latest books

I'm delighted to showcase my newest book with the gorgeous Tina Snerling​--Peas in a Pod! Out this June. Tina and I had so much fun with this book and it's just too cute! I'm totally in love with her illustrations--wait till you see inside.

The book will be launched at the Asian Festival of Children's Content in Singapore this June, and I'm hoping to have a book reading in Canberra sometime, too, so keep an eye on my site for more.

Pippa, Pia, Poppy, Polly and Peg are quintuplets. Since birth, they’ve done everything the same — cry, eat, sleep, sit. But as they get a little older, things start to change. Now they want to do things differently — very differently. Can Mum and Dad keep their little girls as matching peas in a pod, or will those five very individual personalities win out in the end?

Gorgeous illustrations perfectly complement this simple yet highly entertaining storyline. Sure to be enjoyed by kids and their parents!

Learn more about Peas in a Pod on the dedicated website!

I've long dreamed of a picture book series on famous Australians, and around four years ago, was fortunate to be able to approach the National Library with this idea--a series of picture books for the very young.

I was quickly set to work on some other picture books, like Australian Story, Eco Warriors and Australian Kids Through the Years (out September), but along the way, my idea for a picture book on Captain Cook took shape, and I'm beyond thrilled to officially reveal the cover of This is Captain Cook! out this March.

Illustrated by the amazing (and my dear friend) Christina Booth, this book has been the most glorious collaboration and is something I'm really proud of. It just goes to show that when you hold a dream in hand, you CAN make it happen.

Here is the book's official blurb:

Captain James Cook loved to sail. He loved making maps (he was very good at it, too) and he particularly loved shiny buttons. In this charming picture book, little ones can celebrate the life of a great mariner and true adventurer.

Join Miss Batts and her class as they tell the story of Captain Cook with a humorous and whimsical school play that’s sure to engage the very young. We see the class act out the story of Cook: as a boy watching ships on the horizon, sailing to Canada, then to Tahiti and on to New South Wales (spot the escaping chicken in each of the scenes!). Kids will discover that Captain Cook was the first European to cross the Antarctic Circle and they’ll also learn that on his final journey, he never came home again.

Parents, carers and teachers will smile at the familiar set-up of the chaotic school play and the inventive props, and enjoy eavesdropping on the audience as they interact with the performance. At the back of the book, walk through ‘Cook’s Gallery’ and see real life paintings of Cook, his ship and his travels.

Happy sailing!



Oh how I wish this had been around when I was starting out. Tania McCartney is the real deal — she knows her stuff inside out. And what’s more, she shares her knowledge with grace, wit and unwavering enthusiasm. The Fantastical Flying Creator is a gift. Grab it! I cannot recommend it more highly. - author Jen Storer

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WINNER! ACT Writing and Publishing Awards 2014

One thing I love to do is extend a helping hand to new writers, self-publishers and other industry folk--whether it be via a book review or even some advice on all I've learned in over 25 years of professional writing, editing and publishing.

As I'm planning on going underground for much of 2014 (to write, not mine for gold--although I'm hoping that will be the metaphoric outcome), I wanted to offer a catch-all place where people can find some answers.

My Ask Tania column is for people to ask any kind of question on writing, editing, publishing, book marketing, blog tours or any other literary topic. And if I can't answer the question, I'm sure I can point you in the direction of someone who can!

To ask a question, all you have to do is email me right here, with Ask Tania in the subject line. I'll publish all responses on my blog, unless you request otherwise. All published entries will remain anonymous - I'll either use your first name only, or a made-up name, if you'd prefer.

Please ask a pointed question rather than something virtually unanswerable, eg: how do I get published?

I'm looking forward to your questions!

Most people know me as an author, a writer, a word-lover. But I have a deep dark secret--I also love to draw. I actually harbour a secret dream of one day {perhaps!} being able to illustrate my own book. And so, I have set myself this challenge for 2014. Won't you join me? Read more ...

See some of my illustrations right here.