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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.

Bob Romanes, Teacher A1 Mine Settlement

The year was 1955, and fresh out of Ballarat teachers college, Bob Romanes was assigned to the A1 Mine Settlement School, south of Mansfield, near Woods Point. Join me for a glimpse into this unique slice of history as he talks about about death, theft and depression.

Flash Fiction – Stripping the Words Bare, Part 3

Today, I post the final 10 of my entries in Writers Victoria flash fiction competition, which they ran to celebrate their 30th anniversary. For 30 days they posted a prompt at 8:00 am and we had until midnight to write a 30 words response. I was lucky enough to win April 7 for the prompt Saltwater. … Continue reading Flash Fiction – Stripping the Words Bare, Part 3

Kelli Virtanen, Mansfield Mother, Wellness Coach, Author

New Zealander Kelli Virtanen, or Kelli Vee as she is known professionally, moved to Mansfield 20 years ago and has been here ever since. In that time, besides riding the highs and lows of parenting, she has studied extensively in the wellness field and established an international business. If you have ever wondered what a healer does and how she spends her days, read on …