What makes a good self-publishing service? It’s important to work with professionals who have experience in traditional book publishing. That way, you can be sure of the quality of the book produced. It should look and feel as if it has been produced by a traditional house – there is no need to settle for…

Going it alone without a publisher, agent or editor is the way a person who doesn’t know anything about the publishing industry finds herself travelling. When an idea forms during one of those 2am wide-awakes, it might never occur to someone who finds the idea interesting enough to write down that they (a) might be…

George Saad explores how new kinds of partnerships between authors and designers can help enrich the story-telling experience for readers … With the growing popularity and quality of cinema, television and video games, storytelling has expanded from the static pages of books. We are absorbing stories constantly, while seeing bookstores diminish and being led to…

Hello friends. Before we join hands and jump down this particular rabbit hole together, I’m going to post a disclaimer. Imagine, if you will, this caveat standing in 40-foot high letters, set alight with phosphorescent accelerant, surrounded by trumpet-blowing angels. It reads: “This is just my opinion.” There are no golden rules in publishing, except…

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…

Pitching stories is a vital part of writing non-fiction. Whether you’re a freelancer or on staff, you’ll have to present compelling ideas in a timely and engaging way. Unfortunately, the process can feel like hacking out a part of your soul and offering it to someone. It’s an act that exposes your ambition and vulnerability…

The idea to write a book came from an unusual source. For years, whenever I have travelled, and I have been through over 85 countries, I would write long hand-scrawled letters home to my mother; twenty, forty pages of ‘nonsense’, as she called it. They were often boring, but sometimes filled with unlikely adventures of…

I’m one lucky freelance writer. I’ve spent a couple of decades as an editor before crossing to the other side of the desk, so I know a fair bit about what editors want. I also have an intimate acquaintance with what constitutes an ‘author from hell’: that writer for whom an editor is always mysteriously…

ONE of the common questions I am asked when I talk about my memoir, Bad Behaviour, is whether being an editor helped when I was writing the book. Yes seems the obvious answer in many ways, but the insider’s experience of the publishing industry did also add layers of complexity I hadn’t anticipated. Before Bad Behaviour…

BACK when I was just a no-name kid from a patch of sand in Queensland, I had big dreams of making it as a writer. I wanted to be the kind of author who inspired other aspiring writers to create something meaningful. Penning stories about overcoming adversity, nature versus humans, and (of course, because I was…

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