Win a Manuscript Assessment with Publisher Ali Watts of Penguin Random House


Today we welcome wonderful Ali Watts, publisher at Penguin Random House, who has donated her time to raise funds for Buy a Bale and help an aspiring writer at the same time. Here is some information about Ali and what she is offering.

If you have been working on a manuscript and want the chance to win first class feedback and maybe even find your work in front of the right people who can make your dream come true, then make sure you keep following along and bid, bid, bid to win Ali’s attention!

Ali’s offer will be on eBay in the SECOND round of auctions, starting 17 October, 6pm.

Welcome, Ali!


Bio: Publisher of commercial women’s fiction and non-fiction at Penguin Random House Australia, and editor of some of Australia’s most beloved authors, including Monica McInerney, Fiona McIntosh and Josephine Moon.

Genres: All areas of commercial women’s fiction, excluding fantasy and sci-fi.

Submission length: up to 50 pages + a synopsis

Communication: Email

Reply time: up to 3 months (but I’ll try my best for 1!)

Auction reserve: $390


Interested? Of course you are! Stay tuned by following me on Facebook, Twitter or here on this blog to make sure you get all the news in the lead up to this exciting event!


AUTHORS FOR FARMERS is an initiative by Australian author Josephine Moon ( to band together fellow authors from around the country to help with drought relief fundraising for Australian farmers. All money raised goes to BUY A BALE (registered charity,

(Please note: Ebay charges fees for using its platform and these will be will be deducted from the total donation amount at the end.)

Check out Sue Williams and Father Bob

It’s so lovely when authors help each other and this week I was once again gifted with some wisdom from of Australia’s prolific, talented and best-selling authors.

The scary thing about getting your first big publishing break(s) is that you’ve finally managed to scramble your way up into another level of achievement, only to have to kind of start from the bottom again as you attempt to write like, you know, a professional.

fatherbob_lrgI am very grateful to author, Sue Williams (latest book, Father Bob: The Larrikin Priest), for taking time out from her terrifying deadline this week to talk to me about the processes and quandaries of non-fiction writing and to share a bit of coaching as I work through my first major non-fiction book, to be published by Penguin in 2015.

My non-fiction book is about horses. And as a huge animal lover, I hope to write lots of animal-themed books over my career. But I have to get this one right first! So it was really reassuring to be able to quiz Sue one-on-one to check in with her and myself to make sure I was on the right track.

Please visit Sue at her website and check out her extensive collection of bestselling Australian books. Father Bob is sitting beside my bed right now waiting for me to get through the pile and I’m really looking forward to it 🙂