Tag Archives: Publishing

What makes a bestseller

Jonny Geller well-known Literary Agent explains how he knows what books to pick – very useful for those of us conceiving novels. Jonny Geller Ted talk Advertisements

My opinion on the Amazon Hachette battle

I am writing as a previously self-published author who sold almost a 1,000 copies in the UK. I’m now working for the creative writing school of Australian publisher Allen & Unwin (Faber Writing Academy). Publishers do contribute to the quality of the finished text – their experience and skills honed over many years contribute to […]

Finding your writing voice – Novel writing course

This week our Writing a Novel  tutor James Bradley talked about creating a strong authorial voice. Firstly he covered ways to inspire your voice. Both I and another student noticed there was a connection here with Margo Lanagan’s previous session where she looks at her scrapbook of images before writing each time. This helps ensure […]

Edit your novel course Sydney

I am about to edit my novel under the expert guidance of Allen & Unwin publisher Annette Barlow and literary agent Sophie Hamley of the Cameron Creswell agency. They are teaching an Edit your novel course for Faber Academy’s Sydney school which is the only creative writing school in Australia where you learn inside a […]

Editing rose hips

I was trying to sleep last night but kept on thinking that the poem about rose hips I posted yesterday had not reached its potential – I felt there was a meaning in it that I had not fully realised. I just finished working on it again and researched a bit about rose hips finding […]

Fifty Shades of Grey from the horse’s mouth

I’ve just met Amanda Hayward of TWCS publishing house, after she answered Q&A’s at Hornsby Library, NSW. TWCS is short for The Writers Coffee Shop Publishing House who first published Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James. All the big publishers approached Amanda for the rights, before she and the author opted for Random House […]