Indie Book Awards 2017 Longlist

Indie Book Awards 2017

The longlists for the 2017 Indie Book Awards have recently been announced. Established in 2008, the Indie Book Awards offer independent booksellers to take their rightful place in the spotlight as key supporters of Australian authors. The Indie Book Awards are regarded as forerunners of all major Australian book awards. Independent booksellers of Australia, known

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Australian Writer Georgia Blain Passes Away

Australian novelist Georgia Blain.

Writerful Books is saddened to be informed of the death of Australian novelist Georgia Blain who was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year. The author of Closed for Winter, Candelo and Between a Wolf and a Dog which was recently shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, and also winning the $10,000 Queensland Literary

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Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Shortlist

The Victorian Premier's Literary Awards recognise and reward literary achievement by Australian writers.

The Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley has recently announced the shortlist for the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. The awards recognise and reward literary achievement by Australian writers. The winners of the five award categories – fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry and writing for young adults – each receive a prize of $25,000, and go

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Looking for Australian Beta Readers?

Writerful Books is an author services and editing company based in Australia that provides beta reading, book editing services and manuscript assessments for Australian authors.

Writerful Books is an author services company based in Melbourne, Australia that provides beta readers as well as editing services for Australian authors. Our professional beta readers will analyse your manuscript carefully before it is edited (new writers should have their book edited first) and provide you with constructive criticism focusing on the flow, characterisation,

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Bookshops Host ‘Civilized Saturday’

Independent bookshops across the UK have had a ‘Civilized Saturday’, which was launched last year as an antidote to the consumer madness of Black Friday that occurs every year in the United States. The Bookseller reported that “Great British Bake Off-inspired events, wine, chocolate and the coziness Danish lifestyle philosophy of hygge feature heavily in

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Costa Book Awards 2016 Shortlist

The Costa Book Awards honour some of the most outstanding books of the year written by authors based in the UK and Ireland.

The 2016 Costa Book Awards shortlists have been announced with three former winners making the shortlist again for this year’s prize. Maggie O’Farrell for This Must Be the Place, Rose Tremain for The Gustav Sonata and Sebastian Barry for Days Without End. This year sees women dominating the Costa book award shortlists, with Rose Tremain,

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International Dublin Literary Award Longlist

International Dublin Literary Award announced its longlisted books for 2017.

The International Dublin Literary Award has announced its 2017 longlist of 147 authors. The prestigious book award is the world’s most valuable annual literary fiction prize for books published in English. There are seven Irish writers on the longlist for the 2017 International Dublin Literary Award. The Irish authors include previous winner Kevin Barry, and

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Ideas to Overcome Writer’s Block

Seven ways to generate ideas for writers.

First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination ~ Napoleon Hill The word ‘idea’ often conjures up the image of a sudden flash of inspiration that comes like a bolt out of nowhere. We

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Irish Book Awards Winners Announced

Irish book awards.

Mike McCormack has won the Novel of the Year prize at the 2016 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards for a novel constructed from a single sentence. Solar Bones is set in rural Co Mayo and is the story of a dead man returning home on All Souls Day to look back over his life.

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Do You Need to Hire an Editor?

Where to hire a professional editor?

Jane Friedman is a contributor to Author in Progress: A No-Holds-Barred Guide to What It Really Takes to Get Published, which features essays from the Writer Unboxed community. The following is a selection from her chapter on whether writers should invest in a professional editor before submitting their work to agents or publishers. Writing and

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‘Single Sentence’ Novel Wins Book Award

Mike McCormack is an Irish writer and author of award winning book, Solar Bones.

Mike McCormack has become the fourth winner of the Goldsmiths Prize at an award ceremony in London. He is the third Irish writer to win since the prize began. Solar Bones was published by independent Irish publisher, Tramp Press, after the writer was released by Jonathan Cape just under a decade ago. The winning book

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Two Female Authors Share Literary Award

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlist for 2016 has been announced.

The award for fiction writing at this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary award has been awarded jointly to two women writers, Lisa Gorton for her novel, The Life of Houses and Charlotte Wood, for her novel The Natural Way of Things. Lisa Gorton’s book looks at the relationships between three generations of an Australian establishment family,

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Irish Book Awards 2016 Shortlist

Irish book awards.

The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2016 has announced its shortlist which features some outstanding writing from new and established writers across fourteen categories. The awards, now in its 11th year, features 14 categories, including children’s literature, cookery, crime fiction, popular fiction, nonfiction, sports, short story and poetry. The winners of the awards will

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Voss Literary Prize Shortlist 2016

nominations for the second annual 2017 Voss Literary Prize.

The shortlist for the 2016 Voss Literary Prize has been announced. The shortlist of six books was chosen from a longlist of ten. The Voss Literary Prize was launched in 2014 and is awarded to the best novel published in Australia in the previous year, and is named after historian Vivian Robert Le Vaux Voss.

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Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Shortlist 2016

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlist for 2016 has been announced.

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Arts Minister Senator Mitch Fifield have announced the shortlists for the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. Thirty books have been recognised across the six award categories. The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia and the valuable contribution Australian literature and history makes to the

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Publisher Charges Fee to Submit a Manuscript

Submit a manuscript.

Sean O’Keeffe, publisher of Liberties Press in Dublin, Ireland has announced that the publisher have started charging €100 for manuscript submissions that haven’t been submitted by a reputable literary agent. O’Keeffe justified his position by saying that “there are approximately 100,000 new books published in English every year, with a further 600,000 self-published – many

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Queensland Literary Awards 2016 Winners

Queensland Literary Award have announced their shortlists for 2016.

The winners of the 2016 Queensland Literary Awards have been announced. The Queensland Literary Awards (QLA) was established in 2012 by a group of passionate Queensland volunteers and advocates for literature. The Awards recognise and reward outstanding Australian writers. Winning Books & Categories Fiction ($10,000) Between a Wolf and a Dog (Georgia Blain, Scribe) Nonfiction ($10,000)

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WA Premier’s Book Awards Winners 2016

Literary awards and literary prizes.

The Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards winners were announced Tuesday October 4 2016. The 2016 Awards are the first WA Premier’s Book Awards in its new biennial format after a year’s break because of State Budget cuts and had 792 entries, up by 61 per cent from the 492 entries in 2014. The upswing in

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Writers on Getting Published

Writers face may struggles such as getting published and writer's block.

Getting published. It’s the proverbial carrot, the finish line, the one milestone that might convince your parents that choosing a career as a writer wasn’t a huge mistake. Almost every aspiring writer dreams of the day that they can walk into a bookstore and see their own name on the cover of a shiny new

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