Varuna The Writers’ House

Varuna The Writers’ House is situated close to me, but I had never heard of it until today. I’ve spent some time today going through the awards, competitions and events and feel this website could be useful to me. I have already put my name forward to be added to their mailing list. Unfortunately, they … Read moreVaruna The Writers’ House

Australian Writers Marketplace Online

All serious writers will eventually purchase a copy of their country’s writers marketplace. Most countries have them, as far as I’m aware, but they might have slightly different names. Over the years, I’ve purchase a couple of these reference books. The first time I hardly used the book as I was over eager and purchased … Read moreAustralian Writers Marketplace Online

Russian Roulette or Author Guidelines

The last month has seen me increasingly busy over at Speculative Realm (which has now moved to its own website). The submissions are pouring in, which is great, but I’m seeing a pattern with the submissions which concerns me…yet also gives me (as a writer) hope. I’m noticing that quite a few of the authors … Read moreRussian Roulette or Author Guidelines

If I was an editor…

We hear horror stories about the slush pile all the time. 1. The great stories that have slipped through the fingers of an editor because they didn’t read it. 2. The dozens, more often hundreds, of rejection letters received by serious writers before they are accepted (if they are). 3. The gut feeling that the … Read moreIf I was an editor…

First Rights

This is a promise the manuscript has not previously been published anywhere, through any media. Often this might read First Australian Rights, or First UK Rights and so on, which means that the work has not been published within the specified country or area before. Once you have sold a manuscript’s first rights in one … Read moreFirst Rights

Manuscript Format

Benjamin Solah brought this website to my attention. It’s called William Shunn : Manuscript Format : Short Story and is naturally telling us how to format our manuscripts. I’ve read through the page and agree totally with what he says. Do yourself a favour, if you want to be a professional, learn to set out … Read moreManuscript Format

Set Out Your Manuscript Correctly

Thanks goes to Yzabel for sharing a link to Joe Konrath’s A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing. Although the other posts are informative too, the post I’ve link to struck a cord. Unlike Joe, I have never tried to work my way through 2000+ short stories trying to find “winners” (the mere thought makes me shudder), … Read moreSet Out Your Manuscript Correctly