Gunnedah Youth Zine

A few weeks ago, I submitted three poems to the first edition of the Gunnedah Youth Zine.

I’m so excited to see my work in print, and what’s more, I wrote two of the poems after-hours at the Mackellar Centre, which is both my place of work and a shrine to Australia’s poetess, Dorothea Mackellar.

I feel a sense of accomplishment and pride as I look at my office wall now. I know I’ve contributed to the art of poetry, as I’m quite literally surrounded by it in my line of work as a Project Officer.

And the great thing about poetry: it takes a significantly less amount of time to write in comparison to a full-length novel!

A big thanks to Sewa Emojong from Gunnedah Shire Council, our talented illustrator Danny Stanley and the Rotary Club for making this all possible.

The magazine itself is free, so keep an eye out for it as it floats around Gunnedah!


The road to landing a literary agent is not an easy one. I soon discovered this after beginning my search.

I remember being bitterly disappointed the first few rejections I received. I honestly thought I was doing something wrong and couldn’t understand why no one wanted me.

The pain of rejection has since numbed. When I send a query now, I don’t invest in it. I’m hopeful, but ultimately realistic about the outcome.

I queried this particular agent only a few days ago, and she replied this morning. I must say is one of the most personalised rejections I’ve received, and her comments about my query being eyecatching have given me a huge confidence boost. It means I’m on the right track.

Rejection, in whatever context, makes you question your own ability. It’s disheartening, and upsetting, but will ultimately lead you to the path you’re supposed to be on.

Out of the thousands of literary agents out there, only one will love my work enough to take it on. I must remember this as I continue searching for the perfect fit.

Have a fabulous weekend. Keep going on whatever you think is impossible.

—B x

Enchantment by Brittany Riley + Exclusive Q&A

Read3rz Re-Vu

I had the pleasure of meeting Brittany at the Allen and Unwin YA Fan Fest in 2016. When Brittany told me she published her first book, I was most excited to read it… And did not disappoint!!! Having read this book, I can highly recommend it to fans of mythology, folklore, fae and YA urban fantasy. Brittany gave me a copy of her book and once I read it, I managed to do a quick Q&A with her to share with you all..

The protagonist is Elise Dawson and she has led a pretty sheltered life being home-schooled and protected by her parents from the suspicious eyes of the world. Like thousands of others, the Dawsons are the descendants of the UndeAdlic Acolitus, or Immortal Lightbearers–a subspecies of faerie with only one enemy: the Banshees – an evil version of the Lightbearers however, Elise has no idea who she is…

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Embracing Change

Today is my 23rd birthday, and birthdays always cause me to reflect on what has happened over the course of the year.

I realised that this time in 2016, I was only just on the cusp of my writing journey. I had only recently quite full-time work and I was apprehensive yet excited for the future. I made a conscious decision to actually chase my dreams, and I realise now it was the bravest thing I have ever done. The first step is always the hardest, right?

The last year has been full of breathtaking highs. I cannot believe I actually published my first book at 22. I’m young, and hopeful, and in some ways, inexperienced, but I learn something new every day and I don’t ever wish to lose the flutter of butterflies in my stomach every time I think of what my future holds.

Chasing my dreams has not been without its challenges. I’ve had to shed friendships, negative ways of thinking and certainly sacrifice old patterns. It was fightening at first. I realised I was no longer going to be the smalltown country girl with the white-picket fence, but it was beyond empowering to remember this was never who I truly was anyway.

Instead I have discovered and actively pursued my deepest desires, and found new, uplifting friendships that I am grateful for every single day. Sometimes, I forget I am still so young and then experience self-doubt, but that is when I think of Veronica Roth. She was only 23 when her first book was published, with an international following and a movie adaption soon after. If she, along with a myriad of other authors can do it, there’s no reason why I can’t too. 

So, with that in mind, by my 24th birthday, I would like the following things:

  • A wonderful, supportive and amazing literary agent.
  • A publishing deal in the U.S.
  • A prospective film deal.
  • A circle of incredibly talented writing friends and
  • To read and learn more about my art form.

It is my belief that if you want something badly enough, there is no way you can fail. Of course it will take time, and of course there will be blocks, but the right people and opportunities that help you get there will cross your path when you are supposed to receive them.

If I am to be successful, I have to be open and willing to change. My first book, Enchantment, will no doubt be edited when I someday get a book deal. It is for this reason I have been revisiting it, smiling in some places and frowning in others, trying to find places where it can expand, improve and grow. I need it to be the very best it can be if I am to find a literary agent that will take it wholeheartedly in her stride. I can’t wait for that day to come. 
So, Happy 23rd Birthday to me, and may 2017 be my year of successes.

– B x