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Fantastic Australian Voices – Part 1

In my mind, the combination of ‘Australian’ and ‘fantasy’ equals Mad Max. At least, it used to. Please don’t write in, I know Mad Max doesn’t technically fit within the fantasy genre. But it’s in the ball park. And recently, … Continue reading

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Ending the Suspense

Sometimes, the words simply refuse to come. Or they spit out reluctantly, occasionally spraying the screen in explosive gouts of rusty prose in protest at their forced exposure. At these miserable times, I look around at the rows of books on my shelves, the … Continue reading

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The Death of Print? Maybe Not

As most book-lovers know, it’s never been easier to buy and read a book. E-readers are now being sold with free beginner libraries of 500 or more classic novels. Additional titles, both classic and contemporary, can be purchased at far … Continue reading

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Lashings and Lashings of Childhood Faves

Guest post by Tamara Hunter The enthusiasm bubbling out of the authors up front spills all the way across the stage, down the steps and into the broadly smiling audience seated here this holiday Monday morning. Memories of smugglers and … Continue reading

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Second Novel Squeeze

Guest post by Tamara Hunter Toni Jordan had what was, by any measure, a dream run with her satirically funny debut novel, Addition. Sold into 16 countries, it featured as ‘Comedy of the Summer’ on Richard and Judy’s Book Club … Continue reading

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So You Want To Be Published – Part 2: A Publisher’s Tips

Getting your book published is harder than ever. Traditional format publishing is under increasing pressure from the rise of e-publishing and falling book sales, among other factors. This means publishers are becoming more selective about the manuscripts they buy and … Continue reading

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So You Want To Be Published – Part 1

So you want to be published. Why? Think about it. Take plenty of time because, let’s face it, it’s not going to happen in a hurry…if at all. Unless you’ve got cash to burn and can pay to self-publish, the … Continue reading

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Looking for Truth in Fantasy

It seems contradictory, but the best fantasy is rooted in reality. Unless it contains what author and literary academic Anthony Eaton describes as ‘touchstones of truth’ with which readers can relate, he says the most fantastic, imaginative story will fall … Continue reading

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How to Score 100 Books

Each morning, after the multi-stage marathon that is feeding my children breakfast, I grab my first, and most desperately needed,  cup of tea and stumble, bleary-eyed, to the computer to check what the rest of the world is up to. Usually, … Continue reading

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The Secret to Great Make-Up

Think of your favourite book (or books if, like me, your literary affections are fickle). Now think about why you love it. I’ll bet the first thought to mind is not ‘because it’s so well written’. That may be one … Continue reading

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