What a big, journalistic day.
I know everyone's heard about Fairfax. Simply shocking.
On a slightly better note, yesterday was the public forum on the Future of the Book: the last day of the Words in Winter Writers Residency.
It was a really interesting discussion, and one that was somewhat hopeful: there will always be a place in the world for the physical book (hopefully).
It's sad that the residency is over, and The Emerging Writers Festival in general for this year.
I'm going to miss the space, the sense of community and the opportunities.
I'm also going to miss the people and the ideas.
Aww :( I wish it was one of those on-going things.
On to more chipper news, here's a great behind-the-scenes video about Random House, thanks to the lovely Steph at Read In A Single Sitting:
Call My Agent via The Ampersand Project on how ...
This isn’t a new debate, but what’s got me thinking about it recently are two main things:
1. Julia Lawrinson’s Losing It, which is frank, honest, groundbreaking (and beautifully written) exploration of female sexuality
2. Hardie Grant Egmont’s Commissioning & Managing Editor Marisa Pintado’s speech at The Emerging Writers’ Festival publishing trends session, where she explored the new genre of ‘New Adult’
For those unaware, the theory is New Adult follows on from where YA drops off and covers issues facing those in early to mid-twenties: sex, drugs, alcohol, university, graduate jobs, relationships, independence and so on.
Those issues deemed too old for traditional YA, but too young for adult books.
This is something I think about a lot, especially when I hear rumours of publishers who might change details of a manuscript to fit either YA (lowering ages, removing some of the more ...
Self-published writers, or ‘indie’ writers as they refer to themselves are, are a growing bunch. Many writers are now by-passing traditional publishers to do it themselves. Is this the future? Are writers becoming so disillusioned with publishers that they have to do it themselves? And what do you call a self-published person? An author? A writer?
Titles and labels mean a lot to me. I love them. In relationships, I feel safe knowing where I stand (are we a casual fling? Am I your girlfriend? Are we in an open relationship?). In life, to know my role (I’m a daughter, employee, boss, sister and many more).
In writing, I find many labels are slapped on by the person instead of given by a company or someone else. You might have noticed the use of the word ‘writer’ instead of ‘author’ above, however ...
I've seen a few wraps for The Rabbit Hole and EWF in general, I particularly like this one from Karen Andrews, and Patrick O'Duffy and Elyce Phillips.
My Rabbit Hole:
Total 10,400 words written (although Elyce counted her blog posts as writing, perhaps I should have?!)
I missed six and a half hours on Saturday due to: Planet EWF Bloggers Brunch (2 hours) and work (4.5 hours)
It was at some point on Saturday night I decided to can what I was working on - the new project. I didn't have the voice, it was annoying me and becoming a waste of time
Instead, I decided to work on my current work-in-progress. I spent a lot of time on Sunday re-plotting and editing, making structural changes and insert marked-up edits into the computer, however I also wrote lots of scenes (which were then inserted to ...
I thought it would be fun to blog live from the depths of The Melbourne Rabbit Hole at The Emerging Writers' Festival.
For a few reasons, but first and foremost is so I don't loose my mind.
Hilariously ironic given the theme of Alice in Wonderland, however last night we kicked it off with two hours and in those two hours I racked up 3,128 words (hooray!) however I did start to get that sinking feeling when you know something is going to go wrong.
It was very smash this stuff out and although the first leg was two hours (technically a bit less by the time the host said some words etc) and I was already feeling like this weekend is going to be very long indeed.
And I'm cheating: I have to leave today at about 3.30pm, 3.45pm because I have to ...
Last night Text Publishing book designer W.H. Chong took everyone through the process of designing the new Text Classics at The Wheeler Centre.
Join W.H. Chong for the first in an occasional series on the art and artistry of book design, be it traditional dust-jackets or futuristic visions of books of the future. Publisher’s brief: ‘Here are thirty Australian literary classics – we need a series look which makes every book look fresh and exciting.’ So began a year of design adventures for the multi-award winning cover designer, W.H. Chong. Join us for an illustrated talk in which he reveals how he translates complex, much loved classics, into celebrated cover art.
It was so very interesting, and I only took a few notes as his talk was very comprehensive and I wanted to listen!
He started by looking at other publisher classic series, ...
Times have been confirmed for the residency - hooray!
You can check out my times on the Appearances page, or here:
-Friday 8 June, 10am onwards
-Tuesday 12 June, 10am onwards
We are encouraged to turn up as often as we can, so I'll be there much more than just above: but you can be sure if you come during those times I'll be there!
How will we be reading in the future? Step into Future Bookshop at NGV Studio to find out!
Part art installation, part library and part interactive playground, Future Bookshop is a space for lovers of the written word. Bring a laptop, bring a smartphone, or just bring yourself and experience the ways we will be reading, writing, publishing and engaging with texts in the coming years.
Explore, ponder, read, write and imagine the future of books ...
While at an event, there is possibly nothing as painful as having people ask stupid/irrelevant/a million questions.
Now, I know I'm not the only person this bothers as when I sit with like-minded friends we roll our eyes and sigh when people ask, yet again, those questions.
Questions you should never, ever ask authors/writers at an event:
How do I get published?
Do you need an agent or should you go direct to publishers?
What are your books about?
Where do your ideas come from?
How did you get published?
I've just got a quick couple of questions...
How do you send stuff to agents/publishers?
Can you read my book? It's really good!
Can I have your publisher's email address?
And so it goes. There are approximately 29485454892 more questions in this category that I haven't covered.
Here's why people like me don't appreciate those questions:
With the recent development of this thing called ...
Town Hall Conference.
Number of proper meals eaten in the last two days: none.
Number of new friends made: too many to count.
Number of fantastic, informative, amazing sessions gone to: all of them.
Number of times I was told off for Tweeting in sessions: once.
But let's not dwell on the silly woman who told me off for Tweeting.
(I like how this came after the first session yesterday morning where nearly all the panellists agreed you have to be nice to everyone you meet as you never know who they are. Now I'm not saying I'm a *somebody* as I'm very clearly a *nobody* but I am a nobody with a Twitter account and it took approximately one minute for floods of Tweets to come in, supporting me and my Tweeting the festival (even one from EWF themselves saying they support Tweeting during events). ...