No. 3 on the Red List, Coverfly…

Hey guys,

I was excited to see that my book had reached number 3 on Action Manuscript of the month and is Number 4 – Action Manuscript of the year.

This is on coverfly which is a database for screenwriters to host their screenplays or manuscripts.

“Our goal is to become the most efficient way for writers to be discovered by the entertainment industry, and the most trusted guide for emerging writers to achieve their goals…In addition to hosting your projects for free, Coverfly uses your project’s reviews from submissions to top-tier festivals, competitions, fellowships and coverage services to provide a measure of our confidence that an Industry professional would be interested in your screenplay.”

So, it is nice to have this opportunity to have my book up on this site. 🙂 My place has been earned by being the semi-finalist for the Cinematic Book Contest with Screencraft that I was informed of a few weeks ago.

Anyway, thanks for reading! If you’re curious about my book Where the Sun Rises it is available everywhere online in print and ebook. I will include an amazon link, but you can get it in print on Book Depository all around the world.

Have a great day! Kind regards, Suz

Andrew McGahan, award winning author dies at 52…

Hi guys, this is sad news for the Australian literary world and for Andrew McGahan’s friends and family. What a devastating loss of a lovely human being and an extremely talented writer.

McGahan has won a number of literary awards in Australia his first book, Praise, won the Vogel Award in 1991. Then his fourth book, The White Earth, won the Miles Franklin. He has written seven novels. He was sadly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer not that long ago. Read the article below, it talks about how he dealt with his diagnosis and his peace with the fact that he was dying. We have lost a talented writing force in Australia. RIP Andrew McGahan.


Amazing Memoir/Family History Retreat!

Hey guys,

I wanted to let you know about an event I will be part of coming up in March this year. If you are interested in writing memoirs or your family history this will be an amazing weekend to be inspired and also learn how to map, plan and create your memoir!

I will be speaking at the Saturday evening dinner, about how writing therapy intersects with writing our memoirs and how we can be free from aspects of our lives. This will be a fun dinner where we can all interact and get to know each other.

There are four other phenomenal writers who will be speaking at the retreat. Below is a list of the authors speaking and inspiring writers to write their memoirs or family history. Come along, connect with other writers, learn and expand your thinking, and have a fabulous time doing it. 🙂

Visit the link below to receive the full details and book the event. It will be an inspirational and refreshing two days!

Guest Speakers, Industry Professionals & Masterclass Presenters for 2019:

  • Aleesah Darlison – Multi-Published, Award-Winning Author, Guest Speaker & Owner of the Greenleaf Agency
  • Allison Paterson – Multi-Published Author, Historian and 2017 May Gibbs Children’s Literature Fellow
  • Suzanne Strong – Journalist, Author, Poet, Memoirist, Writing Tutor
  • Shelley Davidow – Multi-Published Author, Memoirist, USC Lecturer
  • Julieann Wallace – Author, Independent Publisher & Owner of Lilly Pilly Publishing

For more information about the Master Classes/Workshops/Pop Up Bookshops and much more on this relaxing Memoir and Family History Writing retreat visit the below link.

Memoir/Family History Writing Retreat, click here!

Maybe see you at the weekend.

Happy Writing! Suz


Famous authors who self published…

Hey everyone,

I thought I would write a post about self publishing and authors. I have come to know more and more about famous authors who self published and I think that we need to remove the stigma that is attached to self publishing.

I do believe that authors need to do the necessary editing and design for their self published books but a stigma simply because you self publish should go. At times in their lives famous authors have chosen to self publish as they believed in their work and wanted to get it out there. Some of these were extremely successful for example:

Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens paid the printer to produce the book and by Christmas 1843 it was the most successful book of the season. It sold six thousand copies and continued to sell into the following year. Within two months of the book’s publication, eight stage adaptations were produced.

Beatrix Potter – Peter Rabbit:
On December 16, 1901, a 35-year-old writer and illustrator printed 250 copies of her first book, about the wicked Peter Rabbit. After being rejected from many publishers Beatrix Potter decided to take control of her career.
She published The Tale of Peter Rabbit which included 41 black and white woodblock engravings and one colour illustration. This book proved so successful that, within a year, it was accepted by one of the publishers who had turned it down.
By the end of 1902, Frederick Warne had sold 20,000 copies of the book, with Potter’s own watercolour illustrations. But Potter didn’t stop there in 1903 she again took her career into her own hands and published The Tailor of Gloucester.

Ernest Hemingway (1899 – 1961)

Hemingway self-published his first collection, Three Stories and Ten Poems, during his first tour as a journalist in Paris (1923).

Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)

Although he was already a published essayist, he self-published Walden in 1854.

Virginia Woolf

Virginia Woolf, an English writer she is considered to be one of the most important female writers. She married the writer Leonard Woolf in 1912, and the two founded Hogarth Press in 1917. This publisher also published works by T. S. Eliot and Laurens vander Post.

Many of Woolf’s essays, short stories and novels that are now held in such high esteem were hand printed through this press. Virginia and Leonard wanted to publish books that commercial publishers may not choose to publish.

She was also published by Duckworth Press (the owner being her half brother), but it was believed she toned down her content for this publisher. Woolf wanted books to become a thing of beauty.

Ulysses, by James Joyce (1882-1941)

James Joyce self published Ulysses, which is considered one of the best novels ever

Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (aka Mark Twain) was not only a writer but also an entrepreneur, publisher and lecturer. Twain was already somewhat famous when he turned to self-publishing in 1884. He created a firm called Charles L. Webster & Co, after being unhappy with his previous publishers. Twain sought to earn a dual income as author and publisher and his first two American publications, The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin 1885) and the Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant (1885) were extremely successful.

Margaret Atwood

Atwood, a Canadian poet, novelist (The Handmaid’s Tale), literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist, and winner and shortlisted for many writing awards, in late 1961, she won the E. J. Pratt Medal for her self published book of poems, Double Persephone.

There are many more famous self published authors, but I have not included them all. I am not saying that we will all be famous and successful, but it is time to realise self publishing is not a thing to be ashamed of. Let’s seek to produce the best books we can and also I am with Virginia Woolf make them a beautiful piece of art. 🙂 Thanks for reading. 🙂

My two books below:



One day left to grab my book free!

Hey guys,

There’s one more day to be able to download my book. 🙂 This book of short stories explores different aspects of life, love, loss, compassion, forgiveness and redemption. It is an eclectic collection of stories that offer different perspectives on our lives and the stories are set in New York, Israel, Sydney and Brisbane. Feel free to post a review I would love to read it!

The book should be available in any country.  Thanks heaps for reading. 🙂 Suzanne



Graduating my Masters in Sydney :)


I am travelling to Sydney this week to graduate from Master of Arts, Creative Writing. It was three years of a lot of work but I have loved it immensely. Except for one subject haha… Now I am working on finishing my novel written last year for submission, it received a very good mark and comments and I was very pleased. It is now getting very close to a final manuscript. I am very excited. It will be good just to celebrate the end of my Masters. 🙂

Thanks for reading. 🙂

Kind regards, Suz

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