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Sandra Lording, Mansfield Photographer

Sandra Lording, police officer turned photographer, moved to Mansfield two years ago. For the first eighteen months, she was ready to return to Melbourne, but thanks to connections made through work and helpful locals, she settled. She now works for the Mansfield Courier and is growing her photography business. She’s been kind enough to share … Continue reading Sandra Lording, Mansfield Photographer

Collaborating With Children

In How to be an Unhappy Expat, I explained how I came to be co-directing a production for my children's school. I was uniquely unqualified for this role. Sure, I'd written and co-directed shows before, but I'd never worked with children. I wasn't a teacher. I hadn't even coached a sports team. The closest I'd come … Continue reading Collaborating With Children

Barb Grant’s Tough Transition to Mansfield

Good news is fun to share, but when things aren’t going so well, it takes a lot of courage to tell your story in public. This week, Barb has stepped up to speak about her move from Melbourne to Mansfield, which was, “The biggest, toughest transition I’ve ever made.”

How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal

Think of your book proposal as a business plan for your book. It explains your book's content, the need it fills and where it fits in the market. Further, it positions you, the author, as the most qualified person to write and promote the book.

Gbenga Yusuf and The Perfect Dance

A week to write, cast and rehearse a show was a big ask, but was it impossible? Not for a director who's been pitching for three years to secure the opportunity to produce a show. And not for a writer with a script in the wings that she was longing to push onto stage.

My Top Three Editing Disasters

I had a math teacher at school who used to say, "I'm a mathematician, not an arithmetician." She loved the logic of maths, but made errors in addition or multiplication. This is a bit like my style of editing. I love structural and line edits, but I can overlook details.

Natalie Muller, Publisher at Black Cockie Press

Ever wondered what it takes to become a publisher? Natalie Muller has done just that. An experienced teacher, she became increasingly drawn to the world of books. After completing a Master of Arts in writing, she published her own novel, Poisoning the Nest. Today, she runs Black Cockie Press and The Wild Goose literary e-magazine.

A Beginner’s Guide to Formatting a Manuscript

If you want to submit a manuscript to an agent, but don't understand the basics of formatting on Word, this post is for you. To avoid the telltale signs of an amateur – tabs or spaces to indent paragraphs, or returns in place of page breaks – read on for a step by step guide.