From Brain to Book - Authors & Publishers

Join local author Dr L.J.M. Owen and Echo Publishing commissioning editor Angela Meyer as they demystify the process of writing and publishing a book.

In December 2014 L.J. posted Olmec Obituary, her first novel and the beginning of a Canberra-based crime fiction series, on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter. Five days later Angela spotted it online and the rest, as they say, is history. Echo published Olmec Obituary in November 2015 and has just released the second book in the series, Mayan Mendacity.

In this Muse Sunday Salon L.J. will describe her experience of writing a book, getting an offer from a publisher and the occasionally disorientating world of traditional publishing from an author’s point of view. Angela will discuss what catches her eye, how she signs new authors and what the process of publishing looks like from the inside.

There will be plenty of time for questions about the joys and challenges of bringing books to life.

Dr L.J.M. Owen, author of the 'Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth' series, escapes dark and shadowy days as a public servant by exploring the comparatively lighter side of life: murder, mystery and forgotten women’s history. Recipes in the series are tested under strict feline supervision. L.J. will sign copies of Olmec Obituary and Mayan Mendacity at the conclusion of the salon.

Angela Meyer is a commissioning editor for Echo Publishing, an imprint of Bonnier Publishing Australia. She is also the author of a book of flash fiction, Captives (Inkerman & Blunt), and has published short stories, essays and reviews in Best Australian StoriesIslandCrikeyThe AustralianThe Lifted BrowKillings and many other publications.

Tickets: $10 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink)

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