Book review

Holly’s Hell: Seven years in a Thai prison by Holly Deane-Jones “Even as a kid, I knew our family was different from most other families, because my mum ran three escort agencies out of our house.” This may give you a clue that Perth kid Holly Deane-Johns was destined for a life unlike most of … Continue reading Book review

A short insider’s guide to the Blue Mountains Bookshop Trail

The Blue Mountains west of Sydney is more than just hiking and hippies. This dramatic world heritage listed playground is home to the Blue Mountains Bookshop Trail – the perfect way to spend a day or two exploring the region’s lesser-known pleasures. A couple of weeks ago, Jessica Mudditt of Hembury Books and I did … Continue reading A short insider’s guide to the Blue Mountains Bookshop Trail

Self-publishers: How to get your cover design right and stand out on the shelves

If you’re self-publishing your fiction or nonfiction book, it’s critical to get your cover design right so that your book stands out on bookshop shelves and websites. It’s going to be competing with thousands of other titles, all vying for would-be readers’ attention. So how do you make sure your book is seen by your … Continue reading Self-publishers: How to get your cover design right and stand out on the shelves

More tricky words and how to use them in your writing

Ever since I wrote about commonly misused words, I’ve been seeing tricky words misused everywhere!  Here are my additions to the original list. Some of these tricky words were suggested to me and others have cropped up in a range of newspapers, online news sites, newsletters and social media. Many of these pairs of words … Continue reading More tricky words and how to use them in your writing