And the winner is…

And the winner is…

August 22, 2016

The winner of my newsletter giveaway is Amanda Paul, who has been contacted by email, and whose name was chosen at random as per T&Cs for the competition. Thanks to the hundreds of subscribers who entered the giveaway – and thanks for subscribing to my newsletter! Not a subscriber? Sign up here!

The End for this edition of #writeabookwithal
THE END #writeabookwithal

You may remember that, back on 1 June, I began a new manuscript and invited you all to join me. Today, I reached The End of that manuscript, which, as I’ve talked about before, is both the best and the worst feeling in the world. THE END. Can we all just take a moment to […]

Industry Insider: From spark to finished work
INDUSTRY INSIDER- from idea to novel

I’ve talked before about where ideas come from and how we sometimes ignore our best ideas. Today’s Industry Insider is someone who recognised the spark of a great idea and then never let it go, even as she wrote other things. Dianne Wolfer is the author of 15 books for teenagers and younger readers, including a new junior […]

The Mapmaker Chronicles: landing in the US, June 2017.

I’m excited to announce that The Mapmaker Chronicles series is off to the USA, to be launched in June 2017 by Kane Miller Books. As an author it’s a real thrill to have your books picked up in other territories, and the US is a dream come true. I’ll bring you more details as they […]

How to be Quinn (The Mapmaker Chronicles) for Book Week
Book Week Quinn Ash The Mapmaker Chronicles

It’s that time of year again, when parents the nation over are scouring the dress up box for inspiration for Book Week characters. Or, if they’re very clever, making something special. But I have no experience whatsoever with that end of the Book Week Costume spectrum. Instead, I’ve always been a fan of cloaks, particularly […]

WIN: The Mapmaker Chronicles series (signed) + leather notebook

To celebrate some HUGE news that I’ll be announcing in my next newsletter (Monday 15 August), I’m giving away a signed set of The Mapmaker Chronicles series, and a beautiful red leather notebook (tied up with string). That’s one signed copy of each of the three books PLUS the notebook for one lucky winner! The prize […]

What happens next?
Two important questions for writers to ask themselves

What happens next?

August 2, 2016

On Sunday night, I finished the structural edit on book #4 in The Mapmaker Chronicles series, let out a very quiet ‘woo hoo’ (it was 11.15pm so it was very, very quiet) and then pressed send to forward it to my editor at Hachette Australia. Exhaling, my thoughts immediately turned to what happens next. When […]

3 tips for surviving a structural edit

I remember the first time I received the structural edit notes on a novel from an editor: I cried. I had edited the manuscript myself. Of course I had. Two or three times. But nothing prepares you for that feedback from a professional, who might say one or more of the following: • You’ve started in […]

STRUGGLING TO FIND TIME TO WRITE YOUR NOVEL- This step-by-step guide is for you.

I know things have been a bit quiet around these parts of late and I blame the writing. The writing of the new manuscript (closing in on 40,000 words if you’re following the #writeabookwithal challenge), the editing of book #4 of The Mapmaker Chronicles series, and, well, a little something else I’ve been working on. […]