How did you get started in publishing? I actually did a degree in Film Studies and English Literature, hoping to work in the movies! But just after I graduated I saw an ad in the paper for an editorial assistant at Pan Macmillan in London and luckily got the job. Then I worked my way…

OPEN that front cover and I’ll throw you a line that raises your eyebrows, makes you laugh, or has you frowning in dismay, and then I’ll walk away. If that line’s good enough, when I glance back over my shoulder, you’ll be following. I’ll wink at you and saunter on. Readers love to be seduced, and…

I’VE worked in bookstores for nearly 20 years. I’ve been to a lot of launches, particularly at Avid Reader bookstore in Brisbane’s West End. I’ve written six books, most of which have had launches, some more low key than others. But I’ve enjoyed them all. Here’s a few tips that will come in handy if…

YOU are in the fortunate position where you have secured a publishing contract, survived the editorial process, and now your book has gone to print. What happens next? What do you have to do to give your book a fighting chance to be noticed? If you’re a first time author, it’s important to realise you can’t…

What made you decide to become a documentary filmmaker? Happenstance. I was for 20+ years a Producer/Project Officer with Education Queensland involved in the development and production of multimedia teaching and learning resource materials. From the mid to late 90’s the media unit was slowly downsized. I resigned in 2000, but was contracted back for…

IT’S March 2013 and I’m standing in the foyer of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, queueing for Margaret Atwood to sign my copy of Cat’s Eye. As the line shuffles me closer I cast about for magic words that will make her lift her eyes and talk to me as if we are soulmates. Just as…

WRITING a novel can sometimes feel like climbing Everest in only a T-shirt and tennis shoes. Mind you, not being a mountain climber, I’m using that simile without any personal experience whatsoever. But I well know the terror of an ocean of blank pages waiting to be filled, and the even worse terror of starting…

NOW is a great time to be writing for teens. Young Adult fiction is kicking it in the market place, leaping gleefully over doomsayers predicting the death of the novel, and running roughshod over adult book sales in a riot of flatforms, connies and Docs. The YA juggernaut, propelled by John Green’s The Fault in Our…

THE metal rattrap was large and sat on the cornice like an ornament. ‘What’s that for?’ I asked the Indian porter. ‘Rats,’ he said, putting down my bag. I was staying in a temple town in Tamil Nadu, India. Inside my lacklustre room the smell of mothballs wafted from the drains. As I left for dinner…

I don’t usually find sex-writing hard. It is something that I am quite comfortable with. I read so much classic pornography that the language of sex comes naturally to me. It is for this reason that I blundered head-long into an orgy and found myself out of my depth. My new book The Adventures of…

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