My Top 5 Reads So Far For 2018

My Top 5 Reads So Far For 2018

Welcome to The Writers’ Dozen Top 5 Reads Blog Hop. I’ve been a member of this fabulous writing group for 14 years. We’re an eclectic bunch of writers penning novels across a diverse range of genres including crime, women’s fiction, rural romance, romantic comedy, chic lit, historical fiction, literary fiction and short stories. This year we’ve decided to join forces and do some blog hops so readers can see what we’re all about, starting with our Top 5 Reads (so far) for 2018. You can see my selections in this post and then click on the links to see what my writing buddies have been reading. We’d love to hear about what books you’ve been enjoying so don’t forget to leave your comments and recommendations.   Happy Reading!    We’re not far into the year but I’ve managed to squeeze in some reading in between revisions for my new book, Cross My Heart. So here in no particular order are my latest faves.   The Emotional Craft Of Fiction by Donald Maass     Starting with a writing book because that’s where my head’s at right now. I’m a huge fan of Donald Maass and always refer to his how-to books when I’m in the revision stage. A literary agent turned writing guru he has great advice for commercial fiction authors who want to write page-turners. And don’t we all? This latest one is all about creating an emotional connection for your reader which will, in turn, get them hooked. Perfect for me right now as this is the goal for my current manuscript. Maass provides detailed theory, examples...
Revise To Publish Masterclass Applications Now Open (April 20-22 2018)

Revise To Publish Masterclass Applications Now Open (April 20-22 2018)

I’m super excited to announce the date and venue for my 2018 Writing Retreat. Applications are now being taken for the Revise To Publish At Russley Masterclass being held at the beautiful Russley Rural Retreat in Segenhoe, NSW, from Friday April 20 to Sunday April 22nd.   Treat yourself to a very special weekend at Russell Rural Retreat near scone, NSW. Spend the weekend with fellow writers learning how to polish and revise your manuscript to make it publication worthy. In this intensive workshopping weekend Pamela will share what she’s learned about getting your novel up to scratch, attracting the attention of agents and publishers and submitting a manuscript you can be truly proud of.         Places are strictly limited (maximum of 9) and open only to those who have completed a full first draft of their manuscript. The emphasis during the workshop will be on revising your work to give it the best chance of being snapped up by a publisher. The Masterclass will be a condensed, updated version of the Tell Me A Story retreat Pamela ran in Fiji in 2017.   Here’s everything you need to know: What:     Masterclass When: Friday April 20 (4pm Meet and Greet) to Sunday April 22 (4pm finish) Where: Russley Rural Retreat (242 Segenhoe Road, Segenhoe, New South Wales) Who: This Masterclass is for authors who have completed at least one  draft of their novel and are aiming for publication.   Your Tutor Pamela is a multi published author of commercial fiction, has a Masters in Creative Writing and over twenty years of teaching experience. Her teaching positions...
5 Things You May Not Know About Book Publishing

5 Things You May Not Know About Book Publishing

For most people the only thing they need to know about the book publishing industry is when their favourite author is releasing their next book. Sometimes they have other questions. Since the release of my first book I’ve been asked by both readers and other writers about how the publishing industry works and what happens once your book is out there in the big, wide world. I’ve narrowed this down to 5 things you may not know so here they are in random order. 1. Writing Is Only Part The Job It’s now 8 months since The Crossroads was released. Hard to believe all that time has passed! Although it still feels like last month to me, 8 months is quite a long time in the publishing industry. In any given year around 20,000 book titles are published in Australia so in industry terms many, many books have filled the shelves since my most recent publication. So for an author, the period of time they spend under their publisher’s spotlight is necessarily brief. That’s why most authors today, certainly writers of commercial fiction, spend time on their Facebooks, Twitter and Instagram accounts and other social media platforms. Traditional publishers expect their authors to actively market their books and for Indie (self published) authors the time spent on marketing is even greater. It’s how we try to find new readers, remind our loyal readers we’re still around and stay connected to our audience.   2. Authors Only Get One Piece Of The Pie Whether you’re traditionally or self published, you are paid a percentage of the profits from your book...
Looking Back Before Moving Forward: My Year In Review

