Character is key: An interview with Ticonderoga’s Russell Farr and Liz Grzyb

GenreCon is nearly upon us, and with this in mind it’s time to check out one of Australia’s ace indie genre publishers, Ticonderoga Publications (TP). Ticonderoga is the brainchild of writer and editor, Russell B. Farr. They specialise in science fiction, fantasy and horror short stories, and have published the work of some of Australia’s … Continue reading »

The free-range journalist: An interview with Editia’s Charlotte Harper

Journalism, like every facet of the publishing industry, has undergone a slew of changes, and Editia has emerged to make the most of these so-called exciting times. Editia is a digital-first imprint devoted to longform journalism and non-fiction shorts spearheaded by the dynamic Charlotte Harper. Since 2010, Charlotte, and her corporate advisory board (consisting of … Continue reading »

The business of writing: An interview with literary agent Sophie Hamley

So, you’ve finally finished writing; you’ve buffed that manuscript so hard that you can see your disheveled writer-face in it, and you think the hard work is over. No such luck. It’s time to try and publish that big ol’ sucker, and that means that just maybe it’s time to think about contacting a literary … Continue reading »

The fiction of history: An interview with James Vella-Bardon of the Historical Novel Society Sydney.

Historical fiction is huge. It roams across time and space, tethered only by the strands of history, through the Senates of ancient Rome to the shoguns of Feudal Japan, from the cloisters of medieval monasteries to the courts of the Renaissance, from the British civil wars to the American civil war, across all oceans and … Continue reading »

What do Patrick White and Justin Bieber have in common? An interview with Meanjin Associate Editor Zora Sanders

Fiction or non-fiction; poetry or prose; literature or art; politics or pop culture; philosophy or Justin Bieber: do any of these describe your writing? Well perhaps it’s time to consider the eclectic pages of Meanjin. This Australian literary institution is now accepting submissions for its upcoming Canberra-themed issue and beyond. Founded in Brisbane in 1940 … Continue reading »

Where the eyeballs are going: An interview with Smashwords founder Mark Coker

Are you tired of hearing that it’s never been more difficult to get your book published? Do you want to get published today and reach a potentially huge international audience? Are you sick of doom-and-gloom assessments of the publishing industry? Do you find interminable lists of rhetorical questions irritating? Then perhaps it’s time for me … Continue reading »

‘The horror! The horror!’: An interview with Geoff Brown

For those of you who have been seduced by the dark side of writing, it’s time to give form to your finest literary golems, and unleash them on an unsuspecting public: the Midnight Echo goblins will soon be hungry for submissions. Midnight Echo is one of Australia’s premier horror magazines, and the official magazine of … Continue reading »