Jenna Moreci's advice for writers on using YouTube

30 September 2014 / Leave a Comment
I came across one of Jenna Moreci's videos in one of those newspapers that people keep linking my content in (what on earth are those newspaper things? I need to interview someone about them in a future blog post! ...) Anyway, I happened to click on a Jenna Moreci video and I'm really glad I did. The video was called 'The Consequences of Taking Risks'. I found Jenna to be engaging, dynamic and, even more importantly, she had interesting things to say ... like 'being ambitious often means being lonely' or if you take risks 'you're going to have to do things that make you uncomfortable.' Jenna is a model, sci-fi writer, blogger and YouTuber ... here she has some great advice about how writers can use YouTube ...

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Small press pop quiz - Penner Publishing

29 September 2014 / Leave a Comment
What makes Penner Publishing different to other publishers?
Unlike a lot of small publishers that have emerged in the last few years, we are an advance paying publisher. While we agree that eBooks are the present and likely the future, we don't want to shun print books. We're planning to do a simultaneous or near simultaneous print release. We're also seeking out opportunities to feature selected titles in bookstores. We don't believe in alienating readers who might prefer print. We also don't want to eliminate opportunities for discoverability. As readers, we've found a majority of our favorite authors at libraries and in bookstores and want to keep those options open for our authors.

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10 reasons why I'm pleased I self-published on Screwpulp

25 September 2014 / Leave a Comment
My first novel Searching for Von Honningsbergs was longlisted for the Australian Vogel Award twice, but it was one of those books that I could never come up with a neat one-liner for. It was a fun, but almost unexplainable book. If someone asked, I would mutter 'it's about an artist that travels around the world trying to retrieve paintings by another artist for an exhibition back in Australia, but it's really his story about wanting to be an artist.' I usually lost people by the third time I said the word 'artist'.  The novel had a certain quality about it that two sets of Vogel judges liked, but somehow I felt as though I was going to struggle finding a publisher for it. I never really thought about self-publishing until I came across Screwpulp in January this year. I liked the look of their site and the crowd-driven pricing model for their books. I thought ‘what the hell, I’ll give it a go’. 

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100,000 reads and 8 things I love about Wattpad

24 September 2014 / Leave a Comment
For anyone who has been reading this blog, you’d know that I’m a big fan of Wattpad. Three years back, I submitted my half-complete novel ‘Silver’ to a YA competition with a major Australian publisher. It didn’t make the longlist. I felt discouraged. I felt like it was never going to fit into YA; it was too slow, there were too many descriptions of fine architecture, there was sex in there, which I’d recently discovered was a no-no for YA (violence is okay, but sex is not, apparently!) I felt like I didn’t read enough YA, I didn’t know the audience well enough. I was so overcome with self-doubt that I stopped writing it. I shifted it to a folder named ‘development’ and forgot about it. Then this year, I discovered Wattpad and all the teen readers on there, and I thought I’d post a few chapters of ‘Silver’ to see how it went down. I started receiving glowing feedback really quickly and reader’s comments like ‘you have to finish this’ and ‘I relate so much to Sylvie’ inspired me to finish writing it.

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Steve Vincent on his debut novel The Foundation

17 September 2014 / Leave a Comment
Steve Vincent's debut novel The Foundation was published by Momentum last week. The Foundation is a political thriller, described by one reviewer as: ‘This is a jet-setting, alarming, bang-pow-kaboom read full of metaphorical and literal bloodshed, political machinations you’ll hope desperately will never become reality, and late-night giant-popcorn-wielding funsies.’ Here Steve tells us about how he came to write The Foundation, about writing like a madman and the '10k day' ...

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Small press pop quiz - Fitzcarraldo Editions

15 September 2014 / 1 comment
What makes Fitzcarraldo Editions different to other publishers?
I decided to set up Fitzcarraldo Editions because, very simply, I believe there is space in UK trade publishing for a serious literary press focusing on ambitious, imaginative and innovative writing, both in translation and in the English language.

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Booktrack - a reading soundtrack

10 September 2014 / Leave a Comment
Booktrack is a unique platform that allows authors to create audio soundtracks for their stories. Whether it’s a companion piece of music or the sound of a phone ringing, Booktrack can help enhance the reading experience. Here I ask Paul Cameron, CEO, Co-founder and Director, about how he came up with the idea for Booktrack ...

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10 tips for authors working with an editor

3 September 2014 / Leave a Comment

I really believe in the role of a good editor, so I was really excited about finally getting to work with editors on my stories. I work as an editor in my day job at an art gallery. To be honest, I find it quite intimidating, as often I edit catalogue essays by curators or academics – people who know far more about the artists and art history than I do. When I write a query to them, I’ve probably sat there for five minutes thinking about it. So I know that if an editor suggests something, it’s not done lightly. Here’s some tips for authors working with an editor:

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