential Kids' word count range (1100 words, versus 800-900 normally) it was published with very few cuts or changes, so that was a great confidence booster. My piece generated some great comments and social media shares, and since then I've written two more pieces for Essential Kids: a celebrity interview and a gallery/advice piece '20 terrific kids books you didn't grow up with'.

Congratulations Gabe! Wanna read what he wrote? Check out the article here.
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