Here’s the latest update from CEO Jane Fraser.

We love home visits – especially from creative types. We ran our second marketing night this month. These are sessions for Fremantle Press authors with new books scheduled for current and future years. Last time Annabel Smith, Natasha Lester authors and James Foley ran us through their hard-won social media tips. This month it was standing room only when Julie Hosking, editor of West Weekend magazine, presented on best interview techniques.

Three key tips were: be prepared for the interview, research where the article will appear and work out who the audience is. Julie also advised authors to think outside the box when considering what stories to tell, as the most obvious story is not always the best to promote a book.

In attendance was Robert Edeson, who won the 2012 T.A.G. Hungerford Award for his very ‘outside the box’ book The Weaver Fish. I mention him especially because we are in the process of reading manuscripts shortlisted for the 2014 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award. Sixty-one entries were submitted, from which judges Delys Bird, Susan Midalia and Richard Rossiter produced a longlist of 18 manuscripts and a shortlist for our attention. The judges said it had been a strong year with a number of submissions they felt were worthy of serious consideration.

The award is given to a full-length manuscript from a Western Australian author who has not previously been published in book form. Sponsored by the City of Fremantle, writingWA, The West Australian and Fremantle Press, winners receive a cash prize of $12,000 and a publishing contract with Fremantle Press.

Thank you to everyone who entered and good luck!

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