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Category Archives: e-publishing

A family of authors

MAY 2013…Catch up We’ve only just began to talk to other authors Thomas Keneally said it was a “grand concept’….”a splendid idea”. James Bradley, who I’d written to in hope and desperation when my daughter was sick in Athens – her need for me somehow motivated me to  at last take action about the paltry… Continue reading…

Disaster

April 2013… catch-up A lot has happened since I last wrote…Libby realized she has too many commitments, and she’s left us. We buckled under this blow. But still, there were 3 of us, sharing the work. Then, two months ago, Louise told  us she needed to talk.  We sat glumly in a Darlinghurst café, Louise, Bem… Continue reading…

Who are we?

March 2013 We were around one of those big shiny board room tables, talking to the ASA about our hopes of working with them. “What are you doing about the royalties?” someone asked. We Royals jumped. We are The Royalties. But what was meant was authors’ earnings. “You’ll have to change your name”. We all nodded,… Continue reading…

Arrived but not alive

30/7/12 The new portal’s actually on my computer though not yet live, and I’m astounded at how work-personlike and authoritative it is,   this dream that’s coming true – it’s not touched by all our uncertainties and doubts, rather in the way that one of my newly published novels has always astonished me, where a messy… Continue reading…

The portal builders

Many authors replied! -some offering to help us because they can see that this is a worthy thing to do for Australian literature, its authors and its readers. And- now I can tell all- a huge e publishing group in India is offering to our rescue, to build our portal, at no cost to us,… Continue reading…

An astonishing reply

We’ve had an astonishing reply. It’s too astounding to tell at the moment. But the portal may actually happen, built by a very experienced, very professional company overseas. We realize that we need other authors with forbearing and patience to trial this portal, if and when it happens. We decide to advertise to find them… Continue reading…

More daring demanded

Suddenly everything has changed. At a literary evening which I almost didn’t go to,  I come upon Shona Martyn of Harper Collins. “You wrote that letter. Come and see me,” she says. I ask Bem to come with me, for she’s much more e-literate than me- though I’m learning fast, on the job, the way… Continue reading…

Learning fast

We now have a name – The Royalties. I’ve tried it on a few people, and they’ve laughed at its cheekiness. But to become a dignified royal, I must become e competent, fast. Who can explain this arcane knowledge to me in words I can follow? I’m used to researching, and ring around bothering people-… Continue reading…

A chronicle of e publishing

I made the decision one of those days when events seem to have a life of their own, and you’re just an on-looker. I’d sat a week in a white hotel room by the sick-bed of my daughter. She was vomiting her antibioics. I’d go down to breakfast every morning, bring hers hopefully up to… Continue reading…