Out now: The DIY Book PR Guide

DIYPR-Cover-10cm-300dpiIt’s been a long time coming but I’m excited to announce that my first book, The DIY Book PR Guide: The HAPPIER Guide to Do-it-Yourself Book Publicity in Seven Easy Stepsis now onsale! It contains everything you need to know about promoting your own book – from compiling a killer media list to giving a great interview – in just seven simple steps.

A big thanks to Punky Films for the cover and to Xoum Publishing for making The DIY Book PR Guide an actual, real-life, honest-to-goodness book.

To purchase your copy, simply click here.

A publishing ‘good news story’

I love a good news story from the independent publishing world, especially one concerning my dear friends – and (full disclaimer!) publisher of my own modest tome – Xoum Publishing. They announced today the launch of a new literary imprint called Brio, which will be headed up by the exceptionally talented Alice Grundy, co-founder of literary […]


Internationally bestselling kids’ book writer James Lee makes not one, not two, but THREE very special appearances on 9GO’s Kids WB this Saturday (21 May) beginning at 8.59am. He joins co-hosts Lauren Phillips and Shane Crawford to talk about all things scary, hairy, slimy and chilling and give away all four books in his spooky new series for […]

ABS report shows Australian children not getting dietary needs

    A report published today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that Australian children are not eating the recommended daily amounts of vegetables and legumes/beans, with less than 1 per cent of children aged 2-18 meeting their daily quota. Guidelines advise that children aged 2-3 years consume 2.5 serves (where a serve is 75g) of […]

Written a book? Time to shout about it!

  CALLING ALL MELBOURNE-BASED WRITERS! Please join me at my one-day do-it-yourself book publicity course with the Australian Society of Authors on Saturday 28 May. It’s a dynamic, practical workshop that will teach you to: Describe your book in a persuasive and media-friendly way Write a press release Find the right journalists and build a contacts list Generate […]

Adult meals that kids love too

Watch Mary ‘Yia Yia’ Mitropoulos cook black-eye beans with spinach and risoni, just one of the delicious meals from Yia Yia’s Kitchen Secrets, Australia’s first cookbook of adult recipes that kids love to, on Network Ten’s Studio 10 below. Enjoy! Great Greek Cooking – Little Darlings Kitchen | Facebook

Channel 7 News report on dyslexie font

There was a lovely story on Channel 7 News recently about how dyslexie font may help kids who struggle with reading. It’s all thanks to a new initiative from long-time publisher and dyslexic advocate Jon Attenborough of Sydney-based ReadHowYouWant, working in conjunction with major Australian publishing companies, to make thousands of popular books available on […]

The ‘chubby font’ that may help Aussie dyslexics join the conversation about our nation’s favourite books

Long-time publisher Jon Attenborough talked about ‘the chubby font’, dyslexie, and ‘the hidden handicap’ of dyslexia in a lovely interview with ABC Radio National’s Cassie McCullagh on Life Matters today. Find out more about the thousands of Australian books that will be available in dyslexie font in coming months here. Designing good books for dyslexic readers