Today's guest post is by my husband Fikret Pajalic on a talk he attended by journal editors Blaise van Hecke and Les Zigomanis.
Last night I attended a talk by the publishers and editors of 'Untitled' and 'Page 17' literary journals, Blaise and Les for Busybird Publishing and Design at Caroline Springs library.
Blaise and Les shared with us their enormous wealth of invaluable information on how they got into writing and more specifically into publishing and editing side of the industry. They concentrated mostly (to our collective delight) on how to get published and on editing as well.
In almost two hours they gave us great tips of what to do and what not to do, lots of advice worth in gold (seriously, if you get published you get paid, every writer's dream). They answered heaps of questions with patience and great detail.
Both Blaise and Les were immensely charismatic with great rapport and energy flowing between them and then to us. They sat at our table and presented their stuff in very easy going, easy to understand manner, approachable and precise. I really like that there was none of the preachy attitude, but rather, 'we're here to help you' kind of a talk. It was a wonderful night and I am so glad I made an effort to see Blaise and Les from Busybird Publishing.
If you ever get a chance to attend one of their workshops/talks I strongly recommend you go. You won't be disappointed. In fact I guarantee you will walk away richer for the experience.
I also purchased the last issues of 'Untitled' and 'Page 17' magazines at discounted prices (Thanks Blaise) and am looking forward to reading them.
I would like to thank Blaise and Les for taking time to come to talk to us and to Emily Wark from Caroline Springs Library for organising this magnificent event.
Amra Pajalić is an award-winning author, an editor and teacher who draws on her Bosnian cultural heritage to write own voices stories for young people, who like her, are searching to mediate their identity and take pride in their diverse culture. She writes memoir, young adult and romance under the pen name Mae Archer.
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