Elizabeth Harrower Wins 2015 Voss Literary Prize

Australian novelist Elizabeth Harrower. Image courtesy of The Australian newspaper.

Australian novelist Elizabeth Harrower has won the 2015 Voss Literary Prize for her novel In Certain Circles which was published by Melbourne-based independent publisher, Text Publishing. Image courtesy of The Australian. Elizabeth Harrower who was born in 1928 and lives in Sydney withdrew her fifth novel, In Certain Circles, some months prior to publication, in 1971.

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Australian Man Booker Authors Open Letter to PM

Books on display in a bookstore.

Australian Man Booker Prize winning authors, Peter Carey, Richard Flanagan and Tom Keneally break down what the ending of parallel importation restrictions could mean for publishers, writers and readers in Australia in an open letter to the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. An Open Letter to the Prime Minister, the Honourable Malcolm Turnbull Dear Prime Minister,

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Irish Book Awards Winners

Winners at Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2015 announced.

The 2015 Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards has announced it’s winners in a ceremony which took place in Dublin. The awards which celebrates it’s 10th anniversary this year was was attended by Ireland’s top writers, publishers, booksellers and media personalities including novelists Edna O’ Brien, Kevin Barry, Louise O’Neill, Sara Baume and Derek Landy

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Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Shortlist 2015

Prime Minister's Literary Awards Shortlist 2015.

The (Australian) Prime Minister’s Literary Awards which recognise exceptional literary achievement by Australian writers in fiction, non‐fiction, young adult fiction, children’s fiction, poetry and Australian history has released its shortlist for 2015. The Literary Awards celebrate Australian literature and historical works, and recognise the vital role these endeavours play in communicating Australian stories. They also

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The International Dublin Literary Award 2016 Longlist

The International Dublin Literary Award Longlist 2015 is one of the world's most prestigious book awards.

Book lovers everywhere will be pleased by the announcement of 160 books that have made the 2016 long list for the International Dublin Literary Award. The prestigious book award which in its 21st year is among the lengthiest in its already distinguished history. 53 titles which have been translated from other languages have been nominated

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Amazon’s New Bookstore

Amazon has opened a new bookstore called Amazon Books.

Amazon Books—like the surrounding mall—feels like it’s predicated on anxiety. Its very existence may be meant as an answer to anxieties within the company about a persistent inability to overcome the question of ‘discovery,’ both for Amazon Publishing titles and in general—the company remains dependent on consumers finding products they’re interested elsewhere and then buying

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Australian Author Yvette Walker on Writing

Yvette Walker is a Perth-based Australian novelist.

Yvette Walker is an Australian author who currently resides in Perth with her partner. Her debut novel Letters to the End of Love was published by University of Queensland Press in April 2013. It was shortlisted for the 2014 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Yvette won a 2014 WA Premiers Book Award in the Emerging WA

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Marlee Jane Ward on the Writer’s Life

Marlee Jane Ward is an Australian writer and author of Welcome to Orphancorp.

Marlee Jane Ward is a writer, reader and self-confessed weirdo from Melbourne, Australia. She grew up on the Central Coast of New South Wales and studied creative writing at the University of Wollongong. In the summer of 2014 she attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop in the United States. She took out second place in

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Australian Lit Mag Launches Into Books

Writerful Books offers editing services to assist authors in the process of publishing their books.

Writer’s Edit, a Sydney-based literary magazine, has branched into the book industry and is earning them plenty of industry praise. Originally launched in July 2013 as a literary magazine featuring essays, writing prompts, author interviews and writing advice it went on to add publishing to its repertoire last year with Kindling, their annual anthology of

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Paul Dalgarno on His Memoir

Paul Dalgarno is the author of a memoir called 'And You May Find Yourself'.

Paul Dalgarno is a Melbourne-based author and journalist. He writes mainly about people, including himself, and sometimes sings. His book – And You May Find Yourself – was published by Sleepers Publishing in September 2015. You certainly have had a very interesting life. Could you tell us a little more about yourself? I’ve lived a

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Gender Disparity in Australian Book Reviews

Is there a gender gap in publishing?

