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Keeping Things Consistent

Consistency when writing a novel—actually, when writing anything—is an essential ingredient to creating a strong story. Your writers might get a little frustrated if you spend half the story telling them that your protagonist’s bedroom is the second door on the right and then suddenly start saying it’s the third door on the right, or perhaps you mentioned they have ...
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Choosing the Right Verb

Verbs are an essential part of any sentence, but not all verbs are created equal; there are two categories of verbs: weak and strong. Strong verbs should always be chosen over weak verbs. Strong verbs hold the power to grab the reader’s attention and convey exactly what is happening: creating mood and imagery in just a few words. Weak verbs, ...
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Shh! Show, Don’t Tell

If you’ve ever taken a writing course or read a book on how to write a novel, you would have been told 'show, don’t tell' at least once—perhaps several hundred times. But what exactly does it mean? Telling is when you tell the reader facts: what’s happening, how someone feels, even what’s about to happen next—spoiler alert. Showing, on the ...
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Setting the Scene

Setting is one of the key ingredients to creating a novel that readers can immerse themselves in. Without settings, your characters would be aimlessly wandering around on blank pages talking to each other. The reader wouldn’t be able to experience the world the characters were in; they’d be more or less locked out. Avoid white space White space is basically ...
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Active Voice Versus Passive Voice

As a writer you’ve probably been told at one point or another to use active voice and avoid passive voice—perhaps it was even a teacher’s comment added at the end of a high school essay. If you’re anything like I was before I studied grammar, you probably scratched your head and thought what the heck is passive voice? It’s pretty ...
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How to Bring Your Characters to Life

Some people may try and tell you that creating characters for your novel is as easy as selecting an age, gender, hair colour, and goal. But it’s not that simple. If you want your characters to compel readers to care about them enough to read your entire novel, then you have to do a lot better than create a few ...
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How to Battle through Writer’s Block

You’ve woken up, eaten breakfast, and have sat down in front of your laptop. You open the file titled Best Selling Novel and push open the door in your mind that grants you access to the fictional world you’ve spent the past few months creating. You poise your fingers above your laptop’s keyboard, ready to glimpse what happens next in your story. But ...
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The Importance of a Manuscript Assessment

Let me guess, you’ve just finished writing your novel after spending the past year pouring your soul into it—writing it, then editing it again, and again, and again. You think it’s perfect, an absolute masterpiece that will be hailed alongside the works of Agatha Christie and J.K. Rowling. There’s nothing left to do now but publish it, right? Wrong. A ...
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Australian Publisher Accepting Unsolicited Manuscripts

If you’ve written a novel, autobiography, or children’s book, Aurora House is currently accepting unsolicited manuscripts, and we’d love to hear from you! Now, some of you may be thinking you’d prefer to go with a ‘traditional’ publisher such as Penguin or Allen and Unwin, and it is still possible to submit unsolicited manuscripts to them on specified times of the week/month. The downside is their general ‘waiting period’ is six months, and most prefer you not to submit your manuscript to anyone else. Often you don’t get a message to say if your manuscript was rejected so you have ...
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Readers Favourite 5 Star award winners

Some of Aurora House authors decided to try their luck with the Readers Favourite Book Awards. We have received most of the reviews back and here are the ones who received an award for their book. Well Done! The books were varied in their genre, from autobiography, to historical fiction, to children's books, and parenting. Below we have listed the books to congratulate the authors. Marion won 5 Star Readers Favourite Awards for her autobiography and her children's books Warwick O'Neill won a 5 Star Reader Favourite Award his book Flames of Rebellion We also have a few 4 Star ...
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Marion Brownlie interviewed on River Radio

Facing Demons author Marion Brownlie is interviewed on River Radio. She talks about her book and what inspired her to write this amazing autobiography. Beating the odds, she was near suicide then turned her life around - she had work to do! It still was not easy, and there were many things she had to sort out, and heal. Her story is one of determination, strength, and courage. She found the will to carry on, but there were still lessons to be learnt. Over the course of her life, you will hear how she found a way to work with ...
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Benefits of Using a Professional Book Publisher

Have you thought about publishing a book? Do you know how to go about it? Are you thinking 'Do I use a publisher or publish it myself'? There are many questions to consider when undertaking the journey of becoming an author. ... What do I want to achieve with my book? ... How do I get my book seen by as many readers as possible? ... Do I publish it myself or engage a professional publisher? Many authors do publish their books themselves, and a few might have some success with that. Many do not, which is a shame after all ...
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The Faceless Man Book Review

Title – The Faceless Man Author – Isaac Oosterloo Publisher – Aurora House Publishing Whether it’s leaning hard into a sharp corner in the east coast hinterland rain forest, or the endless lonely desert miles across the top end, Isaac Oosterloo puts the reader in the saddle as you join him and his best mate, Monkey on an epic journey through some of the most beautiful and harsh landscapes Australia has to offer. Cold, wet and wild nights spent weathering coastal storms or the peace and quiet of an outback sunrise are perfectly captured with an easy yet evocative language ...
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Flames of Rebellion BOOK LAUNCH!

Flames of Rebellion by new Australian author Warwick O'Neill will be officially launched at REaD Cafe, Paradise Resort, Gold Coast, Qld on Saturday 9th April at 6.30pm ALL ARE WELCOME Meet and talk with the author. Find out how he researched his book.  On his release from gaol, all Patrick Flanagan wanted was a good woman, a family and a peaceful life. Then he heard the call that reverberated around the world. Gold! Leaving Moreton Bay behind, he jumps aboard The Cumberland to work for his passage to the goldfields. On the voyage he befriends Fergus, an old sailor at ...
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Linda Lattin’s Wheels of Mizfortunate

I was able to write my book with sheer determination, which is common for many writers. Success requires determination. I was in a serious car accident that left me critically injured and comatose for over four months. When I awoke I had NO memory of my life. I was dazed as anyone would be and my mind was blank. I had to learn how to be a woman again: a living, breathing, 35 year old woman who had three sons, whom I did not remember either! I did not know how to be a Mom. I had to re-learn how ...
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Online Book Tours!

