Australian Women Online magazine published an author profile on me, Karen Tyrrell and my unique story of student and parent abuse on a teacher, my mental breakdown and recovery, ME & HER: a Memoir of Madness …and my advice on HOW to get published.
“Kate Forsyth, Anita Heiss, Melina Marchetta, Kate Grenville, Margo Lanagan, Nikki Gemmell, Isobelle Carmody, Fiona McIntosh, Randa Abdel-Fatah, Nicole Murphy … Australian women are certainly up there with the best of them … paving the way for new and emerging women writers in Australia so that they too can tell their own extraordinary stories.”
“… Kimberley Gaal, Charmaine Clancy, Emma Gibson and Karen Tyrrell… shared with me the joys and challenges of writing, their diverse journeys in getting their stories published, and their words of wisdom for other up and coming writers.”
“Parents at her school …dished out spoken, written and psychological abuse on a daily basis, so Karen fled. She was found hiding in a lonely motel by police who then ‘forcibly incarcerated me into a psyche hospital where I developed an obsessive compulsion to write and I haven’t stopped.”
“Karen was diagnosed with bipolar disorder but with the staunch support of her family and friends, Karen recovered and wrote her long awaited first book Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness this year. Me and Her provides “a deeper understanding of mental illness and how we’re all vulnerable” and is a guide to help others to recover.
“Like all new and emerging writers, Karen says there are many challenges on the road to publication. ‘New books must be unique, of the highest publishing standard and highly marketable to stand out. E-books lead the way to the future BUT unfortunately there’s many D grade eBooks. Make sure your writing is A grade in theme, structure, editing and will hook the reader in.”
“Writers should build their writers’ platform by working out their brand or niche,” Karen explained. “Self-promote and network on social media on a world wide scale.”
“Karen’s advice to new writers? ‘NEVER, EVER give up. Keep believing you’ll get published.”
Thanks Belladonna for this incredible opportunity to share my gutsy recovery story.
READ #20 pages of ME & HER: a Memoir of Madness here.
I LOVED the way Belladonna created our four author profiles and tied together our publishing tips. Special congrats to fellow writers: Charmaine Clancy, Emma Gibson, Kimberly Gaal and Nicole Murphy…Read the full story on Emerging Australian Women Writers
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