Monthly Archives: October 2011

Calling Aspiring Writers …

The Varuna Publisher Fellowships is open for 2011. What is Varuna? It’s a beautiful house in the Blue Mountains which is run as a writers retreat. (For more see here). What is a fellowship? In their own words: ‘The Varuna … Continue reading

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Alisa wins World Fantasy Award!

Alisa was interviewed here recently because we were really excited about her nomination for a World Fantasy Award. Well, the big news is SHE WON! Here’s the Link. Scroll down to Non-Professional Award (meaning they edit for love, rather than … Continue reading

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The Inner Life of a Successful Writer

Back in the late nineties after I had my first children’s book published I wrote up a Beginning Writer’s Checklist (here’s the updated version). Recently, I came across this post The Common Traits of the Successful Writer by Bob Mayer, … Continue reading

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Revisting Old Ideas with Foz Meadows

Today we have Foz Meadows visiting: (here she is in ‘serious’ mode) Original Inspiration: I was ten years old when I first started writing stories for fun, and twelve when I decided I wanted to grow up to be an … Continue reading

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How do readers connect with a book (by a new author)?

  George Ivanoff did a post about  book trailers for ROR recently.  Nigel commented that his reading forum were discussing this and: 1) Most people didn’t even know book trailers existed 2) Those that did know they existed did not … Continue reading

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How Writing Competitions can help you …

Today we’re going to hear from 2 members of the RWA Paranormal Romance e-group, who have been driving their writing craft and writing careers forward by entering writing competitions. For anyone writing a book that contains characters who are motivated … Continue reading

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