Dearest readers, I am, like many of you, currently wrapped in the frosty, unforgiving grips of Nanowrimo. I have become a shadow of my former self. I succumb to sleep as dawn approaches. I hiss at friend and foe and pizza delivery man alike. I am, most assuredly I am, overusing the word ‘assuredly’ in my novel. Thusly! Here are a few places you and I can submit our novels once they are finished.
Harper Collins accepts manuscripts every Wednesday.
Allen and Unwin prefer a Friday pitch. Now open to children’s and young adult fiction.
In case you have assuredly forgotten, Seizure is accepting submissions for Viva La Novella until 2 December.
Certain forgotten places
I feel I’ve been neglecting certain places and the writers who reside there, so here are some links for those of you in Tasmania, The Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia and Canberra. Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland: get the heck out of here before I get the hose.
Land of my criminal forebears! For Tasmanian writers, a poetry workshop for women will be held on Monday 17 November. The workshop will explore ‘Poetry as Memoir’, participants are asked to bring a photograph or object connected to a memory of a person, as well as a favourite poem.
On Wednesday 19 November, Michael Robotham will be speaking about his career as an investigative journalist, ghost writer and his latest novel, Life or Death at the Salamanca Arts Centre. Details here. For the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre's full calendar, click here.
NT writers looking for support should check out Northern Territory Writers’ Centre’s list of local writers groups.
South Australians! Quick & Dirty will be held on Thursday 20 November at the SA Writers Centre, featuring readings by members of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Program. Readings are held once a month with a different theme, all under 15 minutes long. This month features Matthew Hein, Stephanie Russell, Edoardo Crismani and Shane Devine. Register here.
WA writers, here is a list of writers groups over at Writing WA’s FAQ. (Question 2, I want to find a group).
For ACT writers, Writing on the Body with Sarah St Vincent Welch will be held tomorrow, 12-5pm at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, in conjunction with the exhibit Pulse: Reflections on the body. The workshop will include writing exercises and games, and will help participants to develop and sense of ‘the body’ in their writing.
On 22 November, Tania McCartney will be holding a workshop for those hoping to publish a picture book. The event will be held in the ACT Writers' Centre workshop room, details for both events can be found here. Ongoing workshops at the ACT Writers' Centre are also available.
The remains of the day
We are all missing out on the Dublin Book Festival, but there is no reason why we shouldn’t read the interviews with authors which are available on their blog.
Here is a collection of pictures of typewriters at The Guardian which are mostly not of Tom Hanks. Add yours here.
Over this way is a list of 50 books with authors as characters, from Flavorwire. When you are dead and gone, will someone turn you into a detective with a more interesting love life than you are currently pretending to have? Poor Jane Austen.
For distraction free writing, consider the ‘Hemingwrite’, a digital typewriter which will keep you away from social media and that distant relative who keeps commenting on your photographs.
Audible, otherwise known as that ad you keep hearing on your favourite podcast, is coming to Australia, so you will soon be able to listen to books in an Australian accent other than your own.
If you have already published at least one full-length novel (not self-published), you are eligible to apply for a Cove Park Literature Residency in Scotland, taking place between May and September of 2015. £400 per week, library, archive and general Scottish wilderness will be made available to three available to the three successful applicants. Apply here.
Want to write better sex scenes? Avoid writing them like these choice selections of the worst sex scenes in 2014 books. Vote for the worst here.
Now I'm off to write a five page sex scene so I can get my Nanowrimo word count up. See you in 14 days or 168 hours or 17 bags of Doritos.