We managed to corner children's publishing icon, Margaret Hamilton, to sit down and have a chat with us about her extensive experience working in children's publishing in Australia. Over the years she has worked as a children’s librarian, a bookseller and as a publisher. In … [Read more...] about A life in children’s publishing: an interview with Margaret Hamilton
Your road to becoming a published author will be filled with moments of pure excitement, but you’ll also experience moments of utter desperation. The best way to prepare for these ups and downs is to acknowledge the problems and find ways to avoid the most common … [Read more...] about Top 5 Mistakes Novice Authors Make
As a friend and appraiser for The Manuscript Agency, we managed to coerce author Cheryl Sawyer to sit down and have a chat with us about her latest book Murder at Cirey. As with all our author interviews, we wanted to know a little bit more about what drove her as a writer and … [Read more...] about Author Interview – Cheryl Sawyer
Publishers and agents are typically inundated with manuscript submissions from authors seeking publication. And as a result, ‘the authorities’ (as I shall hereby refer to them as) are looking for reasons to reject your book. The standouts are standouts, and speak for themselves. … [Read more...] about Word count by genre: How long should my book really be?
Names matter. Whether they are quirky and memorable, or simply a way of embodying the dullness of a character, it is important to get it right. Some authors like Ernest Hemingway, used simple names and didn’t feel that unusual or extraordinary names were the key to an … [Read more...] about Names matter: choosing the right name for your characters