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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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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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My first book, What is Left Over, After was published in 2010. It’s only sold about 2,000 copies, which might seem small to many people, and as if it’s a failure. Perhaps it’s only sold 2,000 copies because it’s not a very good book; obviously I can’t judge that. But the manuscript for the book won the TAG Hungerford Award over and above all the other manuscripts submitted that year. That seems to indicate it has some merit. But it’s also important to recognise that Fremantle Press, who’ve supported the winner of the TAG Hungerford Award for many years by…

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Welcome to Part 4 of my blog series all about the journey of bringing A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald to a bookstore near you. Part 1 of the series was all about where the idea for the book came from and you can find it here, Part 2 was all about the process of writing the book and you can find it here, and Part 3 was all about what happens to a manuscript after it reaches the publisher and you can find that here. Part 4 is all about choosing a book cover; how and why did we choose…

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Welcome to Part 3 of my blog series about how A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald was transformed, through much hard work, fear and fun, from a little idea and into a real, live book. You can read Part 1 here, and Part 2 here if you want to know more about the inspiration behind the book and the actual writing process. This week’s post is all about how a book gets published: what happens after a publisher accepts a manuscript and why does it all seem to take so bloody long?! I signed my publishing contract on 12 March, 2015.…

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I’m teaching a 5 week writing course at the moment and one question I’ve been asked a couple of times is: how do authors make money? The short answer is: they don’t! Okay, that’s not quite true; they mostly don’t make enough to support a family of three kids, but they do make some. In fact, I wrote a post last year where I broke down exactly how royalties work and, in that blog, I also broke down my income in percentage terms to show you how much comes from actual book sales, vs teaching and events, and how much…

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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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