I still haven’t finished my book. Last week my brain was fried and I couldn’t find anything to write about. This week I’m that much closer to finishing my book. I’ll write about it next week whether I finish or not, I feel you’ve all been very patient. We managed ...

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I’m still reading that book of short stories, with just over 400 pages to go I will finish some time soon. But I figured it’s been a while since I looked at the publishing industry so I thought I’d look around and see what’s happening. There’s lots of new books ...

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I finally did a Click and Collect at the library the other day. Now that Melbourne is out of lockdown and vastly reducing our restrictions I’m finally borrowing a book from the library. It makes no sense to have left it so long until you see the state of my ...

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Tonight I’ll be showing off. Not that my writing is any good, because in this story it’s entirely the opposite. I currently have no books waiting for me to scribble words about them. I’m currently on page 532 of a book of short stories, there’s only 1,229 pages in this ...

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Well, the date was with my blog but I’m certainly late. I like to publish on a Monday and today is Tuesday. So I’m sitting here while the Prague Cello Quartet sits in a library somewhere and plays Roxanne by The Police and pretending to write something useful. I could ...

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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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I had a teacher at uni who talked about many things including grammar but also how to read your own writing out loud. I’ve not forgotten the gist of her words and they came back to me tonight while watching a Port Fairy Literary Weekend Event. Port Fairy is a ...

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Audiobooks are a challenge to create. They are an added expense and can take lots of time. I don’t have dollar figures for audiobooks but who you choose will make a difference as to the bottom line. Some people will read the book themselves, this is very time consuming but ...

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Almost every year I’ve received an email offering me a free media pass to the London Bookfair. Each year I’ve looked at this email while turning a distinct shade of green. They always send it out only a few days prior to the event. And the problem is organising tickets ...

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There are some basics that make every book easier to read. Text free from typos and good grammar are two of these basics. This is what Laura Goodin has to say about grammar: Good grammar and punctuation are both the CAUSE and the EFFECT of clear understanding. When they’re right, ...

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I had such fun with my Reading Challenge in 2020 I’ve decided to embark on three challenges this year. Yes, three. It’s not going to be as challenging as it sounds as there’s a lot of crossover. The three challenges I’m doing are The 2021 Nonfiction Reader Challenge. Hosted by ...

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Last year I received a lovely email asking me to try out a brand new book subscription service. I was intrigued. I enjoyed some of the selections of the book subscription service I paid for in 1980 and I wanted to see what these people did. Back in the late ...

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Early this year I joined a Facebook group for the Dymocks Reading Challenge for 2020. I had no expectations of actually finishing the challenge as I’ve never managed to complete a reading challenge before, but I decided to join the group and cheer people on. Over this past weekend I ...

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Here is yet another reason I dislike Amazon. They own Audible. You may have heard of Audible, you might even use it. And if you’ve returned an audio book through Audible I hope you’re going to think twice about doing it again in the future. When we return purchases to ...

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I’m sure you’ve all noticed I’ve not been blogging. I think I was hitting overwork and was struggling to find the motivation to write. My back was giving me pain and then it went from bad to worse. My physio put me on total bed rest, four weeks – and ...

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