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Today I gave a speech to a political forum about the importance of the writing infrastructure we have here in WA, and why we need to maintain and improve upon the wonderful resources that are already in place. I thought some of you might be interested in reading what I had to say, because it’s all abut how writers need many resources to help them on their way; we can’t do it on our own. My Early Start As a Writer Writers don’t blossom into being overnight. Sometimes, it’s tempting to think they do, as the stories of the debut…

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One of the best things about going to writers’ festivals is meeting other writers. I was lucky enough to be invited to Brisbane Writers Festival in September and I met so many lovely writers, one of whom, Sarah Ridout, has just had her first book, Le Chateau, published. If you love the idea of a suspenseful tale set in a gorgeous French chateau, then I can thoroughly recommend her book One of the things Sarah and I talked about at the festival was her journey to publication. It’s a really interesting story of never giving up, even when things seem…

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I’ve become a big fan of audiobooks over the last year. I started using audiobooks with the kids on the drive to school to avoid the whinging and fighting and it worked a charm: dead silence in the backseat for the duration. They’ve worked their way through all of Roald Dahl, then moved onto the legendary Stig Wemyss voicing all of Andy Griffiths’ books, and we’ve just started on Alice-Miranda and the Famous Five. I started with the big guns: Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life which had me sobbing onto the steering wheel on a long drive from Margaret River…

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“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Seneca Attending the Perth Writers’ Festival last weekend reminded me of how very much this quote applies to writers. I’ve yet to meet a writer who’s been able to say, hand on heart, that everything good that’s happened to them in their writing journey has been solely down to hard work. Rather, it seems, if you do the hard work, you’re more alert to opportunities, and then luck often comes along too. Here’s a few more things I learned about writing and luck last weekend. It Takes Guts to Push On and…

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If you haven’t read Eliza Henry-Jones’s book, In the Quiet, then rush out and buy a copy. I’ve just finished it and it’s one of my favourite books this year. More about that on Book Chat next week but, in the meantime, since In the Quiet is so fabulous and it’s Eliza’s first book, I asked her if she’d  come on the blog and share how she got her book published – and not just one book; she received five offers and finally accepted a three-book deal with HarperCollins. So I was pretty excited when she said said yes to this interview.…

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Synopsis writing is hard! I used to be terrible at it—it’s one of those things that you sit down to do thinking, “I’ve written a book, how difficult can it be to write a synopsis” only to discover it’s not so easy. And there must be something happening in the writing world at the moment because I’ve had 3 people email me about writing synopses in the past couple of weeks. So I thought I’d share with you the process I’ve developed that helps me write a synopsis for a book. 1. What Needs to be in a Synopsis? You…

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Thanks Tess Woods for being my special guest today. Tess is sharing all her tips on social media for authors, having built a big social media following in a very short time. Over to you, Tess! Tess Began With No Social Media Presence At All Tess says: In the last few weeks, I’ve been asked by several authors (and some non-authors too) how I managed to get the following I have so quickly on social media. I started my Facebook page and my website in March this year and three months later I have a well known social media profile,…

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Who doesn’t love a publishing fairytale? Well, I have one for you today, and like all the best fairytales, it involves tons of hard work, perseverance, and a little bit of magic. I first heard about Alison and Nicholas Lochel via my old friend social media a few months ago. The siblings self-published their Zarkora series a couple of years ago and, due to its success, are now being published by Hachette Australia, with the first book in the series to be launched this week. So yes, those self-publishing success stories really do happen! But why did it happen for them?…

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My 4 part series about how I landed my latest publishing contract has prompted lots of questions about getting published. So I thought it might be useful if I tackled the 7 most commonly asked questions in this blog post. Be sure to let me know if you have any other questions about getting published that you’d like answered! Question: How do I find an agent? Go to the Australian Literary Agents’ Association website. This lists all of the agents who are members of an association, which means they are reputable, ethical and professional. On the website, you will find…

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We’ve gone through the pain of writing a book I hated and then finally writing one that I loved in Part 1 of this story, we’ve survived getting a new agent and all the rewriting that needed to be done to make the book ready to submit to publishers in Part 2, we’ve celebrated getting offers from 3 publishers in Part 3. Now, in Part 4, I’ll tell you all about what it was like to be told that a US agent wants to represent my book in the American market. I really do feel like I’m living under a big, beautiful…

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