‘Humour is a brilliant tool for a writer. It has the power to draw the reader in and soften the blow. It’s subversive.’
This month’s Spotlight On features Barrie Seppings, debut author of ShelfLife, a ‘fast, fun, slick’ satire of start-up culture and digital nomads.
‘One of my aims with this biography was to present Caroline as not just a figure from a bygone age but as a flesh and blood woman, someone that the reader could identify with and who was still relevant 150 years later.’
‘We celebrate and commiserate together, attend festivals and each other’s launches, and we have an awesome Christmas dinner at the pub. But most importantly, we are a family.’
This month we interview feature Sheila Ngoc Pham, accomplished creative non-fiction writer and 2015 CAL WestWords Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Fellow.
‘You are in the business of writing and selling books, and to do that you have to promote and advertise. You have to develop a loyal readership that will come back for more – which is why most successful indies write in series.’
‘Attend as many literary events that focus on your genre as you possibly can. Read, read, read. And if you’re serious, dedicate yourself to your writing like you would to running any other type of business.’
‘The thing is, with writing non-fiction, there’s going to be a lot of research. And if it’s bad research, it’s hard to supplement it with good writing. And readers are going to know.’
‘No man is an island. Most, if not all, writers need to receive regular feedback during a writing project. This may be from a group of other emerging writers or someone with greater experience.’