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Retreat!

Ah, tomorrow I go on a writing retreat to lovely Bribie Island with The Edge Writers Group – this is my first time to be invited along to this gig and I am very much looking forward to it.

Not least because there is a cook who is not me, there is sleeping in, writing, Jamesons, a beach (although I am not in favour of sand, I quite like looking at the beach),  friends, and a pool. And quiet. Lots of quiet.

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Jodi De Vantier (QWC's Uber Editor of WQ); Hinemoana Baker (Arts Qld's Poet in Residence)

Jodi De Vantier (QWC's Uber Editor of WQ); Hinemoana Baker (Arts Qld's Poet in Residence)

Awesome Meg Vann (QWC's AWMonline Coordinator); Norb Vonnegut (Author and BWF guest)
Awesome Meg Vann (QWC’s AWMonline Coordinator); Norb Vonnegut (Author and BWF guest)
QWC CEO and Fearless Peerless Leader
QWC CEO and Fearless Peerless Leader

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, this here blog  isn’t a work-related blog and the opinions aired on it have nothing to do with my day job. Having said that, this is part of my job that I love: when we get to do stuff that gives concrete help to new and emerging writers. That’s the whole point of the new Industry IQ suite of courses QWC is offering next year – and started offering this year with the Promoting Yourself Online series, and the Networking for Writers event.

I love that we get to help writers learn about the business side of things – a lot of people don’t realise that finishing the writing part of the book isn’t, alas, the end of the process. And, of course, we get to launch these things with cocktail parties with the likes of Linda Jaivin, Jeff Lindsay, Katherine Battersby, Tobsha Learner, Jason Nahrung, Sophie Hamley, Brendan Fredericks, Craig Munro, Norb Vonnegut, Jack Heath, et al.

And below are some more pics – almost all of the amazing women with whom I work – except for the superb Lisette Ogg, our Communications and Publicity Human, who was in the Alice volunteering with the Institute of Aboriginal Development Press, a placement through Indigenous Community Volunteers.

 

Julie Beveridge (Woman of Many Hats - QWC's Program Coordinator and QWF Director); Robin Sheahan-Bright (Qld Editing Legend); Graham Nunn (Poet, Publisher, Nicest Man in the World); Beth Flatley (QWC GM)

Julie Beveridge (Woman of Many Hats - QWC's Marketing & Program Coordinator and QPF Director); Robin Sheahan-Bright (Qld Editing Legend); Graham Nunn (Poet, Publisher, Nicest Man in the World); Beth Flatley (QWC GM)

Julia Spear (BWF); Samanatha Littley (QWC's amazing Admin Assistant who knows where everything is, all the time)

Julia Spear (BWF); Samanatha Littley (QWC's amazing Admin Assistant who knows where everything is, all the time)

Beth Flatley (QWC General Manager Extraordinaire); Angela Slatter (Force for Chaotic Evil); Ron Serdiuk (Pulp Fiction Books and Press); Brendan Fredericks (Orion Publicist)

Beth Flatley (QWC General Manager Extraordinaire); Angela Slatter (Force for Chaotic Evil); Ron Serdiuk (Pulp Fiction Books and Press); Brendan Fredericks (Orion Publicist)

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Over the next couple of months, QWC is running a blog tour – asking Queensland authors about their writing, process, and their stance on the future of the book.

Lovely Katherine Battersby takes her turn and blogs over here at The Well Read Rabbit http://wellreadrabbit.wordpress.com/2009/09/29/a-sentimental-moment/

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The lovely and talented Lisa Hannett’s story The Good Window is currently appearing at Fantasy Magazine … this was one of the products of our Clarion South sojourn and rightly deserves its place in the sun!

The tape measure recoiled into its pocket-sized case with a satisfying snap. Ned smiled, wiped flecks of nail polish from the tape’s metal tip, and slid it back into her knapsack. Today had been a long time coming. Too long.

Her toenails had lengthened more than 3mm since the last good window day. They had nearly grown bare in the dark interim, leaving the slightest crescent of colour on the tips of her toes. Cerulean blue, speckled with white polka dots. She celebrated the good days with brilliant toenail polish—but until today, the view hadn’t been worth the paint.

