Sunday, August 5, 2012

A writerly giveaway:

It's my birthday week! To celebrate, I want to give you a present. Well, one of you, anyway. Writers need excellent and lovely tools, and this little giveaway bundle is made up of three things I think are particularly handy:
  • a brand new edition of the current Australian Writer's Marketplace. This hefty volume, worth $49.95 from the Queensland Writers Centre, contains pages and pages of listings of Australian and New Zealand writing markets, publishing houses, writer's organisations, and writing competitions. There's also a bunch of info on writing and selling your work. John Marsden says, "First, buy a pen. Second, a dictionary... then, The Australian Writer’s Marketplace. That’s the hard work done. Now, just write your book!" So there you go.
  • a beautiful little blank journal from Brisbane artisan, Paper Boat Press. To me, there's nothing quite like the allure of the blank page, and pretty pretty notebooks like this one basically cry out to be filled with both brilliant and banal thoughts in scrappy wild handwriting (keep it on your bedside table for those moments of midnight inspiration).
  • two Pilot Fineliner pens in black. These are my current favourite writing tools -- so smooth and fine, and they actually make my hideous handwriting look a little neater (or at least more arty).
To be in the running for this prize pack, simply leave a comment on this post. Obviously, this giveaway is biased in favour of writerly types (sorry!) but you're welcome to enter even if you just like a writerly type. Tying a bow around a fat writing book is the perfect way to earn brownie points with your favourite wordsmith person. Or maybe winning this prize will turn you into a writerly type. So have at it. Oh and here's a bonus: if you leave a cool writerly link, resource, or quote, I'll throw your name in the hat twice.

Leave your name and a contact email address before 2.02am August 11th (birth minute!) AEST and I'll draw a winner after next Saturday. Joy!

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Laura Elizabeth -- you should know you have launched me on a Nerd renaissance now. I am blaming you.

Sarah -- thank you so much for your lovely congratulations! How's your world of study going?

Andrea -- yay! I'm glad I was your first tagger :). Thanks for the excellent phone call tonight, too! x

Staish -- eee! I'm excited you'll be joining us.

Hannah Joy -- I hope you found some yummy nerds to munch on. Seriously, their colour is part of the delight!

Carla -- it's a Nerds Rope. Find one and eat it immediately!! Plz start practicing gymnastics so you can fit in Meaghan's luggage. Thx.

Amanda -- :D


  1. This looks lovely, so much fun! Pity I'm not what I'd call 'a writer'!

  2. I'm not commenting to enter... in fact I think the prize would be quite wasted on me, but I just wanted to comment because it's such a fun post!

    Yay for whoever wins!

    And more yay for your birthday in 5 days!!

  3. I'm definitely a writerly type! Here's my interesting writerly link:

  4. I'm a writerly type! This looks awesome :)
    Here's my link:
    And my quote:
    I try to leave out the parts that people skip. ~Elmore Leonard
    Happy birthday week!!

  5. *comments to enter* I'm not only a writer type, but I'm just about every type of writer. ;) Awesome prize!

    My writey/rambly blog, if you care to stalk:

  6. Yay, that is a fun giveaway, Danielle :). I just got a copy of the writer's marketplace thanks to the Redlitzer's competition, but the other prizes are so exciting! Here is a writing quote: "The best time for planning a book is while you're doing the dishes." ~Agatha Christie

    And here is my interesting writerly link by author Jennifer Freitag:

    Happy Early Birthday wishes :)

  7. Unfortunately I'm not in AU, because that journal? Oh goodness, exactly what I've been looking for. Lucky you, whoever you are who manages to win it! :D

  8. Oh, and for random information, I wrote a writerly post on my blog a bit ago. But I think you already saw it.

  9. this is the site of a dear writer friend of mine called Monique:

    cause we're all need to support each other!

  10. Oops, forgot an email address. :P


  11. I'm not entering your giveaway, but yay for your birthday!!!

  12. Oooh, I am the writerly type & beautiful notebook. :)

    Here's my blog where I write about my interesting (and not-so-interesting) life:

  13. I'm a writerly type! ;-) But I don't live in Australia, so if I win (I'm not the sort who ever wins these things), please choose a second person to give the useful book to. :-)

    I went to the stationer's today and bought new paper, notebooks, and pens in anticipation of uni starting in 3 weeks. :-D

    The tool that most helps me draft:

  14. p.s. I would like to see a picture of The Hat you are throwing us all into, mainly because I love your sense of style. :-)

  15. Can't resist commenting!! And you wouldn't be judged as biased if you chose a family member ;-)

  16. oopps, it seems I am the second to forget to leave my e-mail address (can I send it to you via facebook as I don't like to leave my e-mail out for everybody to see?!)

  17. This looks like such a lovely giveaway! :) The journal and it's green! I'd love to be entered in!
    And a quote I think I'm mentioned to you before, but which I love and think of often :

    "Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable."
    Francis Bacon

    Only 3 days to your birthday!! :) x x

  18. This is a great idea.

    I wrote something small just tonight here:
    which, as I was writing I thought I'd link to you :)

    Happy pre-birthday! :D xo

  19. I don't now that I could enter cause I'm in the USA but wanted to say that I'm catching up on reading all your posts after not being online much the past 2 or 3 weeks. (time flies!)
    That book is adorable :)
    Happy early Birthday, girl!! I wish I could send you a gift...

  20. What a lovely idea! Pretty generous for your own birthday, birthday girl!! :) I'm not a real writerly type (just a wannabe!), so I'm not entering - but just wanted to say that this is very cool!

    And loving all the writerly links that have been posted up! is fantastic! Gets the adrenaline going... (great tip, Asea!!)

  21. “The good writer, the great writer, has what I have called the three S's: the power to see, to sense, and to say. That is, he is perceptive, he is feeling, and he has the power to express in language what he observes and reacts to.” -Lawrence Clark Powell

    Love this giveaway! Thanks!

    Laura @ Life is Beautiful

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