In New York recently I visited a bookstore with a Book Expresso machine that would print a book while you waited – either your own or one downloaded from the internet. Like a literary Tardis, this ingenious machine sat beside the store’s café so you could enjoy a coffee while it spat out your customised…

I AM working on a new short story this week. About a fortnight ago, I finished one to enter in a competition. I don’t know what this week’s story is about, since I’m figuring it out as I go. At least half the time, I learn what a story is about, like many writers do, in…

I’M pretty sure I’m one of the best book-starters in the world. The first thousand words? Not a problem. I can bash that out for you over a cup of tea.  For years, this was my M.O.: start a book and quickly rustle up a synopsis of the imagined finished product to accompany it. Then,…

What made you decide to self-publish your first book? I was motivated to write my first book, Selection Criteria Toolkit, when I saw how difficult it was for applicants to make any sense of selection criteria when applying for a government job. My writing tutor at the Ashgrove library in Brisbane was also a family…

FOR the purposes of this post, let’s discuss short stories, say ones that are between four thousand and ten thousand words long. Anything shorter is leaning toward pitchfork and torch territory amongst readers who buy such things, and anything longer is starting to creep toward a novella/novelette, at which point you may want to think about…

THERE is some very basic common sense involved when it comes to selecting the right markets to approach with your newly minted story. No matter what else publication might mean to you personally, on a much more fundamental level, selling a story is a business transaction. There is no point in hawking pork chops to a…

What made you decide to self-publish your work? I spent a long time submitting to literary agents and traditional publishers, but after many rejections, self-publishing became a logical alternative. My story was unique in that it tackled the controversial subject matter of my father’s survival as a Lancaster bomber pilot in WW2. He wanted to…

What made you decide to self-publish the Zarkora Series? To write full-time for one of the major publishers has always been our ultimate dream, and the reason why we decided to self-publish the Zarkora series. We were well aware of the slim odds of getting discovered in publishers’ slush piles and we felt that our…

CROWDFUNDING is an enticing concept. Sign up with Kickstarter, and the pledges start rolling in. By harnessing the power of an enthusiastic crowd, you (and they) can ensure that a beloved niche project gets off the ground. But crowdfunding isn’t a ticket to easy money – even ‘successful’ campaigns run into financial difficulties later on…

‘Writing a picture book is like writing “War and Peace” in Haiku.’ – Mem Fox Mem also offers tips for writers on her website such as: ‘Remember that a picture book is 32 pages. In printing, the pages are folded in half, then in 4, then in 8, then in 16, then in 32 which…

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