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?
We took a moment to chat with Felicity Chapman, author and sometime MAA client. We first had the chance to work with Felicity when she won the Kingdom of Ironfest Author in Residence Contest, of which we were a sponsor. Her book, Counselling and Psychotherapy with Older People in … [Read more...] about Author Interview with aged care professional Felicity Chapman
Heather is the author of ‘Adventurous Spirit’, a memoir chronicling her life through its many challenges. You will see, below, that I’ve asked Heather to tell us a bit about herself… don’t be fooled by her modest coverage of her achievements. Heather is a warrior; a life loving, … [Read more...] about Author Interview – Heather Hawkins
Manuscript – Adventurous Spirit Author – Heather Hawkins Publisher – Murdoch Books Editor – The Manuscript Agency’s Michele Perry In 2007, at the age of 41, with two teenagers and a contentedly unadventurous life Heather Hawkins made a doctor's appointment. Swiftly thereafter she … [Read more...] about Editing Part 2 – Editing ‘Adventurous Spirit’ (by Heather Hawkins)
Editing is a job that is mostly misrepresented and overwhelmingly misunderstood. Behind most great works of literature is a dedicated editor. As an editor one of the most frustrating misconceptions about our role is that we simply fix spelling and punctuation errors. In fact, … [Read more...] about Editing Part 1 – What is editing?