At the National Book Bloggers Forum we were regaled by the publishers of Penguin Random House about their favourite books they’re publishing this year. When I say ‘regaled’ I mean haranged as we were a captive (and willing) audience, they were very excited, not just to be publishing these books but ...

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How will you know if you’re progressing as a blogger? Well, you could get someone to monitor your writing and tell you if you’re improving or you could watch your statistics to see if your readership grows. One good method of doing that is by using Google Analytics. That’s where Eva ...

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I was fortunate enough to get an invitation to the Walker Books YA Preview night last week. It was very exciting, not quite as good as when I flew to Sydney for the Penguin Random House National Book Bloggers Forum 2014 (NBBF14) but that’s because in 2014 it was in ...

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As you should know by now I love attending or volunteering at conventions and conferences, while it makes little difference what the subject matter is I do prefer the topic to be about books in some way. In November I was invited to volunteer at the Small Press Network Conference. ...

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Elianne was built with the sweat and blood of ‘Kanakas’. In 1881, ‘Big Jim’ Durham, an English soldier of fortune and profiteer, ruthlessly creates for Elianne Desmarais, his young French wife, the finest of the great sugar mills of the Southern Queensland cane fields, and names it in her honour. The ...

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We were given so much information about being published I can’t possibly write it all down but I’ll do some of it. We heard from Random House Australia Managing Editor Brandon VanOver who gave us so much information in such a short time there was no way I could write most of it ...

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