the communal pitch

Last weekend, I was one of 60 wannabe writers to storm a room filled with publishers at a Writers Victoria / Australian Society of Authors ‘Literary speed dating’ event. There were only two publishers focussing on commercial women’s fiction – Hachette and Text...
how to write that book…  5 easy steps with a twist!

how to write that book… 5 easy steps with a twist!

Writing a book had become something that would happen in the futureIt was something I would do after I’d done this course or that one, had this job or the other, once the kids were older or once they left home.  And then I saw my opening – that small...
the writer’s edition: month 18 check-in, or ‘what happened when I finished my first full-length manuscript’

the writer’s edition: month 18 check-in, or ‘what happened when I finished my first full-length manuscript’

When I first pressed the publisher’s submit button on the computer, no magic sparked, no change came.  I was just the same person as always, the one who then had to take her daughter to the chemist for hair accessories and then rush to get groceries for...
5 editing insights

5 editing insights

It’s been a couple of months since I considered my first draft ready to edit.  I thought I would have finished by now and be ready to submit, but my self-imposed deadline has moved.  Here’s why: 1. Editing can’t be rushedThere’s no...
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