Wombat Books is a uniquely Australian independent publishing house that focuses on publishing quality children’s picture books. AWM intern TJ Wilkshire recently took five with publisher Rochelle Manners to discuss the running of a publishing business and the process of bringing a children’s book into print. You founded Wombat Books some time ago. How did … Continue reading »

Writing Race Recap

Last Wednesday we were so lucky to have Louise Cusack as our Special Guest.  Thank you so much Louise for leading us in a wonderful night of writing. We also had a record nineteen Racers in attendance! Our total word count was in the thousands and genres ranged from non-fiction essays on meditation, to sit-com … Continue reading »

Friday Fry-up…

Positive new moves by indie publishers and public libraries help ‘introduce a new generation of writers to a new generation of readers’ – I love it when people take advantage of changes in the existing industry structure to forge innovative and meaningful new pathways! But a bit of vitriol works sometimes, too: "Too bad, so … Continue reading »

Friday fry-up…

All the editors/proofers/indexers in the house, say YO! I’ve been gaining first hand experience in the labor-intensive, seemingly never-ending process of preparing a p-book for publication. Proofing ’til my eyes bleed, then proofing some more. But it’s all worth it – the 11th edition of The Australian writer’s Marketplace is nearly at the final hardcopy … Continue reading »

Top Tips from The Interrogator…

The AWMonline Writing Race went off with a bang last night, with Special Guest JJ Cooper. Most of us already know that JJ’s successful debut thriller The Interrogator was published by Random House earlier this year, and that he has plenty of life experience to draw on as a former Australian Army Intelligence Corps member. … 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 »

Lit mags #1: blind submissions are the most exciting

Written something terrific? Wondering what to do with it? Speakeasy is profiling a range of contemporary Australian literary magazines to show beginner/developing writers the wealth of opportunities to have their short works published. The Lifted Brow is a progressive and experimental Australian literary and music journal. First published in Brisbane, The Brow’s team now operates from lit-zine central … Continue reading »