Robin Bower is a writer and accredited editor with more than 20 years publishing experience in Australia and overseas. She was publisher/managing editor for a magazine in Hong Kong, where she reported on the diamond industry in Asia and Europe. She taught Writing, Editing and Publishing at Curtin University, Perth, and has had 50 articles published in publications based in Hong Kong, Perth and Melbourne. Robin holds a Master of Creative Writing from the University of Canberra. She lives with her husband in Perth, Western Australia.
Introduce yourself, your writing style and books
I live in my hometown of Perth on the west coast of Australia now but managed to escape and live in other places of the world. I’ve lived in Melbourne, Hong Kong and London working as an editor and writer. For more than 20 years, I’ve worked as an editor and publishing professional in the areas of business, education and trade in books and magazines. I was the managing editor/publisher of a jewellery and diamond trade publisher in Hong Kong where I learnt how to schmooze on an international scale and travelled the world looking at diamonds. I taught writing and editing at Curtin University in Perth, and have a Master of Creative Writing from the University of Canberra. It’s hard to describe one’s own writing style. I think my writing is easy-to-read and descriptive with a strong sense of place. The setting becomes a character in its own right. I want readers to identify with what the characters are going through, to laugh and to cry with them. If I’ve achieved this, I’m happy.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Keep writing, keep persisting at everything to do with the craft. Practise, join writers’ groups, associations, network, submit to publications and enter competitions. Travel as much as you can (but avoid cruises), meet the locals, experience the colour and the every day. Listen to language everywhere you can and note it down — trains, buses, family gatherings, work, school — everywhere. Keep honing your craft but start something new often. Have several projects on the go at the same time. Read your favourite genres and authors. Then read outside your genre. Keep submitting, keep writing, self-publish eBooks while you’re working on the next great novel. Build it and they will come…
As an indie author and someone with more than 20 years in the publishing industry in Australia and internationally, Robin Bower takes aspiring authors through the main steps of publishing a book, shows the differences between commercial publishing and self-publishing, and looks at the financial aspects — how much it costs and how much you can make. All in a 15-minute read!