Terranora writer tries speed dating with publishers

SPEED dating with major book publishers and chatting to iconic authors is what Terranora writer Marian Edmunds did last week in Sydney, at the first ever National Writers Congress.

Ms Edmunds was one of the 70 top scribes from across the country to attend the two day event held at the National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour.

"The most inspiring person I met at the writer's congress would have to be Kate Forsyth - she's a writer of romance and fantasy and fairy tales, and she gave a fantastic and inspirational talk on the successful writer's survival guide," Ms Edmunds said.

While in Sydney, she pitched her current works to top literary agents including Curtis Brown, Cameron Creswell and Pan Macmillan in 'speed date' style.

"It was quite nerve wracking, you line-up behind other writers, and once you got your turn you would have five minutes in which to tantalise the publishers. Then an alarm would go off to tell you to move on," she said.

"It was successful - I had a couple of the publishers ask me to send them a sample of my book which is a contemporary women's fiction called Sapphire Day," she said.

Ms Edmunds still works as a journalist writing for online and multiple other publications.

In the 1980's, aged at just 22, she was a sub editor at the Daily News, and afterwards went on to write for the UK Guardian, the Beijing Post and has had her writing published in several books.

Ms Edmunds runs The Writer's Studio in Main St, Murwillumbah.



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