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I woke up to a Twitterverse full of book industry talk. a) “All sorts of middle-class folks agree with the billionaire owners of sports teams that the millionaire players make too much money.” Good point, Sherman Alexie. Some interesting questions raised here about the effect of the current eReader gold …

BAD POWER giveaway

A bunch of BAD POWER review copies arrived today & in celebration I’m giving away a copy to the best answer to the question: “If you had a superpower, what would it be – and why?” Answers in the comments or via email deborahb AT livejournal DOT com. Competition open …

Book Business links

Here’s a quick round-up of some of the articles I’ve been reading on the whole ‘book industry’ future panic that’s going on. Mostly as a result of Amazon’s move into publishing. Which is the kind of smart capitalist move that makes a worldwide centralised marketplace so worrying. What’s Amazon worth, …

Blog: Finishing my first book for the AWWC2012

I’m cross-posting my first goodreads review for the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2012. I read Helen Garner’s THE SPARE ROOM in a couple of days, having left it on my ‘to read’ list for far too long. And, look, I admit up-front that I admired it more than I liked …

Blog: AWWC 2012, Item #1

Yesterday was Day One of the Australian Women Writers Challenge for 2012 – & the day I commenced with Helen Garner’s THE SPARE ROOM. I’ve been meaning to read this for a long while: I loved THE CHILDREN’S BACK in the eighties as a gritty & honest look at motherhood …

2012 Australian Women Writers Challenge

I’m taking the Australian Women Writers Challenge in 2012. Whatever your preference, whether you’re a fan of one genre or a devoted eclectic, the 2012 Australian Women Writers Book Reading & Reviewing Challenge invites you to celebrate a year encountering the best of Australian women’s writing. I’m a Dabbler (according …

Blog: the Goodreads giveaway

Man, I love giveaways – especially giveaways from Goodreads. My book, BAD POWER (which is now, apparently, a Real Book) is now available as a giveaway. Enter to win. And if you don’t win, you can still buy it direct from the publisher at Twelfth Planet Press. In other news, …

Blog: In my absence, much happened

I’m back! WFC was great, Peter Beagle was absolutely charming, & the Mexican food was exceptional – especially at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, where I was lucky enough to spend an evening with editor Danel Olson & some of the writers from TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY GOTHIC. AND bunch of stuff happened back …

Off to WFC, for me

Thanks for paying attention during the Burnout series. I enjoyed that so much I’m already devising questions for another Blog Briefs tour. That ‘one paragraph’ mandate made for some great reading – & inspired writing. Don’t yer love when a constraint becomes a creative coup? Tomorrow I travel back in …

Blog Briefs: On Burnout, the wrap party

Burnout happens when people who have previously been highly committed to a job lose all interest and motivation. [snip] It mainly strikes highly-committed, passionate, hard working and successful people – and it therefore holds a special fear for those who care passionately about their careers and about the work they do. …

Blog Briefs: On Burnout, with Steph Swainston

In which a bunch of authors & editors are invited to answer the question: How do you deal with creative exhaustion? This series was initially inspired by an article on author Steph Swainston’s willing exit from her two-book deal. Swainston didn’t pinpoint burnout as the reason for leaving her writing ‘day …

Blog Briefs: On Burnout, with Rob Hood

In which a bunch of authors & editors are invited to answer the question: How do you deal with creative exhaustion? Author Rob Hood once told me to aim for just one sentence a day. It’s often achievable even in the most desperate state, & it can lead to much more. …

Blog Briefs: On Burnout, with Chris Lawson

In which a bunch of authors & editors are invited to answer the question: How do you deal with creative exhaustion? Author Chris Lawson explains how his stories are so good (and rare): passion.   Creative exhaustion is my default mode. In recent years the only reliable way I have broken …

Blog Briefs: On Burnout, with Garth Nix

In which a bunch of authors & editors are invited to answer the question: How do you deal with creative exhaustion? In certain writing circles dedicated to professionalism & achievement, there’s a question we use to test ourselves. The question is ‘What would Garth do?’   When I have tapped out …

Blog Briefs: On Burnout, with Kaaron Warren

In which a bunch of authors & editors are invited to answer the question: How do you deal with creative exhaustion? Kaaron Warren is a powerhouse writer. Still, I find her solution to burnout extreme!   I rarely suffer from creative burnout, and I think the reason is because, with a …

Blog Briefs: On Burnout, with Hal Duncan

In which a bunch of authors & editors are invited to answer the question: How do you deal with creative exhaustion? My first World Fantasy Convention, Hal Duncan stood out as vivacious, charming & well, crazed. Thank god he hasn’t changed. A lot of the time the burnout I get is …