Looking Back Before Moving Forward: My Year In Review

It’s that time of year again, the time of year when we all get nostalgic and reflect back on the year that was before looking forward to the year ahead. So as I take a look back over 2015 I thought I’d share the stand out memories from each month. Some good, some amazing and some among the hardest of my life. I’ll be posting often between now and December 31 and because I’m late getting started (as always!) I’ll be grouping a few months together. Overall, the year started pretty much as usual, holidays with family, catching up with friends but as the months passed I have to say the word that sums up my year would be CHANGE. I’m someone who has always resisted change – happy to stay in my safe, secure little bubble and let the world roll on by, but the universe had another idea in mind and by the second half of the year, things were changing rapidly. But more about the later. Let’s start with January, February and March … My favourite time of the year, lazing at Little Forest, meeting friends, planning my writing year and enjoying the summer sunshine.     Seeing Sting and Paul Simon live perform together in the Hunter Valley was a definite musical highlight. More great music followed with Rod Stewart who might be heading for 70 but can still strut his stuff, and the talents of Lady Antebellum.         We welcomed a new four legged friend into the family – Moon – my daughter’s warm blood x Irish sport horse.    ...
Writing Inspirations: Who and What Inspires Rural Romance Author Jennie Jones

Writing Inspirations: Who and What Inspires Rural Romance Author Jennie Jones

This week on Writing Inspirations I welcome the lovely Jennie Jones. Jennie and I met a couple of years ago at the Romance Writers of Australia Conference and share a love of writing, good wine and horses.     Jennie writes Rural Romance and her latest novel, The House At the End Of The Street (released August 1st) is rocketing up the book charts.       Bestselling Jennie Jones takes us back to Swallow’s Fall: Gemma has a burning need to stay and make a home. All Josh has ever wanted is to get out. Now he has the chance, and all he needs to do is tie up a few loose ends…  Gemma Munroe loves hard, laughs hard and plays hard. Or at least she did before today. Her dream is finally within her grasp – owning the toy shop in Swallow’s Fall and establishing herself permanently. Only one person has the power to get in her way: Josh Rutherford – the love of her life who kissed her and left her ten years ago is coming home. Josh will be in town for only five days. He’ll finally sever the ties to a youth filled with poverty by selling the properties that are now his. He’s returning healthy, wealthy and emotionally stable, and then he’ll leave forever. It’s all in the plan. Except for Gem. He never forgot her, but he definitely forgot the effect she has on him. Now she’s got problems, and he can’t seem to leave without trying to help her solve them. The town itself has its own plans: Gemma and Josh...
Inspirations: How Horses Inspired Me To Write

Inspirations: How Horses Inspired Me To Write

Writing and horse riding are two things I came to later I life, both around the same time and both at a point where I was looking for a new challenge. For anyone who has read my books – or even seen the covers – you’ll know that horses feature strongly in my writing. So today I thought I’d tell you a little about how my love of horses developed and how they came to feature in my stories. Like many people I spent the odd few hours trail riding when I was a teenager. I never had a fear of horses but didn’t have the undying adoration some other teenage girls have. It was a pleasant way to spend a few hours with friends in a nice setting. Many years later I was fortunate to buy a holiday property on the south coast with my husband, just down the road from where I’d ridden as a girl. By this time I had two young daughters who wanted to go for a ride every time we visited. It was the perfect set up – plenty of access to horses without the cost of owning one ourselves. But when the riding school closed down that perk ended and we found – too late – that the girls were hooked.       Many hours of lessons and many dollars down the track, my eldest daughter ended up riding a horse for a friend-of-a-friend who was pregnant and couldn’t ride. That was probably the turning point. My daughter fell in love with the horse, Sprite, who we ended up buying and...