Supporting Aussie Authors

May 25, 2015 at 4:26 pm

On the weekend I had the pleasure of going to the Emmaus College Fair at Jimboomba. While I took my own books, I went on behalf of my publisher, Wombat Books/Rhiza Press. In spite of being unprepared for some things that are required at these kinds of events (in fact, I forgot a lot of things that I normally remember. I have made a checklist for next time.) they were helpful and supplied me with everything I had neglected to bring with me. We did quite well on the day and I was pleased to see the locals were interested […]

Avenues to Authors

May 18, 2015 at 4:10 pm

When I was younger authors seemed to be people who were a world away from the book I was reading. It wasn’t common to know anything about them other than their names. Favourite authors from my childhood days, such as Enid Blyton, Walter Farley, Louisa May Alcott and LM Montgomery are still largely mysteries to me. I wouldn’t know them if you showed me a photo of them. Not only that, if you wanted to find other fans of the same books you had to find them in the schoolyard. Sometimes it was difficult to find anyone, especially if I […]

Mothers’ Day Reflections

May 11, 2015 at 4:08 pm

Last weekend it was Mothers’ Day (I’m not going to enter into the debate here about where the apostrophe should be. Suffice to say, there was more than one mother at our Mothers’ Day celebrations so, in my mind, the apostrophe goes after the s). It was a busy day, with lots of treats made at our house, as we were hosting the celebrations, which included my parents, my brother and my husband’s parents. In spite of the busy-ness, it was a good day. I got a nice new teapot which I promptly used to make so tea for my […]

Fear and Frustration

May 4, 2015 at 4:05 pm

I love everything about being an author, with the exception of one thing – trying to sell my books. Not all of it is a chore. For example, I’ve found that I’m not bad at online marketing. For much of the first couple of months of this year I concentrated primarily on online marketing with some success, but once my son went back to school in term two, I knew it was time for some up-close-and-personal marketing. The main route we authors try for this is one that can be a source of delight if we succeed and much frustration […]