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 »

The First Cut …

Crime fiction writers and readers in Australia have a lot to thank the Scarlet Stiletto Awards for – they have launched many of our favourite authors. In 1991, convenor Carmel Shute set up Sisters in Crime, the organisation respnsible for finding and promoting so much new talent in Australian women’s crime fiction. I caught up … 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 »

Writers online

More facts that hurt my brain: Google estimates there are more than one trillion unique urls on the interwebs, not including dark web pages (not available through public search indexes). I’m at a workshop for writers about Promoting Yourself Online with the inestimably brilliant Kate Eltham.  So what does the enormous complexity of the interwebs … Continue reading »

Books cheapened, not cheaper …

QWC rejects Commission’s stance on parallel importation of books As you know, Speakeasy and the Australian writer’s Marketplace are both published by Queensland Writers Centre. QWC has released this statement on recent developments regarding the parallel importation of books: On Tuesday 14 July, the Productivity Commission published the report of their investigation into copyright restrictions on … Continue reading »

Where is your favourite indie bookseller?

Independent booksellers alert: make sure you are on ZeeMaps at wikibibliotheque. For writers looking for inspiration, here is a pdf publication of Words to Inspire Writers, a free digital release of the book edited by Gregory Victor Babic and published by F. C. Sach & Sons. It is ‘A perpetual calendar of classic writing-related quotations — on writers, writing, … Continue reading »

Friday fry-up …

I love the interwebs, because people do stuff like this: create an extensive list of children’s authors in Australia with a guide to their blogs/websites. Handy dandy! Have you seen the new blog by 2009 Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence Hinemoana Baker? Hinemoana has posted a poem, The Fossils, from her forthcoming collection. Make your day and … Continue reading »