Another HARDCOPY Win!

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Spring has sprung some surprises

Yikes!  I’m one of the ten writers chosen to progress to the next round of the HARDCOPY program.

That means in late November I go back to Canberra and the ACT Writers Centre to spend precious one-on-one time with agents and publishers, discussing the strengths and weaknesses of my manuscript.

As far as I know the publishers who have agreed to be involved include: Affirm Press; Allen & Unwin; Black Inc; Editia; Finlay Lloyd; Penguin Random House; and Scribe.  Australian literary agent Jacinta Dimase has also confirmed her involvement and Fiona Inglis from Curtis Brown has expressed her interest.

So no pressure then.

In the meantime (and in fact before next Tuesday) I have to revise my proposal.  Mary Cunnane thought my sample (the first 30 pages of the MS) was fine – OK, she might have said excellent – but advised me to tweak my proposal.  She also kindly provided some generic proposal writing guidelines to the chosen ten writers.  Essentially a good proposal might contain most or all of the following sub-headings:

  • Synopsis
  • Overview
  • Why this book
  • Specifics
  • Author Sheet
  • The Audience
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Table of Contents
  • Outline
  • Introduction, Preface or Forward
  • Sample Chapters
  • Writing Samples, Quotes and Press

Nearly all of my HARDCOPY colleagues have stayed in touch online and via email and the reactions of those who were not selected has been extraordinarily generous and supportive.  One of the best things to come out of this program has been the collegiality and the friendships.  It feels like the beginning of something lasting.

As Mary Cunnane noted in  her feedback to us all:

To say that nothing is certain in publishing is an understatement, including the fact that it may well be that some projects that did not make it into the final round will go on to achieve commercial and critical success if their authors don’t halt their efforts at this stage. That is the nature of the publishing business we are all in. I congratulate all twenty-one HARDCOPY participants on their efforts and urge all – including the finalists – to live by the motto ‘Persistence pays’.

Wish me luck!


I’ve written before about the HARDCOPY program:

The ACT Writers Centre is supported by the ACT Government.  HARDCOPY has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

2018-03-21T14:55:35+00:00 October 8th, 2015|Work in Progress, Writing|0 Comments

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  1. Euan October 8, 2015 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    Great news, Michelle. Go well!

  2. wadholloway October 8, 2015 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    Well done. Again! You realise there will have to be a further Hardcopy after this one – The Artist as Performer for all those ABC interviews and writers festivals you’ll have to speak at.

    • Michelle Scott Tucker October 9, 2015 at 11:30 am - Reply

      Thanks! And no, the next Hardcopy round should be: just sit down and finish the damn thing….

  3. Warren Ward October 8, 2015 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    Congrats Michelle. Hope preparations going well:)

    • Michelle Scott Tucker October 9, 2015 at 11:31 am - Reply

      Thanks Warren – and congratulations right back at you. Preparations – hmm, I love the smell of deadlines in the morning.

  4. elimprecht October 8, 2015 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    That’s excellent news and well deserved I’m sure. Can’t wait to hear where this takes you. x

    • Michelle Scott Tucker October 9, 2015 at 11:33 am - Reply

      Thanks Eleanor. Whatever the outcomes, I think it will take me straight back to my desk for more work and rework. All good!

  5. Gail Rehbein October 12, 2015 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Congratulations Michelle! This is a wonderful opportunity to polish your work even further and present it to the publishers – my best wishes travel to you.

    • Michelle Scott Tucker October 12, 2015 at 9:33 am - Reply

      Traveling by bike, I hope! Thanks Gail, that’s very kind. I’m really enjoying your blog, by the way, so no doubt we’ll stay in touch.

      • Gail Rehbein October 12, 2015 at 9:40 am - Reply

        Haha! Thanks Michelle. Yes we will, I’m sure 🙂

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  7. whisperinggums December 18, 2015 at 5:08 am - Reply

    Dearie me, here I’ve been wondering all along whether you’d got into the third round and now I find it was here on your blog all along and I’d missed it in my in-box. My excuse is that the day you posted this was the day we flew to Tasmania for 18 days, half of which was spent with my brother and family. And then, four days after our return, on 30 October, my aunt died. So, my reading of blogs since early October has been very patchy.

    Anyhow, I just wanted to say how thrilled I am for you. A great achievement and well-deserved, as you’ve worked and thought hard I know.

    Good luck …

    • Michelle Scott Tucker December 18, 2015 at 9:43 am - Reply

      Thank you WG, I really appreciate your good wishes. And absolutely no excuses or apologies required – real life should always be our real focus, after all!

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