Rachel Amphlett has signed a four book deal with publisher Luzifer Verlag

Author Rachel Amphlett, whose recent crime thriller Scared to Death introduced Detective Kay Hunter to readers last month, has today signed a four book deal with publisher, Luzifer Verlag.

The deal secures the worldwide German rights to Rachel’s Dan Taylor espionage series, already popular with readers for a number of years in the English language.

What makes the deal even more extraordinary is that Rachel is one of a growing number of authors taking matters into their own hands and choosing to self-publish.

Winner of our Shortlist Competition

As part of the 20th Anniversary Ned Kelly Awards celebrations we ran a competition to guess the winners. The trick was to get all 3 categories right, and to get your entry in first.

You needed to guess Best First: Quota by Jock Serong; Best True Crime: This House of Grief by Helen Garner and Best Crime: Eden by Candice Fox 

And we're happy to advise that our winner Devita has been advised and the books are being packed up and sent on their way now.

Announcing the 2015 Ned Kelly Winners

Acclaimed author, journalist and screenwriter Helen Garner has won the 2015 Ned Kelly Award for Australia’s Best True Crime book for ‘This House of Grief – the Story of a Murder Trial’.

It is the second Ned Kelly Award for Garner, who picked up her previous award ten years ago with ‘Joe Cinque’s Consolation’ – another account of a murder that involved revenge, jealousy and betrayal.

National Survey of Australian Authors

ACWA is pleased to inform our members about a major national research project into the creative and work practices of contemporary Australian book authors.

The research examines authors’ experiences of promotion, epublishing, self-publishing, income, piracy and their responses to changing expectations on the part of readers and publishers.

An online survey is open during the month of February 2015 and the ACWA would like to encourage all our members who meet the eligibility criteria to participate. The key eligibility question is:

2014 Ned Kelly Winners

Belfast born, Australian resident, Adrian McKinty has won the 2014 Ned Kelly Award for crime fiction for his novel IN THE MORNING I’LL BE GONE, newcomer Candice Fox won the Best First Fiction for her horror/thriller HADES, documentary maker and journalist John Safran won the best True Crime Award for MURDER IN MISSISSIPPI and the Sandra Harvey Award goes to Emma Viskic for WEB DESIGN