The 'Short & Twisted' anthology is just out and it has my short crime story 'Making a KIlling at the Pokies' .What is interesting in terms of wider media coverage of stories is that having it out in print form, then makes it eligible for consideration to be read on national radio. I have soem audio novels, but getting a short story in audio form tends to mean having it read on radio, which can also mena it becomes a possible podcast. Any others with this situation in other countries?
Hi Hazel, You raise an interest point about copyright infringment. It is the risk we run the moment any work is published be it on the net on any other medium. Like all things, tracing and tracking the infringment is the issue. Protecting the work is nigh on impossible. I only ever allow one chapter of my novels to be posted, though I have run an experiment with googlebooks to see if this causes problems or generates any sales, this experiment comes to an end in April 08. I think one chapter gives a tast of the book and is enough to whet the apetite. Best wishes for 2008. Darren
I'm intrigued by the number of Australian crimespace writers as I imagined most would be from the USA or UK
50 Km east Does that mean the Dandenongs since you mentioned the bushfires? Maybe our paths will cross this year? Gigs on my website indicate where I'll be running workshops and the confernces at which I'll be speaking.Thanks for the invitation and the info abotu short story anthology publishers on your site.
I'm in the process of adding a Crime section to my website and will put links to the crime organisations. But I'm also conscious of the 'brand' name dilemma mentioned in the Crimespace forum on children's books and may go with my earlier collaborative crime pseudonym of A.K.Aye
It's a fine line between adult psychological but non violent short crime and mysteries for YA.Delete Comment
I write for children and adults, and writing for kids is harder as they are more honest, give it the 'yawn test' but will become devoted fans of subsequent books, if they like your characters. You also get unique fan mail! Or your character might. I often get 'Dear Hippo, will you come and sit on my roof and be my friend because I haven;t got a friend?' poignant e- fan mail...My website www.hazeledwards.com has a few articles on the background writing of some of my children's titles which include picture books, YA and junior fiction and faction.Children's books have longer lives than adult which are read once, but a generation is six years, and then you have a new group of child readers. Also tend to be translated and adapted more. And then there's the educational market for fact and fiction. But some adults will also ask 'When are you going to write a 'real' (meaning adult )book.? because they make the mistake of assuming that the IQ of the writer is commensurate with the age of the reader. You have to write shorter and simplify, but still have a sub-text , so writing for children is harder, but very satisfying. It's also said that food is the sex of children's books. PS I also co-wrote 'The Business of Writing for Young People' with Goldie Alexander, another Australian crime writer on Crimespace.
I have an idea for an Antartic novel that may come alive through your experience. So I'll offer it up to you if you're interested. It is grounded in several scientific verities related to Antartica. It also has legs in genre, as it is the Antarctic version of the closed room mystery murder. You won't guess until the end who the kriller, oopps, killer, is. Or maybe there's another, a hot Antartic love story where the lovers felt the ice move.
For you and the record, I've done the numbers on books and have come, thereby, to belileve that in major respects we do this thing, writing, as needful expression and, a distant second, for profit. I'm not recommending the Emily Dickson approach where you plunk everything into your drawer, but I'm convinced that if you don't love your own characters, their worlds, their predicaments and even peculiarities, then no matter how much money you make at this, you won't be fulfilled. At a Washington Independent Writers Conference in 2005, keynote speaker Sara Nelson, editor in chief of Publishers Weekly, gave a seemingly encouraging speech predicting that books were not dead, nor would be for 'at least eight years or more.' More encouraging to her were the greater than 50,000 books appearing (US) annually and the nealy 2,000 presses publishing. But there's another way to look at this, if you're not just looking for the distinction of being a published writer, and that is this: the greater is the number of books printed, the lower is the chance that random reader will pick yours up. Even with blazing hot blurbs -- only my latest, Little Gods, I was blurbed by the last Democratic candiate for the President of the United States, and have yet to see my swift boat of profits dock. And so we beat on against the current...
the land down under
where women glow and men chunder
with apologies to Men at Work
Sisters in Crime were very kind in blurbs to my most recent novel, Little Gods. Good group they.
in your 'About me'
interest in motivations is essential, but dramatic tensions really rise when motivations are pitted against equal innhibitions, giving interior struggles like... well, Hamlet.
After Sydney 2000, I was in Melbourne for just two days, but it seemed to fascination place. Next trip to Australia set for next summer, to Perth, which is -- coincidentally -- nearly exactly opposite to my home town if one draws a line connecting it with the center of the earth.