30 July 2012 / 5 comments
So I am now subjecting this blog to the same fate as my novels - rejection and failure. Today I found out that I had not been selected as one of the five Emerging Bloggers for the Melbourne Writers Festival. For my submission, I had to write up to 500 words on the theme 'Enquire Within'. Although I was slightly doubtful about my 500 words, I did have confidence in this blog being perfect for the gig. I hope that what I write about and the answers that I seek from other writers, publishers and agents respond to many of the questions other emerging writers have.

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An indie book a month

21 July 2012 / Leave a Comment
I've got a confession to make and you may not like it. You're likely to suspect that I'm a great big phony. But I'm going to tell you anyway, as I want to do something about it...

I've been banging on about all these great indie publishers lately. I've even made lists of my favourites and published them on this blog. I've made assessments of them based on their websites, book covers, blurbs and reviews of their books. I've submitted my manuscript to a couple of them. Some of these independent publishers have even been kind enough to contribute to this blog.

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Indie Publisher – MidnightSun Publishing

20 July 2012 / 4 comments

According to their website,  ‘MidnightSun Publishing has grown out of a disenchantment with the established publishing houses in Australia. We know there are plenty of fabulous manuscripts about unusual topics floating around, but publishing new and unknown writers poses a big risk. MidnightSun is prepared to take that risk.’ 

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Recently in print - Katie O'Rourke

19 July 2012 / 3 comments

Today is publication day of Katie O’Rourke’s first novel Monsoon Season. Happy publication day, Katie! A few weeks ago, I approached Katie with a series of questions about how she became a published author. Here is what she had to say…

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Manuscript nibbles - The Publisher

11 July 2012 / 2 comments

Rebecca Starford is the associate publisher at Affirm Press, a Melbourne-based publishing company committed to publishing books that have a positive impact on the community. Affirm Press publishes new and under-published authors and distinguish themselves through their editorial commitment. Rebecca Starford was deputy editor at Australian Book Review and is the co-founder and editor of Kill Your Darlings.

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Manuscript nibbles - The Agent

10 July 2012 / Leave a Comment

Virginia Lloyd is an Australian literary agent, editor, freelance writer, and the author of The Young Widow’s Book of Home Improvement, a memoir. She has recently agented the highly successful debut novel of Fiona Higgins, The Mothers’ Group, published by Allen & Unwin. Virginia has edited all of Lily Brett’s novels, including her new novel Lola Bensky that is being published by Penguin Books Australia later this year.

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