Today I'm sharing something very different but very exciting with you.
See this book here with the funky cover? Well guess who made a small contribution to it?
Did you guess me?
Now look at all the other cool people who contributed.
I quote the back cover.
John Birmingham, Linda Jaivin, Marc Fennell, Clem Bastow, Lindy Morrisson, Justin Heazelwood, Elmo Keep, Dan Hunter, Angela Bowne and others fire up the copyright debate like never before.
So I'm one of the 'and others' and very proud to be one.
This is a wonderful book that looks at the issues we face in the digital age when we all want to download it, read it, watch it and listen to it anywhere, anytime. The book examines how we deal with this now in terms of copyright and the affects it has on the individuals who created the original work.
My piece is here called One Click For Chicklit .
Edited by the very talented Phillipa McGuinness and published by New South Publishing It is available in all good bookshops.
I am thrilled to have been included in this wonderful book.
There is a panel discussing the book at the Sydney Writer's Festival so if you're planning to be there you should put the event in your diary.
EVENT NUMBER: 111
EVENT TITLE: Copyfight
DATE: Friday, 22 May 2015
VENUE: Sydney Dance 2
Meanwhile, go grab a copy!
This week is The Sydney Writers' Festival. Do you love a good Writers' Festival? I do.
Why? I hear you ask.
First of all I love books and I love reading so I love hearing some of the people who wrote those books talk about the stories and what inspired them to tell those stories.
Now that I write there are lots of opportunities to learn at the Festival. Yes there are sessions geared specifically to craft and authors but sometimes something sparks in a regular session that you take home and it helps you as go on with your own writing.
I love the bookshop. Even though I now read lots of my books electronically I love to be in a room surrounded by real books. I have my eye on a couple I know I want already but I will no doubt come home with a couple of extras.
Usually I attend the Sydney Writers' Festival with my writing friends. It is a great opportunity to catch up with people I know and to also meet new people. Sometimes you bump into unexpected people or pass them as they rush down the hallway or street to another session.
This year I'm going in Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I never make it to every session I plan to go to (see the bit about the friends) and some years the queues are ridiculous and one simply doesn't have time to get from one session to the next (see the comment about rushing). I like to book in for a couple so that I'm guaranteed a seat and my day has some structure.
It should be a fun few days. Hopefully I'll be back with pictures next week.
WOW! I really can't believe it is Friday already. This week absolutely flew by.
A huge thank you to the lovely Juliet Madison who featured me on her blog this week as part of Mouthwatering May. Please check out the excerpt from Mr Right and Other Mongrels there if you haven't already. Also please take a look at her terrific blog and some of the wonderful authors she has featured there.
On Wednesday I took my lovely daughter into a writing workshop run in conjunction with the Sydney Writers' Festival. It was a wonderful workshop and she adored it. It was run by the wonderful Deborah Abela who writes terrific books for children. There were a couple of other similar workshops in the series and if you have a primary school aged child I really recommend having a look at next year's program and signing your child up if they love to write.
Meanwhile I am doing the final work on the book getting it ready for e-publication next week. Like any new thing you take on it's both exciting and a little terrifying but that's good. A little bit of fear is a good thing in life. I'm really not one of life's perfectionists (think of me as a big picture girl not details) so this is an exercise in discipline for me. I don't like shoddy work but I just do better in broad brushstrokes.
At a talk last week a couple of authors were talking about how they hated the blank page but loved the editing and fine-tuning process. My friend aPam and I both said "Monique, you are totally the opposite!"
Anyway so far I'm on schedule to have the book ready next week so stay tuned for a final release date!
As a writer one of the hardest things to do, I think, is put yourself out there. Lots of writers are quite unassuming types who enjoy
spending time at their computer or keyboard creating imaginary world's full of wonder, torment and delight. Of course that's not an easy task but it is a far easier one than taking that finished work and sending it out into the universe.
Once a book is written it needs to be read by others initially this is simply for quality control. In your own writing you can't see the wood for the trees. You need objective eyes to tell you that you accidentally changed a minor characters name half way thought, that you used a certain word way too many times or that there is an enormous plot hole in your book. This process can happen more than once and usually happens several times before you are happy with a book.
Next up you need the work to be word perfect. Again despite your best efforts you really do need someone objective and with "fresh eyes" to read through your work for you. Of course publishing houses have editors that help with this but nobody wants to send in shoddy work, even established authors are laborious about these steps.
For an unpublished author the next step is sending your work out to an agent or a publisher. This is a very scary step or most people who hit "send" on the email or journey to the post office with their heart in their mouth. Then all one can do is wait.
Other ways people can try and get their work out is through entering writing competitions. This is a great way to get feedback on your work, of course not all feedback will be positive so you have to be ready to take the constructive criticism given and consider its merits. I have entered several competitions and been a judge on a couple. I found both experience really helpful for my writing.
If you do well enough many times you will be read by someone with influence. Competition judges in the final stages are often publishers or agents. This can be a great way to get your work in front of the right people.
What got me thinking about this today, however, was conference pitching. That is where you sit down one on one with an agent of publisher and pitch your book to them. This is a rare event and usually takes place at a conference. Today the Romance Writers of Australia has opened their pitch requests for their 2012 Conference. There are an impressive list of agents and publishers there from both Australia and overseas so it’s important to make the most of an opportunity like this. (They are a great organisation and you can learn more about them here http://www.romanceaustralia.com/index.html)
I have pitched at conferences twice now and while it is a scary process it is also very worthwhile.
I’ll write more about the process in the coming weeks and ask other writers to submit their tips and thoughts on the process.
Meanwhile this event - So You Think You Can write - is taking place at this week’s Sydney Writers' Festival for anyone interested in public pitching which is definitely putting yourself out there.