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
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
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,
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
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,
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
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
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.
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
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
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,
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
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.
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
Originally appeared on Quora which is is a question-and-answer website where questions are created, answered, edited and organized by its community of users. Answered by Archie D’Cruz, editor, designer, writer: To give some context: One of my clients is a “big five” publisher, based in New York. I also have a few other clients in
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
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)
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
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
The power of fiction is a slippery, elusive thing — what it provides is not scientific, and often ephemeral. But stories matter. Stories shape the world. And sometimes we don’t necessarily realize how it’s shaping the world — or how it’s shaping us as the writer and those who read what we put out there.