The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

'You Be Mother' is Meg Mason's debut novel after the success of her memoir 'Say It Again In A Nice Voice'. As part of our Subscriberthon series, we talked to Meg about her writing process.

Gabriella Coslovich is a Melbourne journalist with more than 20 years experience. Her first book 'Whiteley on Trial' is a hard hitting look at one of the biggest arts fraud cases Australia has ever seen.

In recent years, self-publishing has morphed into ‘indie publishing’ (‘indie’ being short for ‘independent’). Since about 2011, when ebooks finally gained the popularity they had promised since the internet took off in the early 1990s, more and more new writers have discovered they can publish globally for essentially no cost.

Pip Smith's debut novel, 'Half Wild', is based on the real life of Eugenia Falleni, a transgender person who captivated Sydney in 1920 when, living as Harry Crawford, he was arrested for the murder of Annie Birkett, his wife.

When I clicked ‘publish’, I had no idea what I’d got myself into.

‘Parting words’ is the much-awaited second novel from writer Cass Moriarty, that asks: how well do we really know our parents? As part of our Subscriberthon series, we talked to Cass about her writing process.

For this column, I’ve been asked to write on the theme of ‘Do It Yourself’ in relation to self-publishing, which I have to admit is a tricky one for me as a literary agent. As an agent, my role entails finding publishers for our clients and managing the relationship between author and publisher once we do, in addition to contract negotiations, handling foreign publication rights and film and TV rights, and being our clients’ best advocate.

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Shastra Deo's debut poetry collection 'The Agonist' won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize last year and has been described as ‘full of the beautiful music of fracture and repair’. As part of our Subscriber-thon series, we talked to Shastro about her writing process.

Earlier this year, one of my sisters dragged me along to a game show audition. After filling out a four-page questionnaire that asked such insightful questions as ‘What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you?’, ‘Have you ever been caught out in a lie?’ and ‘Do you have an unusual bucket list item?’ (presumably so that they could be discussed and laughed at on national television) as well as what we did for a living, we were then grilled by a producer.