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...

Writers On Reading: Tricia Stringer Talks About Her favourite Books and Characters

This week I welcome to the blog, Rural Romance author Tricia Stringer. Tricia published her first rural romance via Print on Demand back in 2004 before it was a recognized genre. Since then she self-published two more titles before Harlequin Australia accepted her book, Queen of the Road. It was an exciting debut with Harlequin, going on to win RWAs Romantic Book of the Year in 2013 and also being listed in Get Reading’s 50 Books You Can’t Put Down campaign. In 2014 her second book with Harlequin, Right as Rain was published . Tricia grew up on a farm and lives in rural South Australia where she loves to write stories of country life. Her next book, Riverboat Point will be out this December.       Mack’s determined to do what’s right for her father…but will she choose what’s right for herself? Mackenna Birch returns to the family farm in Australia to find her beloved father unwell and her scheming younger brother home from the city, showing a great interest in taking over the business. Mack longs to make big changes to the farm — changes her father has approved. But with her dad’s ailing health, all her plans have been put on hold. Mack finds herself turning to Hugh — her old friend and neighbour — as her confidant. Then, out of the blue, Adam, her holiday romance, turns up. Mack has to juggle some tough decisions and try to make those around her happy. But can she find the balance and have her own ever-after? Thanks for visiting Flying Pony Tricia and all the best...

Writers On Reading: Phillipa Fioretti Talks All Things Books

This week its a pleasure to welcome to the blog Phillipa Fioretti. Phillipa is an award-winning artist and Australian author and a graduate of the Hachette Australia/Queensland writer’s Centre Manuscript Development Program. Phillipa is the author of The Book Of Love, The Fragment of Dreams and her latest release is For One Night Only. When Ornella vacations in Sicily, she meets Hugh, an archaeologist working on a dig in the beautiful town of Taormina. Hugh convinces Ornella to join him on a trip to the island of Stromboli, where they hike up a live volcano at dusk. After a passionate night together Ornella, an actress usually focused on her career, suspects she’s in love. But after breakfast the next morning, Hugh vanishes. Ornella is left with Hugh’s phone, sunglasses and a sudden end to the love affair she thought she didn’t want. Desperate to know if Hugh ran out on her or if he’s met with disaster, she wants to search for him. But with an important screen test in Rome and her agent impatiently waiting for her, Ornella faces a dilemma. Little does she know the danger Hugh is in – and that she is the key to his survival. * Thanks so much for visiting Flying pony Phillipa and good luck with the new release. * 1. Which books do you most vividly remember from your childhood?     Dot and the Kangaroo and Harry the Dirty Dog 2. Who are your three most favourite fictional book characters? Tell us what you love about each of them.  Merival from Restoration by Rose Tremain, because he’s charming, naive,...