Author Archives: Danielle de Valera

About Danielle de Valera

Award-winning Australian author. Editor, mentor. manuscript assessor since 1992.

So yew trust yaw computer to cheque yaw spelling?

  Your computer can check the spelling in your fiction for you, but it won’t pick up your typos and it won’t pick up wrong gender adjectives, such as blond for blonde, where the owner of the hair is female. … Continue reading

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Manuscript Layout for Australian Publishers

The advice below is meant to serve as help for writers trying to have their work traditionally published in Australia. It can also be used by short story writers entering Australian competitions.  ~ Do not align the RH margin — … Continue reading

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Submitting Manuscripts to Agents/Publishers

I fell over this image while looking on the web for a suitable image of an agent. It’s actually an ad for a typewriter. The one shown here is so old they’re calling it ‘a writing machine’ in the sales … Continue reading

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Ten Ways to Make Certain Your Novel Won’t be Published Traditionally

1.   Don’t redraft on the grounds that you don’t want to lose the spontaneity of your work. 2.   If you do decide to do the 8+ drafts necessary to make someone take you seriously, you insist on doing them online, … Continue reading

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