Have you published a book and its not doing much? Have you promoted your book to the best of your ability? Have you thought of an Online Book Tour? Online Book Tours can get your book in front of thousands upon thousands of people! We have listed some of the more popular online book tour sites. Explore your possibilities! Grab your opportunities! Organise a book tour for your book! click image for link to book tour information ...
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Popular Children’s Author Gigi Sedlmayer interview

Well known and popular children's author Gigi Sedlmayer interviewed by Uvi Poznansky Who inspired you to start writing and how did your craft develop since then? Surviving cancer and finding myself still alive after two years of just sitting around, but still locked after my two little girls and my husband, Albert, I finally came to my senses again. Since I couldn’t work at a traditional job any longer, I couldn’t stand or sit too long, Albert, my husband, taught me how to use a computer. I started to write, since there was nothing else for me to do. In ...
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Dogsled Racer Blazes Trail for Visually Impaired Readers and Cyclists

Rachael Scdoris, a 28-year-old outdoors enthusiast, has been a competitive dogsled racer for well over a decade. Thanks to the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), a division of the Library of Congress, she’s been an avid reader for the past year. Scdoris was born and raised in the wilderness of Bend, Ore., where she traversed mountains and deserts on the back of a sled with her father, who spent 36 years as a musher—a trail his stubborn daughter was determined to follow no matter what. Scdoris was born with a rare vision disorder called congenital ...
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Happy Children

Children celebrating the arrival of new English books ...
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Amanda Starling – Featured Author

Mumma to Be - Amanda Starling Every hiccup and foreign moment I endured I wanted reassurance and peace of mind. From that moment I was prompted to record my journey. My words began, freely, candidly and honestly. Initially I was writing for my baby thinking it would be a great keepsake for when she was older – I’m such a realist thinking so far in advance! Perhaps she will be mortified to know how candid and forthright I was. I began writing everything, I knew I couldn’t count on my memory (baby brain); everything I thought was relevant I wrote ...
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Featured Author

Featured Author for March - coming next week! Stay tuned for more ...
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Wheels of Mizfortunate Review

I have Wheels of Mizfortunate and thought I'd say a few words about it. I think the book was a unique inside up close look into what it would be like if the worst happened to us , an accident or mishap that would be crippling. I recently broke my ankle and was immobilized for just a brief period of time as I read this book. What am ordeal , so many things that change so quickly. Constant challenges of all kinds. She depicts in interesting ways what that was like. Relationships with family and friends and physical difficulties just ...
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No Shelf Required With E-Readers at Your Fingertips

With hectic schedules ruling the day, people often underestimate the importance of taking time to relax and recharge—even if for only a few minutes. To that point, why not do so with a good book? Whether you’re curled up on the couch after work or simply on your lunch break, eReading companies such as Kobo have enough options to keep you interested—and relaxed. No matter what age you are, there’s something for everyone’s taste or preference. The 20s can be fraught with stress and tension. You’ve left the comfort of home, so now what? Consider books that will help direct ...
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New Books Released by Aurora House Publishing

Aurora House publishing has been busy. They have recently released five new books - two children's books and three autobiographies. Look over to the left and you will find them all in Recommended Reading. Each new release is excellent reading. The Faceless Man will take you across Australia on motorbikes, from the east coast to the west. Across the desert with its searing heat, through tropical storms - just becuase they can. It will hold you from beginning to end and have you begging for more! ...
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FutureQuest review by Satis Shroff

Review: Future Quest: Building an Awesome World Future (Satis Shroff) Sedlmayer, Albert, Future Quest 2012 Aurora House, Sydney, Australia ISBN 978 0987304032, 488 pages, Paperback Can you write about world peace and how to change the world? There have been politicians who've had a vision or a dream of a change in the society and set about achieving their goals. The author Albert Sedlmayer mentions that his Dad was a natural problem solver. 'Genetic predisposition,eh?' you might ask. He was his mentor and intrigued him with how he'd study a problem, walk away; then come back with a solution and ...
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New Book Releases

Our new releases are forging their way in the book world! Authors Amanda Starling (Mumma to Be) and Gigi Sedlmayer (Talon series) are making waves! Aurora House now has the complete Talon series to date. The first four books are brilliant reading for children aged 8-12 years. The bonding between a little girl and her Condor friends has to be read to be appreciated. Matica's determination and love for her birds eventually wins over the local people and she find new strength in their friendship and love. As time goes on her disability become less important and she finds that ...
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Facing Demons Reviews

Facing Demons is fast becoming 'THE' book to read. This autobiography by Marion Brownlie shows, rather than tells, her story. The ups and downs, self healing, and becoming spiritual were all part of the journey. Read these reviews, then decide to read the book for yourself... “This is a very honest, open and brave account of a truly remarkable woman’s experiences both in this physical realm, and in the spiritual plane. In sharing her knowledge and discoveries with us, we can feel empowered to look at our world differently and more clearly. Thank you for revealing your innermost thoughts with ...
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Invitation to Writers

Aurora House wants your words and  invites all writers to submit articles and stories for publication on our blog. It can be short stories, or excerpts from your book. No matter what the topic, the exposure for you as an author will be well worth it ...
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