A Visit to the Hanging Houses of Cuenca

After spending the week in Madrid working, which came after the writers’ retreat in southern Spain in the first two weeks of June this year, I met up with an old friend I hadn’t seen in 15 years. We’d decided to meet up in Madrid and then travel by bus to make a visit to []

Writing Groups in Madrid

Spain Series: III Come join me while I fill you in on the three different writing groups in Madrid I participated in during my week-long stay there after the fortnight’s writers’ retreat in southern Spain. I spent the week doing clients’ work, and attending three different writers’ groups. Writing Groups in Madrid. Group 1: Write []

A Day in the Life of a Writer in Spain

Spain Series: II I figure after a two-week writers’ retreat in southern Spain, I can talk about a day in the life of a writer in Spain! After the fortnight in the Alpujarra region, I spent a week in Madrid to catch up on work and attend some writers’ groups (watch out for this in []

Writers Retreat in Spain

Spain Series: I Up until 2019, I’d been to a spiritual retreat in England long, long ago, a meditation retreat in the hinterland of the Gold Coast in Queensland a few years back and a yoga retreat in Bali in 2015. Considering writing has been an important part of my life for much of it, []

The 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami: A Personal Perspective

Gold Coast Author Sandra Sweeney tells her story of loss, resilience and survival Book Review The 2004 Boxing Day tsunami took the lives of more than a quarter of a million people within a matter of hours. Peter Beattie, who wrote the Foreword to Sandra Sweeney’s book ‘Ripples from the Wave: After the 2004 Tsunami’ []

Book Review on Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One

This book review on Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One, by French author Raphaelle Giordano (I seem to have had a bit of a focus on French authors recently!) is an interesting mix between novel and self-help book. According to the book description, it reached best-seller status in France, stayed []

Questions to ask Book Editors

Are you new to writing and/or to the publishing world? Publishing options for your book Are you seeking an objective viewpoint about your publishing options? It is – sorry to say but a fact nonetheless – extremely challenging (but not impossible) for a mainstream publisher to take on a first-time author. One of the alternatives []

The French Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Book review When does a book sell more copies because of its title rather than its cover? When it’s called “The French Art of Not Giving a F*ck”! Fabrice Midal, the author, is a philosopher and ‘one of the world’s leading teachers of meditation’. So it may come as a surprise that a practitioner of []

Working With a Genuine Business in Publishing Services

I’m a real person. Not a robot. Or a telemarketing company. I live and work in Australia. When you contact my business, I’m the one who replies. I email you. Or Skype you. Or phone you. We can even meet in person. When you work with me, you’re working with a genuine business in publishing []

Book Review of The Empyrean Quest

Debut Queensland author Don Horsfall has done himself proud with his first novel. The Empyrean Quest is part story and part mystical personal development journey. The self-help aspect of the book, however, does not detract from the story. I recently read another self-help fiction book, Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have []

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