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 »

Friday Fry-Up

We kick this fry-up off with a boldly-titled article from John Barber: There Will Be No More Professional Writers in the Future. It takes a pessimistic point of view of the changes undergoing publishing, bringing forth a series of arguments about the aggregation of free content and the rise of self-publishers who have outflanked the … Continue reading »

Friday Fry-Up

Marketing guru Seth Godin recently launched a kickstarter project for his next book. Although Godin’s move to the kickstarter model is interesting in and of itself, I’m far more fascinated by the post over on We Grow Media about  Godin’s campaign in which Dan Blank examines the way an argument is being positioned in Godin’s Kickstarter … Continue reading »

Friday Fry-Up

Apologies for posting this a little later than usual on a Friday – it’s been a busy week here at the AWM offices with the announcement of GenreCon and the work going on behind the scenes for the next Australian Writer’s Marketplace print edition. But we’re sneaking this in under the wire, and there’s plenty … Continue reading »

BWF: Get pitching!

A fantastic day of professional development for writers today at Brisbane Writers Festival. As promised to delegates, Emma Rusher has provided a fantastic Q&A guide for authors to develop a strong and effective pitch for their manuscript.

The Whole Shebang Part#2

After a weekend of amazing MWF author panels, parties, and spontaneous kaffee klatches, I have found a spare half hour to share the rest of the highlights from Friday’s The Whole Shebang professional development workshop for writers. The fun part for me was presenting some hot-off-the-press results from AWM’s survey of Australian literary agents. More … Continue reading »

Friday fry-up…

Tasty treats for your Friday brain… From the noteworthy: ‘Vanity’ Press goes digital Writer Karen McQuestion spent nearly a decade trying without success to persuade a New York publisher to print one of her books. In July, the 49-year-old mother of three decided to publish it herself, online… To the informative: Author Platform It has … Continue reading »

November Writing Frenzy!

There’s something in the air, can you feel it? Writers everywhere are planning, focussed, determined, motivated… I call it the NaNo Effect. Even if you’re not signed up to write a novel this November, the impetus to write is everywhere around you. It’s a vortex, sucking you in to a wonderful world of words on … Continue reading »