Purple Party People, Emerging Writers Festival and a filled to the brim day

26 May 2012 / Leave a Comment
I am slowly losing grip of the life I used to have before I became determined a few months ago to try my best to become a proper writer. I began trying to write every day for the Hardie Grant Ampersand Project. Then I started this blog when I tried to give freelance writing and magazine pitches a go (a grand failure). Slowly this blog morphed into being about trying to get my novel published and opportunities out there for writers. And I realised that I want this blog to be for all emerging writers like me - who are suffering from the pain of rejection, but suffer equally from unequivocal hope.

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Number of manuscript rejections

19 May 2012 / 2 comments
Last week I received two manuscript rejections. But my salvation was coming across James Hughes’s list of famous literary rejections (via William Yatscoff’s guest post on my blog). It was the perfect antidote to the feeling that nobody is ever going to like my book enough to publish it. Here is my shortlist of famous literary rejections that I will return to, any time I need to lift my spirits again:

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Publisher - Bookkus Publishing

14 May 2012 / 1 comment


Bookkus Publishing is a unique independent publisher launching this year and they are currently seeking manuscripts. Based in Canada, they are initially focusing on eBooks and will then be moving into paperbacks. What makes Bookkus different is that a community of readers select the books that Bookkus will publish.

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Publisher - Alfie Dog Limited

11 May 2012 / Leave a Comment



Alfie Dog Limited is an exciting new publishing company which will publish a range of short stories and books in a number of genres. On 16 May they will be launching short stories to download and read at your leisure, including a story by Neil Randall – who I have featured here on this blog. Managing Director Rosemary J. Kind shared more about Alfie Dog…



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Dear Editor

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Please find my manuscript enclosed. It may not be to your taste, but that's okay, not everything is to my taste either. Just please respond to me one way or another.


I know that you haven't heard of me, as I don't have a public profile, or any published work to speak of. What I have though, is a manuscript that I have been working on for almost ten years. I have spent $250 on a manuscript assessment, and a fine sum in submitting it to awards. However, these have not been the only costs this book has incurred.

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Manuscript submission opportunities

7 May 2012 / 1 comment
I am adding to and working through this list of who to possibly send my manuscript to (fiction publishers currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts)...

Australian publishers

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Preditors and Editors

6 May 2012 / Leave a Comment
Have just discovered the website Preditors and Editors. Aside from giving warnings about dodgy publishers - it's a good listing of publishers around the world http://pred-ed.com/
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Submission advice for writers from a Publisher

4 May 2012 / 3 comments

Michael Hanrahan Publisher at Rough Draft has been kind enough to offer some submission advice for us writers trying to get our manuscripts published. I confess that I have sent first drafts to publishers, ignored some aspects of submission guidelines and submitted to not quite right publishers. Next time I'm going to follow Michael's advice...

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When can I call myself a writer?

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Every day I try to spend a couple of hours dedicated to my writing. Some days it might be working on one of my books, other days it might be writing a freelance piece, or reading and commenting on other author's books on Authonomy, or, often these days, it is spending time on my blog or twitter. I am writing all the time. But when can I call myself a writer?

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