Archive for October, 2011

Writers at the Convent Festival

27 October 2011 1 comment

Save the date! The Readers Feast Bookstore is holding its 5th annual Writers at the Convent festival on 10-12 February 2012 at the Abbotsford Convent. This event is considered Melbourne’s “premier summer celebration of reading, writing, books and ideas.

From the website:

Patrons, authors, publishers, and booksellers appreciate the natural beauty, the historical setting, the vibrant convent community and the facilities and food providers. The Abbotsford Convent has that rare quality of being able to accommodate an enormous number of people whilst at the same time giving the feeling of being an intimate setting where readers and writers can interact.

There are volunteer opportunities for those who want to get more involved with the festival, meet fellow writers and readers, and contribute.

To view the 2011 programme and learn more about volunteering, visit their website for more details at


Building an Author Platform

26 October 2011 Leave a comment

More and more publishers want to see authors that have existing “platforms,” or essentially an audience of individuals or groups ready to purchase your work. This audience can come through your blogs, Twitter followers, podcasting subscriptions, and/or any other number of resources. Having a platform is another way to help differentiate your work as a writer, increase your chances of securing a publishing deal, and increase sales.

Joanna Penn, of The Creative Penn, has written a free eBook, Author 2.0, that details how to use free or inexpensive social networking and Web 2.0 tools to build your platform. For more details and to download her eBook, visit her website at

Meanjin Call for Submissions

25 October 2011 Leave a comment

Meanjin, pronounced Mee-an-jin, is a literary magazine established over 70 years ago in 1940. Today the magazine is an imprint of Melbourne University Publishing that has published innumerable authors including Judith Wright, Kylie Tennant, Manning Clark, Vance & Nettie Palmer, Jean-Paul Satre, and Kurt Vonnegut.

According to their website, they are looking for “diverse material including:

  • Fiction
  • Creative non-fiction
  • Memoir
  • Cultural analysis
  • Graphic stories
  • Poetry
  • Biography
  • Visual Art Narratives and Collections”

Visit their website for more details and submission guidelines at

Pan Macmillan Australia’s Manuscript Mondays

22 October 2011 Leave a comment

Pan Macmillian Australia is a major Australian publisher and distributor that has released a number of titles under the group imprints Macmillan, Pan, Picador, Macquarie Dictionary Publishers, Pancake, St Martins Press, Tor, Forge, Griffin and Sidgwick & Jackson.

According to their website, they are looking for:

  • Commercial fiction – women’s fiction, thriller, crime, historical, humour, paranormal, fantasy; a story can have romantic elements but romance will not be assessed
  • Literary fiction and non-fiction – novels, short stories, and narrative non-fiction only
  • Children’s books and young adult – junior and middle grade fiction, young adult fiction; we are not accepting picture book submissions
  • Commercial non-fiction – history, memoir, mind body spirit, travel, health, diet, biography

Every Monday, in what they call Manuscript Mondays, they accept electronic submissions between 10 AM and 4 PM AEST. If they are interested in your work and you follow their guidelinesthey will get back to you within 1 month.

Visit their website for more details and submission guidelines at

NaNoWriMo 2011

21 October 2011 Leave a comment

November is National Novel Writing Month and NaNoWriMo is a worldwide challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Are you up for writing an average of 1,666.66 words every day for a whole month? Last year, 37,479 people did and so can you!

NaNoWriMo is a perfect way to:

  1. Set a clear solid goal with a deadline for writing a novel.
  2. Prove that you are indeed capable of writing a novel.
  3. Prove that you have the discipline to write a novel.

So if you’ve been itching to finally get that novel idea written, start thinking about what you’re going write on November 1st and get ready! Visit their website at to sign up to track your progress and learn more about what NaNoWriMo is all about.

Need a quiet place to write? If so, the Richmond Library is providing a dedicated writing room each Saturday in the month of November. Visit their calendar for more information.

Manuscript Assessment by Louise Cusack

20 October 2011 Leave a comment

Louise Cusack is an “International award winning fantasy author whose best-selling Shadow through Time trilogy with Simon & Schuster Australia was selected by the Doubleday Book Club as their ‘Editors Choice’.” Aside from her work as a writer, Louise also provides other writers a manuscript assessment service aimed at improving their work.

We’ve asked Louise to share a little bit about what to expect from a manuscript assessment and how she can help you improve your work. You can also see her guest post about manuscript assessment on Ian Irvine‘s blog. Enjoy!

From Louise:

I’ve done hundreds of  assessments in the last eight years and have helped three novelists along the way to publication, as well as steering many writers towards competition wins.  A manuscript assessment won’t guarantee publication, but I certainly believe it’s a short cut for those who have problems with their stories that they can’t see or don’t know how to fix.  One thing it’s not is a quick-fix for lazy writers.  An assessor doesn’t ‘edit’ the manuscript.  Instead they tell you what isn’t working and how to fix it, but you need to do the work yourself.  So it’s really only an option for those with the passion and determination to keep editing, to keep believing in themselves and to persist.  Because the honest truth is that those four virtues: passion, determination, self-belief and persistence are far more important than any advice an assessor  could give you.  But having said that, if you’re interested, check out my Manuscript Development page.  I’m currently assessing novel manuscripts in the genres of Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult and Mainstream.  And look out for my Shadow Through Time fantasy trilogy which is scheduled for release early 2012 with Momentum Books.

Happy writing!

Louise Cusack

writing romantic adventures set in lost worlds

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Allen & Unwin’s The Friday Pitch

20 October 2011 Leave a comment

Allen & Unwin is a leading independent, and Australian, publisher who releases about 250 titles per year and who has handled work by authors including Fleur McDonald, Helen Brown, and Mary Groves. According to their website, they cover a wide range of material including “literary and commercial fiction, a broad range of general non fiction, academic and professional titles and books for children and young adults.”

Every Friday for the last 5 years, they’ve been accepting submissions for fiction and non-fiction through their website called The Friday Pitch. If they are interested in your work, they will get back to you within two weeks.

Visit their website for more details and submission guidelines at

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