Writing Novels in Australia

What’s one of the fastest ways to kill your enthusiasm for your work? Stress about things outside your control.

You can’t control whether the publishing industry or reading public is going to prefer novels about vampires attempting to settle into a small country town or post-apocalyptic zombie romantic comedies. You can’t control whether the agent you have your eye on has just signed someone who writes in your genre. You can’t control the pricing structure of the Big W book department (though many people already in the industry would love to do so).

If you’re writing with an eye to getting published, and I’ll assume for the sake of this post that you are, you will no doubt worry about the commercial aspect of your book. This is natural. A beautifully written manuscript is only good to a publisher if they think they can sell enough copies of it to…

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