Today I was feeling a tad overwhelmed. Despite being a publisher for ten years, my first love is writing, and this means I am easily distracted. It is the process of creation I enjoy, rather than the necessity of maintenance!

The antidote to this antipathy: I wrote a list. (If you were curious, even if only for a second, as to what happens in a publisher’s day – well, here it is, on a platter.)

Emma Mactaggart / General Business

  • Email – yes, okay to use quote of mine for a book.
  • Rework PDF file to a word document to use in an autocue for an online workshop.
  • Newsletter for Child Writes – writing story / curating images.
  • Let web guy know newsletter ready for final construction and release.
  • Banking cheques! Doesn’t happen often!
  • Ring computer guy – can’t find files nor dropbox nor get printer working!


  • Process overnight orders for books.
  • Queensland Writers Centre initative – Books from Our Backyard – need to register all QLD writers published in 2015 by Boogie Books.
  • Liaise with the Freight Forwarder / Customs – two titles (Four Hot Chips / Mitten the Kitten) have landed in the country and are being unpacked at wharf in Brisbane!
  • Print orders for those two titles in anticipation of postage / handling on the weekend.
  • Book television interview with Ch7 re: Four Hot Chips
  • Contact: local radio / newspaper re: Four Hot Chips
  • Rebuilding titles for Stuck on You to generate Colouring In Books (cute!) – involves contacting author from 2006, rescanning images!
  • Amazon Sales report to bookkeeper
  • Putting stickers (Gold Moonbeam / Gold IPPY) on box of Imagine
  • Need to share Gold Moonbeam win with Queensland Writes Centre and Northern Rivers Writers Centre for Member’s News.
  • Dash to Post Office – illustrations for reimagined version of Lily Fabourama, Glamourama ready to be picked up!
  • Remember to pick up box of envelopes from Post Office (but only after I had driven home – had to go back again!)
  • Promotional Poster for 2014 CW Competition Winners for their own book sales signing days at independent bookstores.

Child Writes Program

  • Long list winners for the 2015 Child Writes Competition – generate certificates / send with prize.
  • All entrants – participation certificate for 2015 Child Writes Competition
  • Thank You emails for participants in 2015 St Anthony’s book launch.
  • Certificate to Peter Rookas for 10 years support of Child Writes
  • Legal Deposit – 2015 CW authors books to National Library of Australia and Queensland State Library.
  • Invoices generated for extra book orders from Child Writes 2015 authors


  • First round edit for author from Eisdvold (Child Writes 2011) with her second story!

Suffice it to say, I was a blithering mess by the end of it all, though deeply satisfied, as each of those notes above had a lovely TICK beside them. Not every day is as productive, yet everyday involves a huge range of tasks and challenges.

Now, where is my notebook, I just thought of an idea for a story…




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