Why the first page of a manuscript is so important

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Unsurprisingly, first impressions are important when convincing publishers to take a chance on a manuscript. But there's a fine art to a good opening, and even the best story can be let down by a bad first page. Anna Valdinger, our Commercial Fiction Publisher, reads a lot of submission letters. So she knows a thing or two about what makes a manuscript stand out. We asked her to share a few top tips for writers to consider when submitting their work for The Banjo Prize. READ MORE

First Nations Fellowship

March 27, 2019 Uncategorized 0 Comments

  Commercial Fiction Fellowship for First Nations Writers Guidelines   Flinders University of South Australia, Harlequin— a division of HarperCollinsPublishers Australia — and Writers SA invite applications for a Commercial Fiction Fellowship for First Nations Writers. In recognition of the scarcity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices in Australian commercial fiction, this Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for a writer to work closely with a leading industry expert and a major publishing house to bring a commercial manuscript for a novel to publishable standard. Writers SA and Flinders University will offer additional mentorship and support. READ MORE

Why we all fell in love with Frances Liardet’s WWII novel

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February 28, 2019 Book Club 0 Comments

Spanning the sweep of the twentieth century, We Must Be Brave explores the fierce love that we feel for our children and the power of that love to endure. Beyond distance, beyond time, beyond life itself. It is a novel about courage and kindness, hardship and friendship – and the astonishing power of love. We thought we'd show you just how much the voracious readers at the HarperCollins Australia offices have been loving Frances Liardet's novel. READ MORE

Unconventional approaches to the challenges of 21st century parenting

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January 29, 2019 Guest Post 0 Comments

Jessica Dettman, blogger and author of the recently released How to Be Second Best, has had enough of parents suffocating under the weight of comparison. So, in the spirit of her debut novel, she's embracing the power of self-acceptance and letting herself and her family be ... happy. In this guest post, she gives you one remarkably simple way that parents can overcome the information overload that is parenting in the 21st century. READ MORE

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