Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Eye of the Beholder: litcomp judging and grant assessment

This week Margo Lanagan, four time World Fantasy winner, is talking about her experiences judging literary competitions and grant applications. Take it away, Margo … I’ve just finished two simultaneous 3-year stints, one as a judge for the Australian/Vogel’s Literary … Continue reading

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Book Trailers — Are they worth the effort?

This week George Ivanoff, Award Winning author of the Gamer’s Quest series (YA fiction) talks about book trailers …. Watch out for the give-away at the end of the post.   There has been much debate about the relevance of … Continue reading

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Is your manuscript you ready for the next step?

Still time to get that manuscript in to the Harper Collins Varuna Awards for Manscript Development. (Closes September 30th) According to the web site: ‘The HarperCollins Varuna Awards for Manuscript Development is all about finding the essential kernel of a … Continue reading

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Sharing Reviewerly Goodness!

Kudos to Tansy and the team at Twelfth Planet Press. There’s a good review over on Gwennth Jones’ blog. (See it here) As authors it is always a buzz when a fellow author says they like your book or story. … Continue reading

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Ghosts by Gaslight!

Stop Press! Richard says: Just received some great news from my French publisher. They want me to go over for the Montreuil Book Fair, plus some bookshop signings and schools. They’ll fly me over at the end of November and … Continue reading

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YA Books for Girls, where does that leave Boys?

Lara Morgan, author of the Rosie Black Chronciles is visiting ROR.     Take it away, Lara. These days it seems that whenever you look in the YA section of bookshops the titles that smack you in the eye first … Continue reading

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Indy Press Opens to Spec Fic Novels

Twelfth Planet Press will be accepting speculative fiction manuscripts for the month of January 2012. Alisa Krasnostein (interviewed here) nominated for a World Fantasy Award for her work with Twelfth Planet Press, has decided to branch into novels. She says: … Continue reading

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Getting your book in front of an Editor

You will have all heard of The Friday Pitch at Allen and Unwin. I assumed it was set up by Louise Thurtel because she was reading the manuscripts, but I could be wrong there. At any rate they have been … Continue reading

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Congratulations Alisa Krasnostien and Twelfth Planet Press!

This post is also cross-posted to my blog. Alisa Krasnostein is an environmental engineer by day, and runs indie publishing house Twelfth Planet Press by night. She is also Executive Editor at the review website Aussie Specfic in Focus! and … Continue reading

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