Me, on a Publishing Panel at a Writers Festival? Yes Please!

My continuing run of good luck, as foretold by the birds pooing on my car (it’s my new predictor of how my life is going to go) has led to one of the most exciting things I’ve done as an author.

I received a message from one of Australia’s best-loved and most successful fantasy (including adult, teen and children’s books) authors, Kate Forsyth. Kate, who is the organiser of the festival, asked if I would like to sit on a panel at the upcoming NSW Writers Centre speculative fiction festival. I was laughing and crying at the same time, I think because Kate, in all her modesty, informed me she was “an author just like you.” Um excuse me? First of all, no introduction needed as I have The Witches of Eileanan series on my bookshelf and ‘just like you’ I think not. I’m a baby at this and Kate has published around twenty five novels, some of them prize-winning and I’m sure all of them best-selling (thank you so much Kate).

I’m going to be sitting on a publishing panel and answering questions about my experiences with self-publishing. I’m nervous of course, but I’ve already been informed that a few of my interstate friends are coming up to support me and enjoy the day, as there are many awesome talks to sit in on by great Aussie authors. I’m super excited and thankful as these opportunities don’t arise often (if at all).

So, aspiring Australian writers, get along to the NSW Writers Centre at Balmain for what is going to be an exciting day (have I already said it’s going to be exciting?). Tickets are a bargain at $80! Go to the site, check out the program and book now before everyone else beats you to it. I hope to see you all there.

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16 responses to “Me, on a Publishing Panel at a Writers Festival? Yes Please!

  1. Congratulations Dionne. You deserve this opportunity. You have worked so hard. I am a firm believer that you make your own luck. Enjoy yourself. It will be fun and exciting. xx

  2. benditty

    You’re going to be amazing, Dionne! I wish I could be there to revel in your awesomeness.

  3. I don’t think there can be anything more amazing than having an Author that you admire acknowledge you in some way. Congratulations! 🙂

  4. Congrats Dionne! I’m sure you will fill us all in when you’ve been there … how are you preparing? I suggest – grab a hairbrush, sit in front of a mirror and talk to yourself, lol. No, seriously, when i tried to plan for my radio appearance, it all went south. Not one question i thought they’d ask got asked :0S

    • Lol! I suppose if I talk in front of the mirror with a hairbrush it would be worth filming for uTube lol. I think I’ll just wing it—at least if I stuff it up I can say “hey but I didn’t practice.” 🙂

  5. Congrats! And just leave the car under the tree and more cool will happen.

  6. Fantastic, Dionne! You go girl. Hope to be there to wave from the back stalls! Your expertise as an indie author makes you perfect to sit on a writers panel.

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