Following Our Dreams


When I first signed up as a contributor to Aussie Owned and Read, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I had no idea at the time how lucky I was to have the chance to work with such an amazing and talented bunch of girls.

2013 saw a lot of us achieve our dreams, and 2014 is our chance to keep those dreams alive.

Since it’s the start of what we all hope will be another fantastic year, I thought it would be nice to have a bit of a recap of our achievements for 2013, and also what’s to come for 2014 and beyond.

Lauren
2013:

  • Signed to Escape Publishing, a Harlequin Australia imprint for the release of Finding Home (Contemporary YA) – went on sale October 1, 2013
  • Launched freelance editing business in July, now run off feet with clients (yay!)
  • Won Runner Up Editor of the Year in the Publishers Australia Awards for 2013

2014:

  • Releasing my NA Contemporary The Problem With Crazy, self-publishing on February 13
  • Working on NA Contemporaries The Act of Dying and Asher to Ashes
  • Exhibiting at Indie Authors Down Under on the Gold Coast (March) and Book Expo in Sydney (August)
  • Oh, and getting married :p

Stacey

2013:

  • Signed to Entranced Publishing, for the release of The Collective Series (YA Speculative Fiction – 4 books)

2014:

  • Releasing Book 1, Forget Me Not, Entranced publishing on February 17
  • Releasing Book 2, Remember Me, Entranced publishing on August 11
  • Working on books 3 & 4 due to release in 2015, plus a YA SciFi and a YA High Fantasy that were drafted last year
  • Exhibiting at Book Expo in Sydney (August) and attending RWA 2014 also in August

Sharon

2013

  • Was the Marketing Director for Entranced Publishing but stepped down due to lack of sleep working 3 jobs
  • Am an editorial intern for Entangled publishing
  • Received an offer on SLEEPER 48 hours after submitting my full with Entranced, and was offered a contract for the full series, which is being finalised at present
  • Became a debut author: Sleeper (Toy Soldiers #1) released December 1, 2013
  • Got WAY TOO MANY plot bunnies and started writing a lot of them
  • Finished Dirty Rainbow (set in the distant future where men are extinct) and it was selected for PitchMAS so am waiting for responses to requests for that
  • Worked on Deserter (sequel to Sleeper), Karma (novel version of my Australian Literary Review short story comp runner up entry), The Living List and a secret co-author project
  • Cohosted PitchMadness…twice.

2014

  • Hosting Pitch Madness again in March and September
  • Mentor for Sun vs Snow  pitch contest
  • Mentor and blog host for new pitch contest NestPitch at Easter
  • Coordinating Australian Writers blog hop: From Australia with Love

Cassandra

2013:

  • Signed with Turquouse Morning Press for the release of Isla’s trilogy (YA urban fantasy)

2014:

  • Isla’s Inheritance will be released in the Australian spring
  • Querying a separate manuscript, Lucid Dreaming

2015:

  • Books two and three of Isla’s series will be released in the first half of 2015

Katie

2013:

2014:

  • Kiya: Rise of a New Dynasty (Kiya Trilogy Book 3) is due for release February 25, 2014
  • Branded is still without a release date. It’s being published through Soul Mate Publishing
  • Curiosity Quills will also be publishing Deceptive Cadence and Indecisive Cadence in 2014
  • I work as an Acquisitions Editor with Curiosity Quills, and am working on opening a LDS small press with a friend soon.
  • I am currently querying Dancing in the Athenian Rain and Princess of Tyrone with agents and currently have several fulls and partials out for both.

Suse

2013

  • Working on several WIPs (Reliant, Willa’s Garden, Withering Memories)and generally being awesome
  • Went to Bali and got inspiration for a new book
  • Read heaps of books…not sure how many…but heaps!

K. A.

2013:

  • Fall For Me (The Tate Chronicles, #1) self-published and released January 17, 2013
  • Sacrifice – A Fall For Me Prequel (The Tate Chronicles, #0.5) self-published and released May 24, 2013
  • Bound (The Tate Chronicles, #0.6) self-published and first released September 12, 2013

2014:

  • Immagica due for release January 28, 2014
  • Exhibiting at Indie Authors Down Under on the Gold Coast (March) and Book Expo in Sydney (August)
  • Working on completing The Tate Chronicles with Suffering and Fight For Me in the works

Emily

2013:

  • Got to the agent round of the Like a Virgin pitch contest, and still have a full out with an agent
  • Started an internship with Entranced
  • Participated in both Camp NaNoWriMo (July) and NaNoWriMo

2014:

Cait

2013:

  • Wrote 5 first drafts
  • Signed with my agent (!!) Polly Nolan of Greenhouse Literary UK
  • Read 100 books

2014:

  • Redraft something (fingers crossed)
  • Revise my high fantasy book with my agent
  • Survive until Mockingjay is in cinemas (harder than it sounds)

Heather

2013:

  • Started as Sharon’s author assistant
  • Joined Aussie Owned – yay!
  • Rewrote both Illusion of a Majesty and A Life in Death
  • Entered PitchMas in July and Dec and received two requests both times (but only sent out one)

2014:

  • Finishing edits on both MSs
  • Fingers crossed will start to query them both in the next month or so

 

K. A. Last is a YA author of Fall For Me and Sacrifice. She drinks lots of tea, is obsessed with Buffy, and loves all things pink. K. A. Last hangs out on Facebook or you can find her on twitter and Goodreads. She’s also been known to blog once in a while.

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