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Queensland: Paradise submerged

I live in the sub-tropical paradise that is Brisbane, capital of the state of Queensland. In the past seven days, though, paradise has fallen as much of the state has been engulfed in flood waters. Read more

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Writers: you need to get the knowledge

Writers who understand the book business are better able to make their way through it. Simple as that. Read more

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The immutable law of publishing

If there’s one thing you need to know about publishing, it’s this: there is no such thing as a perfect book. Read more

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Red Hill Publishing – we’re all heart!

Red Hill Publishing is getting on board with this year’s Brisbane Writers Festival theme and sharing the love.  Win tickets to four different Brisbane Writers Festival events: Read more

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An elevator pitch for Red Hill Publishing

It’s been a remarkable year for Red Hill Publishing, our first in business. We sat down this week to ask the central question: exactly what do we do? Read more

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The Book Thief – will a publisher steal my idea?

One question authors often ask me is, ‘how do I know you won’t steal my ideas or my words?’ There is no ironclad guarantee that a publisher won’t steal your concept or your manuscript. However, even on a pragmatic level a reputable publisher would never steal from an author, because it would mean that if word got out (as it inevitably would, because publishing is a pretty tight-knit industry), no one would submit manuscripts to that publisher – and that would be the death knell to their business. Read more

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The publishing roller coaster

One of the hardest challenges that confronts an author entering the publishing process? Letting go. Read more