In conversation with the editor

I love the baroque patterning that you can work toward with the family

Who said launch?

The author wants something to mark the occasion. A couple of drinks won’t do. Sleeping with the advance copies under your pillow won’t do.

Why on earth would a publisher knock back a politician’s memoir?

Why shouldn’t a publisher refuse a proposal on political grounds when the author or subject of the book has acted in such a way that they have damaged the publisher?

Hopscotch typeset

Selecting text to delete, replace or add is fiddly. But also more accurate.

Hopscotch cover sneak peek

Emma Rafferty – “I wanted it to be modern, possibly geometric, stylised, typography-driven, potentially incorporating the hopscotch grid, to feature at least one iconic Sydney image, and using lighter rather than darker grim colours, as I always associate Sydney with light and colour.”

Anonymous book reviews don’t foster our literary culture – The Conversation

The new Saturday Paper publishes anonymous book reviews and, occasionally, reviews by identified critics. That anonymity…

A reply to Hanif Kureishi

Why writing programs are worth it: a reply to Hanif Kureishi Having served in a…

NaNoWriMo and the art to responding to a brief

Asked last week to write about NaNowriMo by The Conversation, I leapt at the chance…

Ways in to Writing Imaginatively

Suddenly I’m spending time with teens, but they’re not my own two, and I’m talking…

Anna Karenina: not too many parties

I said in my last blog that I’d be writing about writing parties and meetings,…