Blogging your book

Some authors wait until they have finished their manuscript before editing. However, Julieann, one of our emerging writers, is working her way through her book with regular sessions. Each week she meets with SSOA Editor, Maria Issaris, and together they edit and discuss the sections that have been written. …
Tom Keneally back on deck

Tom Keneally back on deck

I had the great pleasure today to talk with novelist, Tom Keneally, on his first walk solo after a major operation he had over two months ago. He was out walking alone? Yes, the conversation was by phone - and he sounded so strong! It was the same old Tom - down-to-earth, loquacious, looking on the positive, full of bonhomie, outward-looking - even telling me to take care of myself (as he must say to most people he meets). …
5 tips for writing audiobooks

5 tips for writing audiobooks

Audiobooks have been described as a ‘rising star’ of the publishing industry. They’re seeing vast growth year-on-year, as people use mobiles and eBook readers to access them. There are many ways to create an audiobook. Text-to-speech technology converts eBooks to audiobooks on the fly, often with high quality, human-like speech. Or you …

SSOA: our raison d’être

SSOA: our raison d’être

As Director of SSOA, I was recently involved in a series of interviews with leaders of creative enterprises in Sydney, taking the opportunity to describe what we’re really focussed on here in offering expertise and mentoring for our core public activities – weekly writing meetups, leading to global publication for those authors who stick to the task. …
Indigenous Literacy Day September 5

Indigenous Literacy Day September 5

Indigenous Literacy Day this Wednesday September 5 - and we want to encourage you to help in whatever capacity you can. The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is a not-for-profit charity which respects the unique place of Australia's first people and draws on the expertise of the Australian book industry. There are a number of ways you can help: Donate - Fundraise - Partner - Volunteer - Bequest - or get involved in the Great Book Swap for a gold coin donation. …
World Clean Up Day September

World Clean Up Day September

HARRY JENSEN CENTRE NEWS WORLD CLEAN UP DAY September 15  is when local becomes global. In other words, what each individual does on that day and every day can contribute to a cleaner world. At a local level, a Millers Point resident, Jaz Stephens, this week gave a talk to a few dozen residents at the Harry Jensen Centre about her fundraising and consciousness-raising trip around Australia. …