New Edition

Ooooh! Look what was just delivered to my place - a beautiful new edition of Elizabeth Macarthur. Just quietly, I think I like this cover better. I fear the previous one was in danger of being dismissed as 'a woman's book'.  That's not a joke.  I took my daughter into a bookshop recently, one of a large commercial chain.  In an effort to embarrass her even more than usual, I took her hunting for a copy of my book.  There it was on the Biography shelf.  Nice. Then we went [...]

2019-03-01T21:11:16+10:00 March 1st, 2019|Elizabeth Macarthur|5 Comments

Straight from the horse’s mouth

Spent publication day (April 2) just horsing around. But that said, the horse did say he enjoyed the book. And, now that the book is out in the world, I can only hope that others are buying and reading it too. Plenty of signed copies at Readings Carlton, thanks for asking. My family keep asking me if I know how many copies have been sold yet, or if I've had any feedback. But (with the exception of two very kind online reviews so far, thanks Lisa and Bill) it's kind [...]

2018-04-03T14:08:41+10:00 April 3rd, 2018|Writing|0 Comments

Drafting a Blurb – the craft of catching a reader

Once I started thinking about blurbs, it became clear how little I rely on them these days. I usually choose books to read because I've already read or heard about them - on blogs, in reviews, in articles, on podcasts. It's rare for me to pick up a random book, read the blurb on the back and buy it. Even at the library, whether or not a book takes my fancy seems to very much depend on my mood at exactly that point in time. But that said, when I [...]

2018-03-25T00:51:28+10:00 September 23rd, 2017|Work in Progress, Writing|15 Comments