Not more than an hour earlier, a wedge of geese had flown past her window. What a sight! Now Ned was dying to get at her collection of nail varnishes. She’d packed a few bottles in her knapsack—they nestled at the bottom like bubbles of promised pleasure, beside her tape measure and a fossilised rain shower (over 250 million years old!)—but Tantie would kill her if she stopped to repaint her nails now.

Read the rest here http://www.darkfantasy.org/fantasy/2009/09/the-good-window/

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The lovely folks at the Aurealis Awards want everyone to remember that it’s almost closing time for Aurealis nominations for this year.

Below is a message from the Coordinator, Ron Serdiuk. Go to the website, check the guidelines and follow them to the letter (they are very fullsome guidelines and should answer all your questions – and if someone’s gone to the trouble of writing them, then the least you can do is go to the trouble of reading them and being informed).  Consider carefully which category your story might belong in (i.e. don’t go doing scattergun nominations in every single category in the wild hope you’ll win *something* – because, hell, you (or your publisher) have got to provide copies for each judge in every category you nominate in). Anyway, read the guidelines – you know how I feel about the importance of guidelines. Now, where was I? Oh yes, message below:

Hi everyone –

This is just a quick email to remind you that we have only just over a month to go before entries close in the Aurealis Awards 2009 process.

To be eligible for entry, works must have been written by an Australian citizen or permanent resident and first published in English between 1st November 2008 and 31st October 2009.

Go to our website for further information – www.aurealisawards.com

Or you can go straight to our online entry form – http://www.aurealisawards.com/form.php/aurealis/begin

While all works are given fair and equal consideration, it’s in your own best interests to enter – ASAP!

Our judges appreciate the time to give each work as thoughtful and considered a response as possible rather than being deluged at the last moment. And contrary to urban myth, entries received near our closing deadline will not be “fresher” in the minds of our judges and therefore, not be likely to place higher.

We encourage entries from as far and wide as possible – so please help us by spreading the word!

Regards

Ron Serdiuk
Aurealis Awards Coordinator 2009

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A very good book for a very good cause: promoting literacy.

Team VanderMeer have put together this anthology for ProLiteracy. So, you get to help out (thus increasing your karma-credits) and you get a fantastic read – look at those writers, look at those names! Nothing wrong with any of this.

What Is Last Drink Bird Head?

That’s the catalyst editors Ann and Jeff VanderMeer provided to over 80 writers in creating this unique anthology. The result? Last Drink Bird Head is a blues musician, a performance artist, a type of alcohol, a town in Texas, and even a song sung by girl scouts in Antarctica. Contributors include Peter Straub, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Brian Evenson, Henry Kaiser, Gene Wolfe, Hal Duncan, Jeffrey Ford, Rikki Ducornet, Holly Phillips, Stephen R. Donaldson, K.J. Bishop, Michael Swanwick, Ellen Kushner, Daniel Abraham, Jay Lake, Liz Williams, Tanith Lee, Sarah Monette, Conrad Williams, and Marly Youmans. (See the ordering page for a full list of contributors.)

Available for pre-order here http://www.jeffvandermeer.com/2009/09/24/last-drink-bird-head-for-charity-party-pre-orders-awards-and-more/

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Robert Shearman’s new collection of short stories is almost here! Squeeeee!

If you read and loved Tiny Deaths (which you did, you know you did), then Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical will make you even happier. I had the good fortune to read an early draft of the collection and can highly recommend it. Tiny Deaths won a World Fantasy Award … I see no reason why this next one shouldn’t follow in its sibling’s footsteps (but no pressure).

The first love song in the world, as composed by a pig in the Garden of Eden…

The Devil, alarmed when his hobby of writing romantic fiction begins to upstage his day job…

Sometimes poignant, sometimes cruel – but always as startling and fresh as Shearman’s fans have come to expect.

Pre-order here http://www.bigfinish.com/ranges/love-songs-for-the-shy-and-cynical

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