28 October 2012 / 3 comments

Narrativs is a social publishing enterprise that aims to enrich the experience of storytelling by transforming the way we interact with the narrative. Narrativs provides a digital creative space for writers, readers, editors and literary enthusiasts to collaborate, create and present inspiring and motivating pieces of literature.

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What happens next … advice for first-time authors from a Publisher

16 October 2012 / 3 comments

For a long time, it’s just been you and your book. You have been the master of your story. You have dreamt of someone wanting to publish this baby of yours. However, it can be a difficult time letting go of your book and letting other people care for it as well. Here is what Michael Hanrahan, Publisher at Rough Draft, has to say about what to expect in the production, editing and promotion phase of your first book …

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PANDORA Australia's Web Archive

10 October 2012 / 4 comments
As I mentioned in a previous post, the National Library of Australia recently contacted me to see if I would be happy for this blog to be archived on PANDORA Australia's Web Archive. This blog is now publicly available on the PANDORA archive. It feels a little like when I had a lot of hair cut off recently and the hairdresser asked if he could keep my hair. It feels nice to have been asked - but weird that my hair will have a life of its own after I've parted with it (apparently the hairdresser wants to experiment on dying it - I had a lot chopped off, and my hair is ridiculously thick ...)

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Indie book a month - Serve the People

8 October 2012 / 2 comments
Serve the people Yan Lianke

I've always had a bizarre interest in Communism.  As an exchange student in Latvia in the mid-1990s I collected Soviet memorabilia; a fluffy ear hat, army coat and military badges - much to the horror of my Latvian host parents. I have succumbed to red tourism, seeking out Soviet statue graveyards in Lithuania and infamous embalmed Communist leaders lying in state. So I was captivated already when I read in a review that Yan Lianke's novel Serve the People had been banned in China because it 'Slanders Mao Zedong, the army, and is overflowing with sex ... Do not distribute, pass around, comment on, excerpt from it or report on it.'

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