Cover reveal: PRECISE by Rebecca Berto

It’s a fact: crazy writer people are the best kind of people. Okay, outside of my own experience I may not have a whole heap of evidence to back that up, but I still think it’s true. Sometimes, you don’t even have to personally know the crazy writer person in question; just stalk them in…

Pitch Live!

Title: LOSING IT Genre: YA Contemporary Word Count: 58,000   This is my entry into Pitch Live!, a contest organised by Brenda Drake  (fabulous idea, by the way!). I should point out that I’m not normally this intense… And that I don’t usually carry around a spare pair of underwear, or a hip flask. Usually.…

Short Stories: What A Publisher Thinks

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of interviewing the fabulous Meredith Curnow, the Knopf Vintage Publisher at Random House Australia. Looking after both fiction and non-fiction, her list of writers is a veritable “who’s who” of Australian literature, including Patrick White, Frank Moorhouse, David Malouf, Catherine Harris, Tom Keneally, Gail Jones, Nick Earls…

Resolving Writers Block using Character

I was involved in an interesting discussion about writers block recently in a writers group, the crux of which was: when all else fails, insert character here. This rationale came about after one of our group mentioned she was stuck on a certain point in her manuscript. It became clear that if she focused on…