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Currently reading the second book in the Age of X series, The Immortal Crown and LOVING it!! Richelle Mead is one of my favourite authors, hands down. Vampire Academy, Bloodlines, Georgina Kincaid and now this! She can do no wrong!!
Summerlandish - by Summer Land.
This has to be one of the funniest, best, most heart-warming and also cringe-inducing books I have ever read. (Cringe-inducing from the injury she sustained jumping off a cliff into water with her legs open…!)
I read this in one sitting and actually laughed out loud multiple times, as well as grinning like an idiot and occasionally cringing and crossing my legs as she discussed her many mishaps in explicit detail.
I met Summer last month while I was in her small-group ‘path to publication’ workshop at the Sydney Writer’s Festival. She was so enthusiastic and engaging in person that I was convinced I immediately needed to read her book (and promptly ordered it using my phone while still sitting in her workshop. Nothing like the immediacy of the internet to indulge my wishes and whims.)
I would recommend this book to all of my friends and am secretly (not so secret now) in awe of Summer and all the incredible, crazy, impressive and sometimes insane things that she has done.
Also slightly (very) jealous of her name and the fact that she has been able to make it into a personalised catchphrase - that’s so Summerlandish. Somehow that’s so Madeleinejohnsish just does not have the same ring to it.
If you’re looking for something brutally honest and incredibly funny go and buy Summerlandish.
I need to avoid all internet until I’ve read City of Heavenly Fire!!! Need to avoid any spoilers until I’ve finished it! Eeee so excited it’s finally published :-) been waiting for so long for this final book! Jace and Clary
Great advice and insight in this article! Hard not to take any form of criticism badly and let it hurt your ego. Will try remember this article in future ;-)
The third event I attended at the Sydney Writers’ Festival was run by The NSW Writers’ Centre and was called Forest for the Trees - Writing and Publishing in 2014.
This was an all-day seminar with multiple panels throughout the day made up of publishers, editors, book-buyers, authors, marketing directors, and industry insiders.
It was an amazing insight into the mysterious, almost-secretive world of publishing. Every writers’ dream is to make their way into the publishing industry and any information that can be shared from the very people who are choosing between manuscripts is jumped upon.
I really enjoyed this day and heard many different insights into the industry as the range of speakers all had different points of view and positions to play within the publishing world.
Some of the speakers included:
Michael Rowbothom (author)
Eimear McBride (author)
Kelly Fagan (Publicity, Harper Collins)
Louise Sherwin-Stark (Sales, Hachette)
Mark Harding (Digital, Momentum)
Helene Byfield (Book-buyer, Kinokuniya)
David Winter (Editor, Text Publishing)
Robert Watkins (Editor, Hachette)
It was inspiring, yet daunting, to hear how many people are submitting manuscripts within Australia and how many manuscripts publishers accept.
The three events at the festival were very interesting and I’ll definitely be back for other festivals and events.
The second event I attended at the Sydney Writers’ Festival was a talk by Camilla Lackberg, the amazing crime thriller author from Sweden, and Michael Robothom, also a wonderful crime writer, who is from Australia.
The event was an inspiration. It was a touching, heart-warming, hilarious talk by Camilla and Michael.
It covered everything from how they started writing, how they got themselves published, to how many ex-husbands Camilla has (2 if you’re interested!) and how much writing has taken over their lives and how their characters are some of their best friends and are very real people.
Both Camilla and Michael were brilliant speakers who are clearly so passionate about their chosen subject of crime writing.
(I was also very happy to find out that Camilla is also a crazy cat lady like myself!)