The Stella Prize along with Books+Publishing, has released statistics showing the gender breakdown of reviews in the Sydney Review of Books and the Saturday Paper. The Stella Count ‘Redux’ focuses on ‘two new publications whose weekly book reviews generate much public interest’, and includes book reviews published in the Saturday Paper from 1 March to

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Mainstream Authors Turn to Self-Publishing

More and more traditionally published authors are turning to self-publishing.

Here’s how the indie success story typically goes: little-known new author puts out a book, which skyrockets in popularity in sales and eventually attracts a lucrative deal with a mainstream publisher. It’s a rags-to-riches sort of story that’s mostly re-told to encourage new writers to try out self-publishing for its ease and accessibility to readers.

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Richard Flanagan is New Professor of Literature

Australian author Richard Flanagan is inaugural Australian literature professor at Melbourne University.

Australian author of The Narrow Road to the Deep North which and winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize has been named as inaugural Boisbouvier Founding Chair of Australian Literature at the University of Melbourne. Flanagan’s appointment at Melbourne University will be for five years. Its structure is reminiscent of Oxford’s poetry chair, which has customarily

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Amazon Sues Users of Fiverr Over Fake Reviews

Writerful Books do not charge to write books reviews on Amazon.

In April of this year, Amazon filed suit against the operators of websites that offered Amazon sellers the ability to purchase fake, four and five-star reviews of their products. Most of those websites have now been closed, and Amazon took action against the sellers involved. Now Amazon is continuing its crackdown on fake reviews by

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Amazon Policy Change to End Reviews on Free Kindle eBooks?

Amazon's policy change will affect reviews on free kindle ebooks.

Amazon has recently changed it’s policy which suggests it may be considering stopping people who download free kindle eBooks from being able to write reviews. This could potentially have repurcussions for self-published authors. If you are an indie author using free eBooks to get reviews it may be prudent to review these policy changes and possibly reconsider changing tactics. Amazon’s

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The Sins of the Author

Journalist Eamonn Duff at the launch of his book The Sins of the Father. Photo copyright of Fairfax Media.

Photo courtesy of Fairfax Media In one of Australia’s most highly publicised drug cases, Schapelle Corby was convicted of smuggling marijuana on a flight to Bali in 2004 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. She was released on parole in February 2014 but so far must remain in Bali, according to Indonesian law.

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Technology’s Impact on Publishing

Technology is changing the face of the book publishing industry according to a new study from Australia.

An Australian first study of Australian authors highlights the dramatic and profound impact that technology is having on authors and the publishing industry. Technology has opened up significant opportunities for self-publishing with the study showing that 84 per cent of fiction authors are changing the way their work is published or distributed. Technology is impacting

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Independent Authors Dominate eBook Market

eBooks on various eBook reading devices.

Independent authors and Amazon-imprint authors sell more eBooks per day than the traditional publishers combined which is the uncomfortable truth that most industry observers, and those in the Big Five publishers, find it hard to swallow. Publishing industry statistics from Nielsen, Bowker, et al who all rely purely on counting ISBNs are completely blind to this fact because

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Fake Book Reviews Undermine Amazon Ratings

Writerful Books do not charge to write books reviews on Amazon.

‘Professional review writers’ are being paid to write five-star reports to push certain books to the top of bestseller lists according to a recent news report from the UK. The report also suggests that a ghost-written eBook which was riddled with errors got to the top of the bestseller list for $56 (USD$86 or AUD$116)

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Books Like…

Searching for books like Gone Girl or books like The Martian? Writerful Books will be adding personal recommendations of books we like.

Have you finished an amazing book recently and are looking for books like the one you just read? As avid readers we know all about searching for new books. Rather than wading through a lot of crowd-sourced books from people who are looking up books like Gone Girl or books like The Martian we thought

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