Calling all writers!
Your chance to win yourself a RARE opportunity for feedback on your work in progress from a leading Australian publisher or author is nearly here!
Round 1 bidding begins on ebay, Monday October 15 at 6pm!
The next of our wonderful Australian authors who has donated his time to raise funds for Buy a Bale and help an aspiring writer at the same time is debut author Michael Trant. Here is some information about Michael and what he 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 Michael’s attention!
Michael’s offer will be on eBay in the FIRST round of auctions, starting 15 October, 6pm.
Bio: Michael Trant is a WA country boy now based in Perth, having grown up on the family farm at Eneabba, before moving to Geraldton and then out to Yalgoo. He writes contemporary Australian fiction and his debut novel Ridgeview Station was released in June 2017.
Why are you excited to do this? I received a lot of help from established authors and look forward to be able to do the same for others
Genres: Outback/rural themed works would be my strong point, but I read a lot of fantasy, thriller and horror, though I wouldn’t feel confident offering advice on works where romance is the main plot.
Length: 50 pages. That seems to cover what most agents/publishers ask to see first.
Communication: Email. Face to face would be great if it is practical.
Time: One month. Nothing worse than a long wait for feedback.
Auction reserve: $99
AUTHORS FOR FARMERS is an initiative by Australian author Josephine Moon (www.josephinemoon.com) 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, http://www.buyabale.com.au).
(Please note: Ebay charges fees for using its platform and these will be will be deducted from the total donation amount at the end.)
I’m setting the bar stupendously high and aiming for $100,000 for our farmers. Think we can do it? We’ll never know if we don’t try!
Here is the final list of books in the prize pool:
|Josephine Moon||Three Gold Coins + The Chocolate Promise|
|Nick Earls||Analogue Men|
|Monica McInerney||Trio of Quinlan novels: The Alphabet Sisters, Lola’s Secret, Trip of a Lifetime, signed|
|Rachael Johns||Talk of the Town + The Greatest Gift|
|Katherine Howell||Web of Deceit (US hardback), signed|
|Nicki Edwards||The Peppercorn Project|
|Liz Byrski||A Month of Sundays|
|Karen Viggers||The Lightkeeper’s Wife|
|Michael Trant||Ridgeview Station|
|Louise Allen||The Sister’s Song|
|Annie Seaton||Come Back to Me + Her Outback Playboy|
|Sandie Docker||The Kookaburra Café|
|Eleanor Limprecht||The Passengers|
|Aoiffe Clifford||All These Perfect Strangers + Second Sight|
|Elise McCune||Castle of Dreams|
|Monique Mulligan||Writing the Dream|
|S.D. Wasley||The Seventh|
|Emily Madden||The Lost Pearl|
|Pamela Cook||Close to Home + The Crossroads|
|Tess Woods||Beautiful Messy Love|
|Fiona Palmer||Sisters and Brothers, Secrets Between friends, The Road Home, The Family Secret & The Saddler Boys, The Family Farm|
|Vanessa Carnevale||The Florentine Bridge + The Memories that Make Us|
|Christine Wells||The Juliet Code|
|Love Sabre (Kristine Charles)||Love Sabre Anthology|
|Helene McCarthy||A Quiet Hero|
|Katie Rowney||Front Page News|
|Louise Guy||Everyday Lies|
|Nadia L. King||Jenna’s Truth|
|Amanda Knight||Situation Critical|
|Sally Hepworth||The Secrets of Midwives, The Family Next Door, The Mother’s Promise, The Things We Keep|
|Kylie Ladd||The Way Back|
|Susan Johnson||The Landing|
|Elizabeth Foster||Esme’s Wish|
|Adele Dumont||No Man is an Island|
|Cassandra Austin||All Fall Down|
|Jennie Jones||The House at the Bottom of the Hill|
|Shirley Patton||The Secrets We Keep|
|Beth Prentice||Dangerous Deeds|
|Phillipa Nefri Clark||Jasmine Sea + The Station Master’s Cottage|
|V.P. Colombo||A Little Bite of Happiness|
|Laura Sams||Crazy Busy Guilty|
|Lisa Ireland||The Shape of Us|
|Kelly Rimmer||Before I Let You Go|
|Melissa Schembri||How to Find Your Dream Job in 21 Days|
|Susanne Bellamy et. al.||Hearts of the Town|
|Anna Daniels||Girl in Between|
|Reba A Booth||Hosts of Erravilla|
|Jane Gillespie||Journey to Me|
|Joanna Nell||The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village|
|Kate Forsyth||Beauty in Thorns|
|Margareta Osborn||Mountain Ash|
|Ellie O’Neal||The Right Girl|
|Michelle Endersby||Awakening Around Roses|
|Darry Fraser||Daughter of the Murray + Where The Murray River Runs|
|Amanda Hampson||The French Perfumer + The Yellow Villa|
|Maddison Michaels||The Elusive Earl + The Devilish Duke|
|Andy Muir||Something for Nothing|
|Claire Varley||The Book of Ordinary People|
|Fleur McDonald||Fools Gold, Suddenly One Summer, What Does a Horse Say?|
|S.L. Mills||GOM’s Gold|
|Alicia Gilmore||Path to the Night Sea|
|Ben Hobson||To Become a Whale|
|Liane Moriarty||Nine Perfect Strangers|
|Kirsty Manning||The Jade Lily|
|A.L. Tait||The Book of Secrets|
|Benjamin Law||The Family Law|
|Christian White||The Nowhere Child|
|Dervla McTiernan||The Ruin|
|Brooke Davis||Lost and Found|
|Jessica Rowe||Is This My Beautiful Life?|
|Sophie Laguna||The Choke|
|Tim Winton||The Shepherd’s Hut|
1st prize: 75 books
2nd prize: 15 books + $30 Dymocks voucher
3rd prize: 10 books
Open to Australian postal addresses only. Books will be posted directly to the winners from the authors. Prize drawn 2 October 2018.
Want to know my top three tips for writing? Or how I manage characters and setting? Or maybe how to manage the light and shade in a story? I share all of this and much more on episode 231 of So you Want to Be a Writer.
Have you listened to the Australian Writers Centre‘s podcast series? It’s full of great information, tips and advice, as well as a regular guest speaker.
And this time around, I’m delighted to announce that it’s me! Click this link to hear the podcast.
The first part of the podcast is a conversation with Allison Tait and Valerie Khoo and covers how to avoid the query stage with agents and publishers, then my interview comes after that at around 27 minutes. Happy listening!
Do you have a book club? Want to start one right now?
Here is a wonderful opportunity to have your next meeting’s event delivered to your door, with 10 copies of Three Gold Coins, two bottles of wine and quality snacks, as well as reading and discussion notes and advice on how to start a book club if you need it.
Good Reading Magazine says: “Three Gold Coins packs a mountain of heart, an abundance of tortured soul and a banquet of mouthwatering food.”
To enter, simply follow this link.
Four books published but there is something rather special about these eight words This is a GOA billboard at Moorooka showing off my 8-word story. Thank you to Queensland Writers Centre for choosing my wee tale.
Such a fun and fabulous program to get art out onto the street. I remember only too well all the days of sitting in traffic and it would have been such a lovely thing to have little fairy drops of literature to feed my soul along the way.
Want to play along? You still have time to enter your own 8-word story! Just tweet it with the hashtag #8wordstory and tag the Queensland Writers Centre. Or go to https://8wordstory.com to enter online by Friday 24 November.