I've known Australian writer Kerri Sackville for many years now, albeit in a virtual way. I enjoyed her writing way back when she was a blogger turned author, and have continued to enjoy the wry, wonderful words she sends out into the ether ever since. Now a regular commentator on Australia's Sunrise breakfast show, and writer at the Daily Life, she's more in the spotlight than ever. Which means dealing with even more of that little thing we all hate called 'criticism' - or,
What's that? You've finished writing your book?! Holy shit, great work!
You've just accomplished what most people in the world aspire to do 'one day', but never actually do because they have yet to discover just how hard and potentially soul-destroying it can be - banging away day after day on a keyboard, locked away from any semblance of civilisation, as your life slowly ebbs away into the ether. "...I've been writing for HOW long?!" But you're a rockstar. You pushed thro
We recently discussed all things editing with a professional editor. Next I wanted to get a writer's view on the revision process. Not just any old writer, mind you, but a multi-published author who's been in the game for a while and thus would undoubtedly have wise words to share. Thankfully I knew just the man for the job! Michael J. Martinez is the writer responsible for launching 18th-century sailing ships into space, and in doing so "seamlessly blends popular elements fr
Literary agents are often thought of as the gatekeepers of the publishing industry. So where better to learn about the keys that open the gate? With many intern roles available for literary agents across the world (several of which can be worked remotely thanks to the magic of the internetz), there is more opportunity than ever for aspiring authors to get the inside scoop of what makes a literary agency tick. Get to know how agents think, discover for yourself what stands out
First up in our self-titled Editing Month - which we are totally going to make a thing [UPDATE: a year later and it's still not] - is freelance editor Abigail Nathan of Bothersome Words.
I came across Abigail when I went looking for an editor myself. I'd spent a gazillion years writing and then revising my manuscript, before sending out to all the rejections - at which point I figured (obviously belatedly) "hey, maybe I'm not the best person to be editing my own work becaus
We've all been there.
Staring at the screen in disgust. Unable to contain our frustration at the stupidity before us. But unable to look away, thanks to a sadistic need to feel the pinch of each badly-phrased sentence and illogical thought process and THEY SAID WHAAAAAAAAAT!? Comments sections: assume the position. With few exceptions, comments sections are awful. Whatever heights the blog post, article or review may have reached above, what lurks beneath is a dank dungeon
Rejection. If you’re anything like me, you won’t be a stranger to this word. In fact, if you don’t know it intimately then you’re doing something wrong and are probably floating through life without actually living. Rejection and I have actually become quite close over the years. Not best friends, certainly, but we know each other well enough to share a beer or two, having grown up together from those days where I was your average teenager with a spectacularly bad dating reco