The Illustrator by Jill Barclay

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The Illustrator by Jill Barclay (2018)

Forthcoming publication by Sevenpens 7 July 2018

The Illustrator is based on Jill Barclay’s real grandmother, a woman who just disappears. All her life Eileen is sure of one thing – her love of drawing and the desire to be a commercial artist. In the 1920s, Eileen’s talents are well recognised in the Goulburn Valley where she is a farmer’s daughter, but this is a place and time when women can only be wives, mothers and homemakers. A woman choosing a career over her husband and baby is unheard of.

‘Written with an acute eye for the period and a sympathy for the distressing choices a woman might be forced to make The Illustrator offers an alternative history for being female and not ordinary in the first half of last century.’   Helen Elliott

Time and place are brilliantly evoked in Jill Barclay’s The Illustrator, which opens in rural Victoria and moves on to Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland. The novel traces the unpredictable life journey of a young woman who resists conventional expectations. Deftly shaped and written with imaginative power, this haunting novel confronts us with the mystery of a self-driven personality.’   Brenda Niall

Jill Barclay’s The Illustrator demonstrates such richness of imagination, the writing is evocative and full of charm, and the story crackles with unforgettable moments – I was immediately transported.’    Louise Swinn

Available to purchase at Jill Barclay Books

How to Publish Your Book

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If you’ve written a novel, memoir, poetry collection, or work of non-fiction and want to get it published, the traditional way is to send your manuscript to an agent and/or publisher in the hope they will offer a contract. Alternatively, online print-on-demand has revolutionised the industry and you might be considering the popular path of self-publishing.

Being in control of each aspect of book production and maximizing the money that can be made provides a huge incentive to self-publish and brings tremendous satisfaction. Managing each part of the publishing process, however, is no small task. Publishing a book can seem more daunting than writing one. Receiving guidance from a qualified editor and designer, from manuscript assessment through to marketing, will give you and your book the best opportunity for success.

Sevenpens Publishing services offers authors advice on how to submit a manuscript, making sure your work is in the best possible shape before you take it to agents or publishers, and can assist in any or all of the steps required to self-publish your book to the same high standards as a major publishing company.

Sevenpens Publishing was established by Katherine Seppings who has worked in publishing and promotions as an illustrator, designer, photographer, writer, editor, and distributor, in Australia, London and New York, since the 1970s. She understands the time and effort writers put into their work and has all the skills to bring out the best in your book. Qualified in Graphic Design, Photography, and Professional Writing and Editing, Katherine provides highly experienced support in:

  • Manuscript assessment
  • Structural and copy editing
  • Creating a book proposal
  • Book production – design and layout
  • A team of proof readers
  • Marketing and distribution, promotion and launch
  • Online print-on-demand and listing to sell your book worldwide

‘Apollo Bay hills and cloud’ photograph by Katherine Seppings