Normally these pages are dedicated to the many aspiring writers who have come to my workshops or joined my 12 Chapters in 12 Months programme. Now I’m walking the talk and announcing that my new novel ‘The French Perfumer’ is being released by Penguin Books in early 2017 which I am extremely thrilled about.
Early in 2015 I went to London and the South of France on a research trip. I rented an apartment in Antibes for a month and then went to London had a wonderful time talking to perfume experts. This pic was taken at Roja Parfums which is located in the exclusive top level of Harrods – oh la la! You can read my research journal for the trip HERE
MEMOIR MADE SIMPLE
NSW Writers’ Centre, Rozelle.
6 week workshop starts Sunday March 5th 2017 – 10am to 1pm
It is always a thrill for me to receive a book by one of my students or mentorees and this one is super special. Anne joined my 12in12 Programme a couple of years ago to write a novel she had been dreaming about for some time; a romantic fable set in the distant past.
Not having met her, I hadn’t speculated about her age, so when she was struggling with a particular aspect of the writing and losing heart, she finally revealed that she was 87 years old – I was blown away. She had kept this quiet intentionally because she didn’t want any concessions made for her age.
So, without special concessions, she took all feedback on board and completed her delightful tale now published by Xlibris.
Find out more HERE
Thought it was about time I made a record of the growing family of books published by my students over the past few years. This isn’t the full collection as some were published via Amazon and went straight to e-book. There are also a number of other completed manuscripts currently seeking publishers.
All of these books (apart from Greg’s thriller ‘The Swap’) were completed with the help of my 12 Chapter in 12 Months programme. And all of them have been self-published.
Self-publishing has never been easier and it’s getting cheaper and more simple every year. There was once a stigma around self-publishing – last century it was called vanity publishing but that has all changed. [click to continue…]
Frank Jordan attended my workshop at the NSW Writers’ Centre in 2011 and signed up to my 12 Chapters in 12 Months programme the next year to complete his novel. Somewhere down the track on that project, he realised that he could also utilise the mentoring process to get the collection of short stories he’d been working on to the next level of revision – and now here it is!
I thoroughly enjoyed working with him on these stories which are inspired by his travels around Australia as a grey nomad. Frank is a terrific story-teller with a dry sense of humour and the 18 stories in his book are well told in the tradition of the great Australian yarn.
The outback is a foreign country to most of us city dwellers. ‘Mostly Bulldust’ drops the reader right into the back of beyond and introduces us to the diverse characters and tall-tales of that ‘other’ Australia.
Congratulations to Frank for getting to the end of this difficult journey!