Well, it’s safe to say, this week I experienced possibly THE highlight of my writing career so far and there have been a lot of wonderful moments.
But on Thursday night I attended the Australian Book Industry Awards at the New South Wales Art Gallery – my book THE PATERSON GIRLS was on the shortlist and this was such a surprising and wonderful honour in itself, but I honestly never imagined that it would WIN!
So imagine my utter surprise when Juliet Ridden, editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly, announced the winner and said ‘The Patterson Girls by Rachael Johns.’ I was sitting at a table with my wonderful publishers and it was such a special moment!! I managed to take the stage without falling in high heels (hey, I rarely wear such things) and hopefully thanked all the people who helped make this happen.
Me and my wonderful publisher, Sue Brockhoff!
The evening was a wonderful celebration of Aussie publisher and authors and of course the current worrying issue of The Productivity Commission Report was on everyone’s minds and spoken about by many of the speakers and award winners. This is a worrying time for Australian authors, publishers and therefore readers. If you care about Aussie publishing, please take the time to learn more about what the recommendations of this report mean for the industry and voice your horror to your local government ministers. To learn more, read this fabulous speech by Richard Flanagan that he presented on the night.
Some of the fabulous team from Harlequin Books that were there on the night!!
Lastly, I want to extend my congratulations to the lovely and hugely talented Annabel Blay, Senior Editor at Harlequin Books Australia for receiving the Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship. Honestly, couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person. x