Ever wanted to know more about publishing? At the Gold Coast Writers Festival this Friday 26 October 2012, we have a line-up of authors and industry experts who will take you through various aspects from self-publishing landmines and how to avoid them to self-editing with professional manuscript assessor, Louise Cusack.
Anthony Puttee from Book Cover Cafe will speak on Writing for Profit, while Paul Higgs of Palmer Higgs Publishing Services will give us valuable insight into the Digital Evolution. The program of seminars will finish with From Manuscript to Market with Laurel Cohn, a highly experienced editor who has been involved in all aspects of publishing for many years.
For tickets and more information about these authors and presenters, please check out http://www.goldcoastwritersfestival.com.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Twitter is an amazing resource and if you haven’t embraced it yet you may be missing out. I found this really useful tweet by Catherine C. Turner (@OzAlleyCat) 04/12/2011 10:00, which had in turn been posted by @SydneyWriters, who had posted it on behalf of someone else … I think you get the picture. But the great thing is that it gives those who are hoping to be published an insight into what is involved. Check out the videos in the link provided: The life cycle of a book – a very cool resource: http://scbwi.blogspot.com/2011/11/life-cycle-of-book-very-cool-resource.html
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When should we use ‘naught’ or ‘nought’, and is there
actually a difference? This question came up recently when I posted a story on
a website. Although both words mean zero or nothing, it seems there is a distinction
between the two in British English. ‘Nought’ means zero in the literal sense,
as in ‘When the counting was done, he ended up with nought’. ‘Naught’, on the
other hand, means ‘nothing’ in a more poetic or rhetorical sense, as in ‘All
his efforts came to naught’. While this distinction is made in British English, in USA English, the spelling ‘naught’
is preferred for both the literal and poetic/rhetorical senses. Both ‘nought’ and ‘naught’ come from Old English words, ‘nowiht’
and ‘nawiht’, respectively, and both words mean ‘nothing’. They are compounds
of ‘no’ (no) and ‘wiht’ (thing). Hope this helps!
The deadline for the Festival of Independent Writers and
Publishers short story is drawing close so don’t forget to get your entries in
before 30 September.
More news about our featured authors:
A United Nations report that 80% of all chronic diseases are related to diet and lifestyle
led Jane Hanckel to compile a research- and evidence-based book on how
to make healthy choices for our children and the planet. Through her work in
early childhood settings, Jane realised that there was a need for a reliable
resource through which to understand the factors that impact on our children’s
wellbeing. From her home in NSW, Jane
has created a series of books that call for parents to reconnect with their own
intuition and wisdom to protect their children’s health.
John G Clark is a mechanical engineer and has spent a number of years in various engineering-related
industries. He was also involved with a tourist company carrying young folk
around New Zealand and a Thai restaurant. In his younger days he hitch-hiked
from Melbourne to London. He remains an enthusiastic motorist and an equally
avid motorcyclist, having owned forty or so, none of them terribly fast. His
Tales from Down Under – a collection of Australasian short stories is available
Iris Detenhoff is the author and publisher of the Moontime Diary. She studied general nursing in Munich and
migrated to Australia in 1987. Her strong interest in nature, health, astrology
and anthroposophy has guided her to publishing a yearly almanac as this moon
diary turns out to be.
As plans for the inaugural Festival of Independent Writers and
Publishers progress, we’re pleased to announce the appearance of Patt Gregory,
author of Woodwork for Women.
I fell totally in love with
wood when I joined an evening woodwork class for women in Bristol, UK in 1984.
In pursuit of my passion I trained full time as a Carpenter/Joiner. I learned everything
from stair casing to roofing and dovetail joints in cabinetmaking.
In 1985 I helped set up a
Women’s Workshop in Bath, UK and began teaching woodwork to unemployed women.
Over the past 13 years I have
been teaching basic furniture making from my home workshop in Mullumbimby NSW.
For more details, check out
our website: http://www.indieauthorsfestival.com.
It’s all go with the Festival of Independent Writers and
Publishers to be held on the Gold Coast on 29 October 2011. The program is
coming together nicely, with an exciting array of speakers and interviewers
We’re privileged to have on board Stephanie Dale, who
recently won an award in the USA for the best indie-published novel in the
Australia/New Zealand category. Stephanie has made a spectacular success of
marketing her books, and in her session, Going Solo, she’ll impart plenty of
hints and tips to other aspiring indies.
Watch this space for more news on the festival or check out