Carolyn Martinez reviews Magdalena Ball's Black Cow.
There's something about trauma ... our depths can surprise us. L. E. Daniels' on what inspired Serpent's Wake.
Is book publicity harder than writing a book? Find out with blogger Clancy Tucker.
$4,500 prize to the winner PLUS all entrants receive feedback on their manuscript.
High profile judges support debut prize.
Brush out the manuscript. $4,500 prize up for grabs!
Teacher Librarian recommends Discombobulated for children to develop a love of words.
The debut author/reader event, Wild Readings Northside, at Toasted Cafe Everton Park to be repeated.
A multicultural perspective of the experiences of female civilians during World War 2.
Uriel's Gift by Edward Spellman - A highly recommended read for those exploring the meaning of life. Five stars …
A Mother's Day Gift Like No Other... Oh please buy The Divine Bodyguard for your Mum or Wife for Mother’s Day, and please let me be there to see their faces as they open it, and then as they read it!
The international best-selling author of short crime reads, The Jack Creed Mystery series, C. T. Mitchell brings his star power to the judging panel of Hawkeye Books' inaugural short story writing competition.
Money is tight when it comes to book publicity, with books being a low margin return. Why should self-published children’s authors hire a publicist?
Carolyn Martinez is passionate about protecting the integrity of the book industry and producing quality works that leave a footprint.
Long live our local libraries! Bookstores, magazines and newspapers disappearing, but self-publishing on the rise.
Illustrator Adriana Avellis has partnered with Children’s Book Author Cate Sawyer to release Places to Poop, It’s Raining Shoes, The Umbilical Family, and Discombobulated.
Readers yearn for the quirky turn of phrase, the off-beat observation - they yearn for you.
Implementing these author publicity tips will direct your efforts into methods with the best chance of achieving results.
Patricia Leslie is an Australian author with a passion for combining history, fantasy, and action into stories that nudge at the boundaries of reality.
K M Steele is an Australian author who loves a good plot and a great sentence. She recently published her debut novel, Return to Tamarlin. It started out as a diarised account of fictional family events experienced by two sisters, because she was fascinated by the way siblings can remember the same events so differently.
From Taoist immortals to distant galaxies, Author Kylie Chan writes Fantasy based on Chinese mythology. She’s had 10 novels published by Harper-Collins, and 3 novellas self-published.
‘All children, except one, grow up.’ That’s the opening line in J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, and that’s the brilliance of fantasy writers – they grab our attention, drawing us into scenes that examine life through a different lens, under different rules.
Make sure you have your work professionally edited and get the best book cover you can. Take a look at what other publishers are doing and emulate your cover design to be “on trend” – you can always change it in later years if tastes change.
Compulsive Reader has more than 10,000 subscribers, and over 1 million book loving visitors each year. It consistently ranks in the Top 20 Google and Yahoo searches for book reviews. The driving force behind Compulsive Reader is Maggie Ball
I'm awarding him an honorary 'most honest writer' I've interviewed. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoyed talking with him.
It frustrates me when aspiring writers don’t read because you can’t be a writer if you’re not a reader. I tutored writing at university and the number of writing students who didn’t read always astounded me. We learn how to write well by reading the works of better writers, so if you’re not reading you’re not going to get far.
Davide A. Cottone introduced me to the Absurd genre. Frankly, before I read his book Shriek: an absurd novel I didn’t even know what the Absurd genre was. The cover enticed, the exemplary writing held me.
Warning: Swearing and blasphemy ahead, along with bloody good advice for aspiring writers. Amy Andrews is an award-winning, USA Today best-selling Brissie and proud Aussie author who has written sixty-five plus contemporary romances.
Author of the beautifully written ‘Baby Farm’ and ‘The Scarlet Key’, Indie Author Debbie has practical advice for editing, which she likens to getting rid of head lice.
She's hot, hot, hot on the charts, and best-selling international author Kylie Kaden is right on our doorstep. Brisbane based Kylie graduated university with Honours in a Psychology degree. Her debut book Losing Kate was a massive success.
Fans of Maggie’s love that her heroines are mature, real, raggedy around the edges, funny, quirky, narky. Her characters are soul food for readers who are sick of beautiful humans in their 20s who want to start families.
Dead Shot (previously published as Rejection) came to me while drinking coffee (I do that a lot) in a local shop. The news was on and America was going through another University shooting. An idea was born.
Deep Point of View (Deep POV) is a term being discussed by those in the know - agents, publishers, authors - so it's worth taking a moment to understand what it is. Blogs and author posts confused me at first. One said - it's to write 'leaner, meaner, cleaner and faster' but then every example given was longer than the original sentence!
People think being alone makes you lonely, but I don't think that's true. Being surrounded by the wrong people is the loneliest thing in the world.
Choosing your next partner is one of the most important decisions you will make. Make it a conscious, thoughtful choice with your ideal future in mind. Leave reactivity for the fools.
Reading the reviews of Finding Love Again (previously titled Finding Love: 7 Things You Need to Know Before You Date Again) made the three years of research and writing worthwhile. I’m sitting at my desk right now feeling grateful and humbled that these readers have let me into their lives.
Australian author Susannah McFarlane has co-authored the book titled ‘The Year I Met My Other Mother’ with her birth mother Robin Leuba about their extraordinary adoption reunion story. The book is “…a piercingly honest and often hilarious story of what it takes for families to reconnect – and stay there – after a lifetime apart”.
I listened to “Michael Doleman and the sinking of the Blythe Star” on ABC radio. By now you’d realise I am an avid listener to ‘Conversations’ so it’s no surprise that this is a source of frequent self-reflection for me.
his post isn’t for everyone. It’s for you if you’re someone who lacked appropriate guidance and support through the developmental years, or if you were raised to enjoy confidence but then a bad relationship dented your resilience.
The change for me happened when I read Stephen King’s book, ‘On Writing’. In it, he says, ‘I only write when I’m inspired, and I make sure I’m inspired at 9am every week day.’
A disturbing story made national headlines in April of this year. Natalie Parker is an embryo donor who claims that the woman to whom she’d donated her embryos had a baby, after telling Parker that she miscarried.