In mid-2014 I quit what I thought would be my ‘dream’ job to commit to my freelance arts practice. I wanted to write every day, finish that novel, start a podcast, work in my pyjamas, and of course, I wanted to turn into an over-night entrepreneurial success and have Julia Roberts play me in a…

Attentiveness ‘Attentiveness is the natural prayer of the soul’. This line, beloved by writers from Paul Celan to Simone Weil, was written in the fifteenth century by philosopher, Nicolas Malebranche. Scrolling screens, clicks and likes and the delicious slivers and flakes of fast world information can make it hard to pay a book attention. Attentive…

REMEMBER the last time you threw a book across the room or wanted to sing its praises from the rooftops? Being a writer yourself, you were only too aware of its flaws or virtues. The best reviewers, as it happens, are often practising writers, so perhaps you should consider giving it a try. You love…

INSPIRED by last year’s inaugural Indie Authors Down Under signing event on the Gold Coast, two Sunshine Coast bloggers have established a similar event for the north coast. Kat Smith, who blogs at katsbookpromotions.com, teamed with fellow blogger Angel Steel, a writer of romance and erotica, to establish the Naughty Sinners Book Bash. The event,…

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