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by Dr Dallas John Baker   The debate around what constitutes a professional author has been going on for a long time but has heated up considerably since the self-publishing boom of the last decade or so. Recent figures from the 2017 Author Earnings Report show that Self-published books make up a quarter to a third of all eBook sales in the USA, UK, Australia and Canada. In the pages of journals and newspapers, in blogs and online forums, in book clubs and on writers’ festival pub crawls, the debate rages. The question has become quite divisive, especially among writersRead More
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  Field of Words Director, Eileen Herbert-Goodall, was fortunate enough to recently catch up with acclaimed author Nick Earls at a little café in Brisbane suburbia…here’s a transcript of their conversation where Nick spoke about the changing nature of reading, writing and publishing, along with his soft spot for the novella form.     E – Hi Nick, Thanks for agreeing to meet. Given our mutual interest in the novella, I was hoping we could discuss its apparent resurgence (amongst other things). But first, I’ve been reading some articles lately claiming that e-books and associated sales are on the decline…whatRead More
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Interview With a Memoirist

Posted on July 21, 2017
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  Recently Field of Words Director, Eileen Herbert-Goodall, had the pleasure of bouncing around a few ideas with award-winning author and memoir  mentor, Patti Miller. Here’s a transcript of their discussion… E – Thank you for allowing me to interview you, Patti…no doubt many Field of Words followers will be keen to read about your thoughts and impressions regarding the writing process. You’re known as a ‘real-life’ author and teacher. Do you also write fiction? P – I  am mainly a memoirist and narrative non-fiction writer, but I have also written fiction – a novel, ‘Child’, published by Allen & Unwin inRead More
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by Shastra Deo   What is the difference between poetry and prose writing? I’ll try to write my way to an answer. For me, writing—all writing—has always been about rhythm: the mind replaying a persistent tune, heart caught up in the palpitations. And finding the words to make sense of it all. I’m not alone in this. Short story writer Amy Hempel talked about the potential of musicality in a sentence, of starting a story knowing. Pic by Marawan Musilem “the beat, the rhythm of the first line or first paragraph, but without knowing what the words are. I’ll beRead More
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A Second Guest Post by Children’s Author Megan Higginson   In my last post The Number One Myth About Writing for Children. Busted! we established that writing a children’s picture book appears to be easy. But, writing a good children’s picture book takes hard work and dedication to perfect the craft. I have been told that it gets easier. I have yet to arrive at that point. What are some other elements that you need to consider? You will need to think carefully about your audience, your language choice, and story content. Who’s your audience? Kids! Right? Well, you’re partiallyRead More
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A Guest Post by Children’s Author Megan Higginson   Picture books are easy to write. Right! Publishers are inundated by picture book manuscripts. Why? Because many believe that picture books are easy to write, and crafting one often entails something like the scenario: ‘Hey, Megan. Guess what? I had an idea for a children’s book while reading to my kids Friday night.’ ‘That’s fantastic!’ ‘Yep! I slaved over it all weekend and sent it to a bunch of publishers this morning.’ This is said while rubbing their hands together with a look of glee. ‘I can’t wait. They’ll be knockingRead More
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How to Self-Publish and Sell Books

Posted on January 20, 2017
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A Guest Post by Christopher Fielden   The internet has changed the publishing industry immeasurably over the last few years. Self-publishing used to be a costly process. Now, an author can self-publish their books and distribute them using platforms like CreateSpace, Lulu, Amazon, iTunes, Kobo etc., with little or no upfront costs. While self-publishing has become a lot easier, generating sales has not – it requires a lot of work. In this post, I’ll talk about my experiences with self-publishing books and selling them. What You Will Learn In this post you will learn about: The advantages and disadvantages ofRead More
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Show, Don’t Tell…

Posted on January 10, 2017
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  I’d like to begin this post by sharing the following quote: There are three areas in which the writer is particularly vulnerable to telling rather than showing:when he tells what happened before the story began;when he tells what a character looks like; and when he tells what a character senses…what he sees, hears, smells, touches, and tastes. ~ Sol Stein Apt advice indeed; but what does it actually mean to ‘show’ rather than ‘tell’ within your writing? In this post, I intend to attempt to answer this question – albeit  briefly – and provide some tips as to howRead More
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  Hello Dear Readers, The last time we got together, I had a bit of a soppy, whiny, whinge about rejection, and as good as that felt – for me, and for some of you apparently – I can’t revisit that space again because, well, I’ve had a story picked up for publication. Happy days! Such are the peaks and troughs of the writer’s existence (or to borrow from Mary Poppins, such is the spoonful of sugar that helps the rejection go down). But, there is another balm on my horizon that has eased my angst: a fast-approaching jaunt toRead More
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Copyright Fundamentals

Posted on August 19, 2016
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  When training or presenting in the field of creative writing, I’m often asked about copyright: my first response is to inform people that I’m not a solicitor and therefore not qualified to give professional advice on the issue. That being said (and, yep, it counts as my disclaimer), I can share some general information about copyright law as it exists in Australia. What is copyright? Simply put, copyright is a legally binding system that gives you ownership over the creative content that you produce; it covers the work of your mind and knowledge, otherwise known as your intellectual property.Read More