5 minutes with... Diane Fagan

5 minutes with... Diane Fagan

Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Diane Fagan, author of Jodie’s Rescue.

Hi Diane, thank you for agreeing to this interview. 5 minutes with… is a short interview with our authors so their audience can get to know them a little better and for aspiring writers to learn more about the writing process.

When did you decide to become a writer?

I think I was born wanting to write!  It...

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5 minutes with... Lukas P. Threlfall

5 minutes with... Lukas P. Threlfall

So, what have you written up to now?

At the time of writing I have written one novel that is now published (The Power of the Elements), as well as an unpublished sequel (more on that later).

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Self published authors CAN get into mainstream media

Self published authors CAN get into mainstream media

A&A Author Carolyn Little's first book, Bergstrom's Orange, was featured in the review sections of the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age last weekend. A great result for a first time, self-published author. Congratulations Carolyn.

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5 minutes with… Michael Costello

5 minutes with… Michael Costello

When did you decide to become a writer?

I used to write as a child, and then gave it away when I joined the Public Service. Then at one stage I said to myself that I wasn’t going to get to 70 and regret not pursuing my writing. I went on part time work, did courses, got my skills up and went for it. I have had some success and no regrets.

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How to Write a Memoir

How to Write a Memoir

Writing a memoir is the art of telling the story of a moment in your life.  It isn’t about your whole life; just a peek through the window of your experience.  A memoir might focus on a defining moment, an experience that changed you in some way. For instance, my memoir “So, Where’s My Happy Ever After?” focuses on my becoming single again after twenty-five years of marriage. The defining...

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5 reasons you should consider Self Publishing

5 reasons you should consider Self Publishing

Ultimately self publishing offers Australian authors more control over the whole publishing process. If you’ve exhausted all traditional publishing possibilities or just want to jump right in, here are five reasons why you should consider self publishing here in Australia.

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5 minutes with... Peter d'Plesse

5 minutes with... Peter d'Plesse

When did you decide to become a writer?

I’ve been writing as far back as I can remember. Way back in the school days I produced stories that won some small prizes in primary and high school. I started writing for magazines out of an interest to share my learning experiences from the activities I enjoyed...

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5 Top Tips to eBook Publishing Success

5 Top Tips to eBook Publishing Success

The popularity of ebooks is growing every year because nothing beats reading a good book and ebooks make reading more portable in that you can carry many books with you at once on your ebook reader.

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I need to write.

I need to write.

It’s sometimes about my need to be heard. There are some days that I need to know that people are listening, and my voice can be heard above the chatter of the world, beyond the anonymity of one in seven billion, and despite the coldness and darkness of life. I’m still in that cement box at the bottom of the ocean, desperate to be listened to, and understood...

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Start BookTubing now!

In the advent of computers, technology, and the unforeseeable reign of Apple, it’s difficult to know where the future of books lies. A normal train journey into the city will show more peoples’ noses glued to the glass of a smart phone rather than the pages of a book. In such fast times, it seems that people are more and more inclined to absorb shorter bouts of information rather than making the full time commitment to reading a book...

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Win a copy of "Six Steps Down" by Mandi Greenwood

Win a copy of "Six Steps Down" by Mandi Greenwood

Six Steps Down is Mandi Greenwood’s debut novel. Inspired by the beautiful Victorian coastline, the story follows sixteen year old Aisley in a journey of history and discovery. Written for young adults, this novel will take you on a roller coaster of intrigue and heartbreak.

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Young author triumphs over school bullies

Young author triumphs over school bullies

“Hayden is a courageous and creative young man who, with the support of his family, has used his imagination and love of story-telling to triumph over the challenges of living with Asperger’s Disorder.

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E-books One Third of All Sales

Joy Aimée, Managing Director of A&A Book Publishing Pty Ltd, has welcomed the recent arrival to Australia of the iPad and Kobo, the e-book reader launched in partnership with Borders bookshops.

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Interview with Wendy Fitzgerald and Bridget McKern

Joy Aimee, Director of A&A Publishing, talks with prizewinning A&A authors Wendy Fitzgerald and Bridget McKern about the opportunities that have come their way since their books were published.

Joy: Welcome, Wendy and Bridget. First of all, congratulations to both of you for your recent successes. Being shortlisted and then awarded ‘Commended’ status in the Society of Women Writers Biennial Book Awards is a great achievement. Please tell us about your...

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Are You Really Ready to Get Published?

As you might imagine in my line of work as a publisher, editor and creativity coach, I am always meeting people who tell me they want to be published.

I’ve learnt to listen very carefully to what comes after that first statement because it is the words they utter next that will usually tell me whether or not they are serious...

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Legal Review Essential in a Litigious World

The plight of would-be author, Australian citizen Harry Nicolaides, currently languishing in a Thai jail for allegedly insulting the Royal Family, reminds all of us, publishers and authors alike, of the vital importance of seeking legal advice before going to press.

Nicolaides has been jailed for three years after it was claimed that a reference to the crown prince in the author’s self-published novel, V’, was deemed offensive. Nicolaides says he...

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