Manuscript Appraisal Competition


Just a reminder that the deadline for the Manuscript Appraisal Comp is October 31. Make sure you tell all your writer friends and subscribe to the website to be in the running!
A few writers have asked if they can submit part of a manuscript. This is fine, but just remember that this is not the same as submitting your manuscript to a publishing house, where you can simply send a few chapters and the in-house editor contacts you if they want to see more of your story. I am offering a comprehensive report and suggestions to the lucky recipient – a chance to polish your manuscript BEFORE you submit to publishers. So a full manuscript is preferable. With industry experience, I am in a good position to give you an idea of what publishers might be looking for and to offer you some other options for your story. It’s a great opportunity to gain some valuable feedback about your story that the in-house editors simply do not have time to do.

So go for it! I’m really looking forward to seeing what comes in. I’ve been really impressed so far with the top proposals so far, not to mention the professionalism and dedication of emerging writers across Australia. So super!


Study Nooks

Study 1

You may have noticed if you follow me on Pinterest that I have a board called ‘Dream Home’, ‘Dream’ being the operative word at this stage. But we really would like to do something radical to our home at some stage – mostly just to flex our creativity and personalize our home. I feel very privileged to own a home (despite its hidden horrors), but some storage space would be nice : )

For the next couple of weeks I thought I would let you in on my grand plan and show you the sort of house of my dreams (well, something within the walls of what we already have that is a bit better).


The main problem with our current house is not its size – I’m intrigued by some people’s desire to live in huge houses that just require more cleaning (and ya know how I feel about housework). But we have no storage. Our study is in our bedroom, which is sooo romantic. I love looking at the printer when I wake each morning knowing that it is just a cartridge away from being hurled out the window. We’re also lucky to have a second study on the dining table. Lucky, I say – lucky.



When Dan was working from home, this was his workstation replete with printer, two computer screens, a massive phone and keyboard. The bed became his table for sorting documents. Not ideal.


So, for our Dream Home, I decided we need a storage/study nook that would hide all this shit away and also the person operating it. It doesn’t have to be a big space – maybe 2m x 2m. I even thought of incorporating a study under the stairs. It kind of opened my mind to the possibilities of all sorts of spaces that could be turned into workable areas shut off somehow from the rest of the house.


My requirements are lots of cupboard space – high and low – with at least a 1.2m long desk space (especially good for me to proofread hardcopy pages). And I decided that this space does not need a window, either, which opens it up to all sorts of possibilities. Yes – I would love a window in the study, but you can’t have everything and a study in itself is a luxury. I’m not sure what the rules are, but I think as long as it has ventilation, you don’t necessarily need a window.


Check out the ideas below or go to my ‘Study’ board on Pinterest (just click the Pinterest icon above):

Study 2 Study 4Study 2


Image Credits:

Image 1 – P and S Home

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Do You Have a Story?


Do you have a story to tell? Do you have a burning desire to be a published author? Would you like some help fulfilling your dream??

I worked as an in-house editor at Penguin Australia for 8 years and have a wealth of knowledge in many aspects of publishing and writing. Since leaving Penguin I have mentored numerous writers and have a passion for assisting emerging writers – getting their manuscripts ship-shape ready for publication or, in some cases, helping writers to pitch their manuscript to publishers. I am opening my doors to manuscripts right here right now and offering one lucky writer a 1500-word (picture book) – 2000-word (chapter book) manuscript appraisal worth $350, for FREE!

All you have to do is send me your manuscript electronically to and subscribe to my website by October 31.

If you would like to find out more about my manuscript appraisal, editing and industry-advice service, just click on to the ‘Editing Services’ page for more details.

I can’t wait to see what you’ve got!

K x