Mavis Road Cover1. One of the great things about being a writer is that you can diversity into so many different areas. If you are a skilled wordsmith, you can write fiction and non-fiction; short pieces, novels and scripts. I think I have tried everything apart from ghosting and scripts for film. Be aware of your own limitations. I’m hopeless at design and even worse with technology. I work on my strengths and recommend that so do you.
2. Novel writing is like attempting a long distance swim over a cold dark choppy sea. If I don’t have strict guidelines for my first four novels I would never have known how to do it. It also forced me to remember the power of plot. Without narrative drive, you end up with beautiful but meaningless words.
3. In a way the ebook has become both a life saver and a curse. Hazel Edwards and my ‘The Business of Writing for Young People’ might be out of hardcopy print, but it is on Hazel’s website to be bought and read. My ‘Mentoring Your Memoir’ is available as both hardcopy and on line. We are now able to take books that have been long out of print and upload them as ebooks.
I have done this to the first YA novel published under my own name. ‘Mavis Road Medley’ was originally put out by Margaret Hamilton in 1991 with a grant from the Australia Council. The first print run sold out, but then this small company was taken over by a larger company and the book sank into oblivion. Unfortunately, that’s what happens to lots of books. So the blessing of ebooks is the ability to revitalize some of our hardcopy in digital format. The curse is the flood of ebooks now appearing on line, many of which, dare I say, not worth the trouble of downloading much less reading.