With only seven days to go before the Festival of Independent Writers and Publishers, the countdown has begun. To
complete our stellar roundup of authors and speakers, we have the Gold Coast
Bulletin’s ‘Informer’ Michael Jacobson, editor Laurel Cohn, publishers Sylvana
Scannapiego and Paul Higgs, as well as authors Darryl Greer and Kathleen
Stewart. For more info on these and other speakers, please check out: http://www.indieauthorsfestival.com.
Tasmanian-born Michael Jacobson
has been a journalist since 1980 and joined the Gold Coast Bulletin in 1989. He
is the newspaper’s senior feature writer. Michael’s first novel, Windmill Hill,
was published by Hodder in 2002 and was a national best-seller. His second
novel, Always East, was another best-seller and was published in 2004. He is
currently finishing his third novel. Away from writing, Michael loves The Who,
the Sydney Swans and merlot. He loathes flying, Neil Diamond and rugby union.
Laurel Cohn is an editor passionate
about communication and the power of narrative to engage, inspire and
challenge. Since the late 1980s, she has been helping writers develop their
stories and prepare their work for print and, more recently, online
publication. Many of the writers she has worked with have gone on to be
successfully published. She spent five years with one of Australia’s top
literary agents and four years as Consultant Editor to the NSW Writers’ Centre
before turning freelance. She works with individual writers, self-publishers,
trade publishers, businesses and community organisations.
Since 1981, Publishing Solutions and its team of professionals has
created, shaped, designed and produced books, magazines, journals and many
other print and digital communication works. We cover all aspects of publishing
from editing, design and print or electronic through to marketing and
distribution. We are proud of our remarkable track record for creating
successful titles that remain memorable experiences. Our clients are many and
varied: publishers and non-publishers including an extensive number of
corporations and traditional publishing houses. We
have helped hundreds of authors, individual self-publishers, historians,
biographers and academics to achieve their publishing goal.
Initially established to service the pre-press needs of the book publishing industry,
today the company provides a one stop shop to the book publishing market.
Palmer Higgs provides not only book production but also expertise in all forms
of electronic media and has developed skills in web site design, back end
database development, eBook technologies and XML workflows. The combined
experience of the Palmer Higgs team and our network of technology suppliers
ensure that the company is positioned to create and manage content across all
mediums. In conjunction with DNAML and LG Electronics, Palmer Higgs is
producing animated children’s books for the LG SmartTV App Store.
Writing is Darryl Greer’s life. He has written several novels and has had numerous
articles published in national and international law and travel magazines as
well as in ezines. In late 2009 he self-published his novel The Election details of which can be
found on his website www.darrylgreer.com. Promoting his book has been a
surprisingly satisfying experience. Darryl now resides with his wife in the
Gold Coast hinterland. Apart from writing he enjoys keeping fit, travelling,
reading, writing songs, playing guitar and singing, cinema and theatre.
Kathleen Stewart owns and runs Authors’ Ally, an editing
service situated on the Gold Coast. She has always been passionate about writing
and has worked as a professional editor since 2004. Many of the books she has
worked on are now selling in bookstores and online and many others are in the
pipeline. She has written a number of full-length manuscripts herself and was
lucky enough to have her first polished work, The Chameleon Factor, shortlisted
for the CWA Debut Dagger Award in the UK in 2010. Her short story book, Over To
You, will be available at the festival.