JOY’S TOP TIP FOR ASPIRING AUTHORS: While warning that getting a book published these days is not easy, don’t let that stop you.
Joy Noble has worked in Australia as a social worker and administrator and in New Guinea as a community development worker. After retirement she co-founded Volunteering SA, authored a number of books on volunteer management and co-edited the Australian Journal on Volunteering for its first three years. In 2002 she was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to the volunteer movement within Australia.
Why do you write? My first idea of writing was after I retired from work in the area of social welfare. I was happy with most of the work I had been involved in, but knew there were areas and ways in which things could have been improved. I hoped that a book relating to my experiences might prove useful to current day workers. The book was in the format of an exchange of letters because there was a danger that I would write in technological format! The response to that book was so positive that it encouraged me to continue writing.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer? I would find myself spending too much time on crosswords, sudoku etc.
What was your toughest obstacle to becoming published? Getting published was easier 20 to 30 years ago than it is today with a number of bookstores closing and people reading e-books.
What’s the best aspect of your writing life? The best aspect of my writing life is getting books published and receiving acknowledgement from satisfied readers.
… the worst? The worst aspect these days is trying to find a publisher.
What would you do differently if you were starting out now as a writer? I would be more inclined to produce edited collections in order to encompass the ideas of a number of people of different ages and interests.
What do you wish you’d been told before you set out to become an author? Go for it!
What’s the best advice you were ever given? Keep going!
Joy Noble and Fiona Johnston
Illustrations: Lucy Buxton
This illustrated children’s book aims to help children discover more about the world around them and develop a sense of curiosity. Through the pages younger readers learn about things such as how technology has changed the world, how our awesome bodies work, different animals and their roles and the power of music and its impact on the world. Educational and fun, with lots of illustrations, Wow! The Wonders of Our World is an engaging read for parents and caregivers looking to show kids just how amazing the world really is.
The book is available here.