Ep 297 How to improve your book with beta readers. And meet Joe Gorman, author of ‘Heartland’

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In Episode 297 of So You Want To Be A Writer: Meet Joe Gorman, author of Heartland and discover how to improve your book with beta readers. There are three copies of Bake Australia Great by Katherine Sabbath up for grabs. Plus, the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers longlist has been announced with five AWC alumni making it onto the list.

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Show Notes

Richell Prize for Emerging Writers 2019 Longlist Announcement

Beta Readers: The Key To Improving Your Manuscript

Writers in Residence

Joe Gorman

Joe Gorman is an independent journalist, author, casual academic, and the 2019 Tom Brock Scholar.

His journalism has been published in the Guardian, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, the Courier-Mail, Overland, New Matilda, Sports Illustrated, Penthouse and SBS.

He has made television and radio appearances on Al Jazeera, Copa90, Deutsche Welle, and the ABC, and delivered lectures, workshops, and tutorials at the Sydney Writers Festival, the Somerset Celebration of Literature, Professional Footballers Australia, and the Business School at the University of Technology in Sydney.

In 2015 he was nominated for a Walkley Award for sports journalism and an Australian Sports Commission media award for the best analysis of the business of sport.

In 2017 his first book, The Death and Life of Australian Soccer, was hailed as “one of the best and most important written on Australian sport” by the Age, and long-listed for the Walkley Book Award. His second book, Heartland: How rugby league explains Queensland, is out now via UQP.

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