• Telling Your Story

    Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2018

    Selamat siang! Good afternoon from Ubud. It’s takes a few days to acclimatise to Bali after arriving from Melbourne. The heat, humidity and hustle ambushed me the moment I stepped off the plane. The only way to deal with it is to go with the flow. For years I’ve been looking longingly at the Ubud Writers Festival program, telling myself that one day I’ll go. As with many things that have happened for me this year, the universe conspired and here I am. As a way of really immersing myself, I put my name down as a volunteer. The festival, now in its fifteenth year, opened with a prayer to…

  • Book marketing,  Work in progress

    Event Review – Breaking the Code: from published to best-selling author

    Last weekend, Les Zig and I were part of this two-day festival held at the Belgian Beer Café at Southbank in Melbourne. The venue was very apt for writerly activity and the program was jam-packed with great topics for anyone wanting to learn about writing and publishing. Best-selling author is the thing we are all chasing. Or is it? Simply being published could be what many authors would be happy with and that was the topic of many of the discussions at Breaking the Code last weekend. The brain-child of Mat Clarke and Suraya Dewing, Breaking the Code was a mammoth task. It’s hard to pull off a program like…