AFTER months or years of crafting your manuscript, putting it in the proverbial ‘bottom drawer’ for a while and perhaps soliciting feedback from friends or members of your writing group, you will be ready to send your work out to the wider world. The first contact your manuscript will have with the publishing industry will likely…

“The fly-road from closet-pan to dinner table is very short.” This fabulous little quote turned up while I was researching an article on epidemics in Townsville in the early twentieth century. It was a warning to residents during an outbreak of typhoid fever in 1915 from a doctor who was concerned that householders were not…

‘When I am working on a book or a story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible,’ Ernest Hemingway told Paris Review in 1954. ‘There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write.’ Ah, dear Hemingway,…

Do you find that your writing sometimes wanders from the point or becomes unclear? You’re not alone. Most of us write from the heart, and therefore believe we’ve expressed our thoughts and ideas exactly – which makes it hard to step back and assess whether the message is clear to someone else. Readers are quick…

Rochelle Fernandez is the Associate Publisher for Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Australia. Congratulations! You’ve spent time and energy writing a story, pitched it to agents, maybe got a few rejections, but then bam! It’s been picked up by a publisher and will actually be published. This can be both exhilarating and terrifying for lots of…

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