Announcing GenreCon 2012

The Australian Writer’s Marketplace is pleased to announce the launch of the first annual GenreCon, a convention for professional and aspiring writers of romance, mystery, science fiction, crime, fantasy, horror, thrillers, and more. One part party, one part professional development: GenreCon is the place to be if you’re an aspiring or established writer with a penchant for the … Continue reading »

Planning for writers' success..

Australia has a rich landscape of literary festivals. This week saw the fantastic National Indigenous Writers & Educators Conference 2011 at Wollongong. Black&Write! representatives report NIWEC was well-represented by indigenous writers and industry professionals from around Australia, and gave rise to many interesting debates about best practices to develop and promote indigenous writers. This weekend, … Continue reading »

The Whole Shebang!

Yesterday’s ‘Whole Shebang’ session at MWF was a full day of professional development for about 110 folks building a career in writing and publishing. Guests included publishers, agents, editors and authors who dished amazing facts and information about the Australian writing and publishing industry. I was honoured to provide a presentation too, and sat in … Continue reading »

Byron Bay Writers Festival Wrap…

Byron Bay turned on the charm for its most successful writers festival yet. It was wonderful to see the vision and talent of outgoing (in every sense of the word) Festival Director, Jeni Caffin, and her team so well rewarded. New Director, experienced arts journo and author Candy Baker, was introduced at the launch party, … Continue reading »

Friday fry-up …

A writer has brought this to my attention: a recruitment notice on the job site Seek for writers of children’s books. While it certainly seems to be an exciting opportunity, this approach raises a few questions: how does a publisher responsibly handle the potentially high number of submissions resulting from such a wide call out? … Continue reading »

The Whole Shebang

Melbourne Writers Festival update: Robert Sessions left the UK for Australia looking for the promised land, or at least a gig in publishing. He found both, and 47 years later has headed publishing in Penguin Australia for 20 years. He spoke for nearly an hour at The Whole Shebang this morning. I wish he’d spoken … Continue reading »

Imaginative Space: Part 2

Byron Bay Writers Festival has been and gone for another year. The writers, the weather, co-chairing the Nuts&Bolts professional development seminar , doing vox pops with authors, and chairing a session on historical fiction in the SCU Marquee – it all added up to an immersive experience in the world of writing and publishing that … Continue reading »