Screenshot of my guest interview at http://www.karenhollands.com.au There are many blog series which feature published authors and how they managed to scale the publishing heights, but few focus on writers in the midst of the struggle. Many of us fear being labelled failures or no-talent wannabes if we open up about rejections, and we suffer … Continue reading Guest interview on thriving in the ‘liminal space’ between submission and publication
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
The shadowy path to the ocean at my local beach Life is punctuated by highs and lows, no doubt about that. But some weeks are more tumultuous than others. In the space of a week, I've experienced the extraordinary high of a rare writing win (making the longlist for the prestigious Richell Prize - woo … Continue reading The superpower you need to become a published author
Photo by Brett Sayles on Pexels. Over the years, I've submitted many short stories to international literary journals. Most of the work I've had published overseas, though, has been in the UK and Ireland. As I contemplate approaching overseas agents for representation of my psychological suspense novel, I've been wondering about expectations for manuscripts submitted … Continue reading Should you use American English for submissions to US agents and publishers?
This year my mission has been to read widely, outside the range of books I'd normally be drawn to. And to read more work by Australian women. Rather than listing my favourite books of 2017, I have listed five books which changed my opinion about something this year. Some would definitely make my list of … Continue reading Top five 2017 memorable reads