What makes a writing competition worth the entry fee?

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com Writing competitions can provide wonderful opportunities for emerging writers. The prospect of raising your head above the sea of other unpublished writers with a prestigious win or shortlisting, and perhaps attracting the attention of an agent or publisher, is irresistible. Or the lure of a cash windfall. Some offer publication … Continue reading What makes a writing competition worth the entry fee?

Don’t limit yourself: the case for juggling multiple writing projects

Photo by SharkBite on Pexels.com At the moment I'm in the limbo period between finishing the first draft of a novel manuscript and embarking on the editing process. As a rule, I try to leave a manuscript alone for at least a month at this stage, preferably several months, in the hope of being objective … Continue reading Don’t limit yourself: the case for juggling multiple writing projects

How to support Australian creatives this financial year

Photo by Khoa Vu00f5 on Pexels.com In Australia, the end of the financial year is rapidly approaching. If your level of organisation is anything like mine, you may still be deciding which charities to support with your tax-deductible donations prior to June 30. When so many people are in need, especially in the context of … Continue reading How to support Australian creatives this financial year

How to build an author platform (and still find time to write that book)

Photo by Lisa Fotios on Pexels.com A writer I follow on Twitter recently tweeted about a rejection she received from a literary agent. Apparently the agent loved her story but didn't feel she had enough of a platform to take her on as a client. While there are authors who wow agents and publishers with … Continue reading How to build an author platform (and still find time to write that book)

Pitch perfection: finding the spark to hook an agent or publisher

Photo by Matheus Bertelli on Pexels.com Pitching a passion project should be easy, shouldn't it? After all, you've dedicated years of your life to writing a book, to polishing your precious words until they gleam. Surely everyone will appreciate your efforts and clamour to read your story, won't they? Unfortunately, the answer is often 'no', … Continue reading Pitch perfection: finding the spark to hook an agent or publisher

Self-confidence is a decision

Photo by Jeffrey Czum on Pexels.co When you set your sights on traditional publication, at every stage of the process your success relies on convincing others of your worth: agents, publishers, reviewers, readers. You are constantly seeking external validation. And most of the time, when hundreds apply for every opportunity, that validation is not forthcoming. … Continue reading Self-confidence is a decision