My book is a real, solid object now! There's a copy sitting beside me as I type this, and finally, I no longer feel like a fraud saying "I'm a writer" when I introduce myself to people. As the countdown to May 1st continues, this week I thought I would share a little of what led me to my publisher, Ford Street, and what it has been like to publish with them.
It's coming... The Things We Can't Undo will be released 1 May 2018. Here's some more info on what you can expect in the next 7 weeks:
A blog tour is currently being arranged with a number of Australian YA bloggers and a schedule will be posted here soon. If you have a book blog and would like to review, interview or feature a guest post, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Two YA novels with lots of marketing and high expectations. Two contemporary stories set in high schools. Two pretty decent reads, but disappointing in different ways. Here are my reviews of One of Us Is Lying and My Life As a Hashtag.
This is the final week of my interview series, and after having featured a debut author, and YA and MG writers both established in their careers, it seemed like the series would be incomplete without a successful self-published author too. I hope you've enjoyed hearing about many different aspects of Australian reading, writing and publishing.
Ashley Capes is a novelist and teacher based in Melbourne. After initially publishing his work via small US-based publisher Snapping Turtle, Ashley now self-publishes his speculative fiction novels and novellas, earning a consistent part-time income from his writing. He’s also a high school teacher of English, Media Studies and Music Production, and a published poet. Wearing all of those hats, Ashely caught up with me to share his wisdom.
The final installment of my interview series is coming next week, with another successful novelist explaining what led to their choice to self-publish. But for today, let me share with you some quick questions and answers I had with Sofia, aka The Literary Casanova, an Aussie blogger and reviewer who I had the pleasure of meeting at last year’s Sydney Writers Festival.
Claire West has worked as a book buyer for a variety of stores across Sydney, a position she found her way into after working in retail, as a secondary school teacher, and as a tutor. Her most recent role was senior book buyer for Berkelouw Book Face, where she co-managed the purchases of new and existing titles for eleven stores. She relinquished the role at the end of 2017 to move to Melbourne, but prior to that I caught up with her to hear more about this important role in the retail side of the industry. Claire has long held an interest in books and continues to blog at https://clairewest.com.au
Fleur Ferris has published three Young Adult thrillers with Penguin Random House, with a fourth coming out later in 2018. She's lived in multiple states across Australia and built up a wealth of knowledge in industries ranging from emergency response to rice farming. Fleur's first book, Risk, won two Sisters in Crime Davitt Awards and an Australian Family Therapists' Award for Children's Literature. Fleur was kind enough to chat with me about how she got into writing for teens, how things have changed after a few years of success in the industry, and where to next.
My wonderful publisher, Paul Collins of Ford Street, has been working hard this month coordinating myself, my editor Nan and cover designer Cathy, as well as his distributors and printers. Booksellers are now able to find my novel in the NewSouth Books catalogue, and it will soon be ready for online orders from Ford St. This past month has absolutely flown for me, and I am so proud to be able to show you what will be coming to bookshelves this May:
I haven't stopped reading (although there was a short break when I moved house), but it seems I stopped reviewing when I began posting the interview series. Sorry about that! Here's two short ones from recent reads that have stuck with me.
Kate Simpson is one third of the team behind One More Page, a kids’ book podcast launching next month. Based in Sydney, Kate and her co-hosts Nat and Liz are all kids’ book fanatics with experience in a variety of areas of the writing industry, and all write picture books. Their podcast will cover books for babies through to early YA. I caught up with Kate to find out what’s involved in creating a podcast, what inspired them, and a little more about what to expect from One More Page.