Attention all writers: back to basics

Attention all writers: back to basics

Literary agent Rachelle Gardner does a dynamite job in her blog of educating writers about the real world of publishing. In today’s blog post, she touches on something that I thought was very, very obvious – until yesterday. I emailed an editor a brief that said...
The immutable law of publishing

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. Whether you are an author, an editor, a publisher, a designer, or anyone else involved in the creation of books, this is a truth that you need to absorb deep...
Defending the ghost

Defending the ghost

I was listening to a radio interview with former Queensland chief magistrate Di Fingleton this morning. Fingleton’s memoir, Nothing to do with justice, has just been released.  Hers is a remarkable story: she was jailed for six months in 2003 after being convicted of...
An elevator pitch for Red Hill Publishing

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? Sounds obvious. We publish books. Duh. But we also do a whole range of things involved in creating books. Which brings...
Mummy’s having a temper tantrum

Mummy’s having a temper tantrum

I have a terrible temper. Mostly I think people would see me as very calm; I have been surprised from time to time by friends and colleagues describing me as serene; I’ve even been called ‘majestic’ on one occasion.  But when I lose it, I lose it. Big time. The other...