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What does it cost to publish a book?

  For all those with an idea for a book swirling around inside their grey matter, I wanted to share some of my experience as an author, and give a little perspective on what it costs to become published. Many people have a great idea for a book but are unsure how to get it to market. Self-publishing involves you, the author, doing everything […]

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Why did I choose to be an indie author?

After more than 18 months, my new book glows out of the monitor. I rub a pair of sore eyes to generate moisture that’s been robbed by four hours of screen time. The sense of achievement is overwhelming and I smile, followed by a sigh of relief.  I did it … again … I’ve finally completed another […]

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The writer’s seed

The weekend just passed was the 175th anniversary of the primary school where my son attends and my daughter graduated in 2015.  A wonderful place to learn, St Mary’s Primary School has a long history which was celebrated in style with a grand luncheon attended by past teachers and students; some of them within reach of a […]

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Opening up!

Melbourne’s cold wintery days are just a little more appealing when nestling into the pages of my next project.  It’s so good to be writing again. Night after night for 18 months, I’ve been sitting at my desk thrashing out pen and paper in the hope of penning the next J K Rowling ‘fly-off-the-shelf’ type piece.  I doubt I’ve done […]

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Is my child an artistic genius?

Parents often ask me whether I believe their child is about to pen the next Rembrandt.  It is a question I often ask myself about my kids and probably with more of a critics tongue than most.  “No, no, that’s not how you draw a flying cow with laser evaporators …Sorry, what I meant to say was: […]

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Laugh at life often!

Carrot Sticks was created for one simple reason – to help people ‘Laugh at Life Often’. With our sensors being attacked from every direction, it is important for us to empty the boiler in our brain from time to time.  As adults, we sometimes expect our kids to jump on-board with our ridiculously busy lives […]

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