This article almost didn’t happen. The initial brief was simple: write a story about an issue affecting young people. My mind swam with ideas—the housing market, climate change, an acquaintance of mine who recently joined a cult. Yet every time I sat down to write, I couldn’t. I would sit and stare, then despair, and … Continue reading Like Drawing Blood: Writing in 2019
‘Abbu, I saw a counsellor today,’ I said, clutching the corner of the kitchen counter top. I waited for my dad’s response, feeling a little too hopeful. How could I think telling my dad I was having mental health issues would evoke the sensitivity I deserve? It was nothing against him personally, he is my … Continue reading Unmuting Mental Health: Breaking the Taboo at Home
The Grattan Street Press was excited to hear of Vicki Laveau-Harvie's novel, The Erratics, winning the 2019 Stella Prize. Our own Meg Kerr attended the Wheeler Centre's event to discuss the novel, and the prize, with the author.
Last year, author Robert Hassan gave up his connection to social media and embarked on a journey to find himself. He shares that journey in his new memoir.
The publication date for Seth Robinson’s upcoming mystery-thriller Welcome to Bellevue’s is just around the corner! As we work towards finishing off the final touches of the book, we had a chance to chat with Seth to hear about his writing process. We’re also thrilled to be able to give readers some new information about Welcome … Continue reading Seth Robinson answers our questions and teases upcoming novel Welcome to Bellevue
‘This is the last year.’ My Pa says the same thing every year, pulling on his cracked old work boots and getting ready for another day running his small farm on the outskirts of Dubbo, NSW. Even at 80 years old, he hasn’t given up the family tradition of being a fruit farmer, not even … Continue reading A Life of Drought
By Isla Sutherland Gabrielle Ashton is a 22-year-old television producer and law student. She is also making significant waves in the self-published literary romance scene, having made over $10,000 and had almost one million page reads since her debut in June this year. I spoke to Ashton about her experience turning her hobby into a … Continue reading From Bad Romance to Good: a Look at Self-publishing and Romance Ebooks
By Claire Parnell The culture versus commerce debate has plagued book publishing for long enough. Publishing is cultural institution. It’s also a business. With skim financial margins and incredibly competitive arts funding, some writers and publishers are looking to crowdfunding platforms as a means of earning money for their creative projects. Kickstarter is a global … Continue reading Using Creativity, Connectivity and Kickstarter to Crowdfund Book Publishing
Moving back to Melbourne, Avery didn't know how hard it would be to find a home ... The first house is on the edge of Thornbury and Northcote. The driveway pulls out onto a busy road. I know where the house is, when I first move in, because there’s a graffitied mattress across the street. … Continue reading Renting
Our submissions officers Avery and Tara are on the prowl for new manuscripts for Grattan Street Press! We had a chat to Avery and Tara to find out more about the submissions process and what they look for when considering a new submission. What type of things do you look for in a new submission? … Continue reading Q&A with our Submissions Officers
Last week, Grattan Street Press’s publisher, Sybil Nolan, travelled to Nashville, Tennessee to attend Digital Book World 2019. Digital Book World is an annual conference that takes a look at all aspects of ebooks, audio books, digital book marketing, and the future of book publishing. Sybil was lucky enough to attend the conference, which ran … Continue reading Ten lessons from Digital Book World 2019
When a post popped up in my inbox from Grattan Street Press about The M Project, I was delighted to read that, according to GSP’s definition, I am a millennial! Just. I was delighted because this fact made me feel young. Since returning to study, I feel exactly three hundred years older than most other … Continue reading Book Babies and Actual Babies
The best writers are ones who have honest stories in their hearts and a resolve to pen their thoughts and this stands true for University of Melbourne student Elizabeth Kuiper, whose debut novel Little Stones was recently published by University of Queensland Press. The novel, set in Zimbabwe in the 2000s, finds its narrator in … Continue reading In conversation with Elizabeth Kuiper
It felt like Christmas at my house when Dad announced that he’d bought a 500-hour block of internet. This was around 1997: I was thirteen years old and the whole world had been put at my fingertips. It was well before wireless networks, back when you had to dial in on a computer that was … Continue reading Talking to Strangers