In her blog interview with me, Jill Smith asked the following question:
Last year you were appointed Managing Editor of Morris Publishing Australia. Has this position given you more insight into other writers and the whole publishing process?
My first reaction to that question was “God yes!” I now understand the frustration of a publisher’s editor. There are countless stories submitted that have great merit, but some need a bit of work to get them to publishing standard. As a publisher, you have to choose the ones that are closest to ready as possible. Of course, you also have to look at commercial appeal – but that is a subjective thing and, right or wrong, you can only rely on your own judgment and that of your chosen readers.
So right or wrong, this is our list.
THE SHORT LIST:
Congratulations to the following authors for making the list.
Hettie Ashwin – The Crowing of The Beast
Shirley Coughlin – The Search
Darryl Green – Calvus
Gail Luck – Fiasili’s Legacy
Sally Odgers – Tom’s Island
Dimity Powell - PS What About Christmas
Joan Small – Day of Gooligah
Jill Smith - Vashla's World
Jackie Tritt - The Invincible Slime of Renown
Lana Webber - Isis, Osiris, Lucifer and Me
Melissa Wray – Crossroads
Now comes the even harder part - choosing five from this list. More sleepless nights and long drawn out meetings will occur.