Career Milestones

Because I work full-time in a job that is unrelated to creative writing, I like to use this page to track some cool milestones in my writing career:

Career Milestones
July 14, 2020

First time being Shortlisted for an award

First time being Shortlisted for an award

My short story “Metronomy” is shortlisted for the 2020 Apollo Bay WordFest Short Story Award! Apollo Bay WordFest is a literary event held annually on the last weekend of July.

November 1, 2019

Published by Lonely Planet

Published by Lonely Planet

By 2019 I have been published by some very cool places (including Writers Bloc and Australian literary journal Going Down Swinging). In November 2019 I get to add another feather to my cap, this time being published online by renowned travel authority Lonely Planet and credited as “Emma Michelle: Lonely Planet writer.”

April 3, 2019

First Reading Event

First Reading Event

After managing to avoid much of a reading at my 2017 book launch, in 2019 I get to do my first proper reading. This is arranged by my writing group and held at a wine bar off Hardware Lane, crammed inside a cellar at the bottom of a spiral staircase. Among the walls of wine and a lovely, earthy smell (we were literally underground a.f.) I get to read aloud a new short story I am working on.

September 24, 2018

Win my first writing award

Win my first writing award

In September 2018 it is announced that I have been awarded the inaugural Freefall Writing Freedom to Write Scholarship. The Scholarship supports fledgling writers by providing access to a week-long immersive and generative writing workshop, and in early October I attending the Daylesford Writing Retreat to start a new project and learn more about Freefall Writing.

June 26, 2018

My writing is used as a teaching resource

April 16, 2018

Invoice a former employer for sold copies of my book

Invoice a former employer for sold copies of my book

Okay, this one is a bit silly, but in April 2018 I send an invoice to Dymocks Tuggeranong for copies of my book Watching Cartoons with Boys that they have sold in their store. Having worked there for about 3 years before moving to Melbourne, it is a surreal and special moment in my writing career.

February 21, 2018

First appearance in a magazine

First appearance in a magazine

An article I wrote is published in Issue 1/2018 of Farrago Magazine. This represents the first time my work appears in a printed magazine (later that year I am also published in Orenda Magazine).

November 29, 2017

first in-person interview

first in-person interview

Following the publication of my book, I do my first ever in-person interview. Despite feeling anxious (and my responses being typed out verbatim!) I manage not to disappear into the ground and (hopefully) not sound like a total idiot. This is counted as a win.

November 23, 2017

First book launch

First book launch

My self-published book Watching Cartoons with Boys is officially launched at Brunswick Bound bookstore in Melbourne. At the launch I am able to thank all of the people who helped with getting the book finished, including friends who were there to write alongside me at the library/pub/cafe, or who even proofread chapters and offered feedback and edits.

November 20, 2017

My writing is reviewed for the first time

My writing is reviewed for the first time

Underground Writers zine review my upcoming self-published book Watching Cartoons with Boys, calling it “nostalgic, clever and funny… a reminder of all the ways that cartoons intersect with and reflect our own lives.” This is the first published review of my work I have ever received, so naturally I am very excited.

July 1, 2017

Published in Print for the first time

Published in Print for the first time

Birdcatcher Books publish the short stories that were longlisted for their 2016 short story competition in an anthology called Crossroads. My story “Like Siamese” appears inside, and this represents the first time that my writing appears in print.

November 25, 2016

First time being Longlisted for an award

First time being Longlisted for an award

My short story “Like Siamese” is longlisted for the 2016 Birdcatcher Books Short Story Award. This is the first short story I have submitted to any competition, so I am very proud!

July 17, 2016

First paid writing gig

First paid writing gig

After building a small portfolio of published articles, my article “‘Don’t let me disappear’: Trauma narrative in The Catcher in the Rye” is published online by Kill Your Darlings. This is both my first paid gig as a writer, and first article to appear in a renowned Australian literary journal.

June 12, 2016

Finished first draft of Rare Birds

Finished first draft of Rare Birds

When I was nineteen I wrote an 80,000 word… document. After 7 years and about 1000 re-writes, it became the first draft of a novel that was ready to send to an editor.

January 29, 2016

ABC Radio refer to me as “A Melbourne Writer”

ABC Radio refer to me as “A Melbourne Writer”

Following another article published online by The Conversation, I am invited to speak with Dominic Knight on ABC Local Radio. During this interview, I am very proud to be introduced as and referred to as “a Melbourne writer.” I. Have. Arrived.

January 27, 2016

Republished by The New Zealand Herald

Republished by The New Zealand Herald

An article that I co-wrote with A/Prof Elizabeth Maxwell for The Conversation (“Six years on: the enduring influence of J. D. Salinger”) is republished online by The New Zealand Herald. In print, The New Zealand Herald has the largest circulation of all newspapers in New Zealand.

July 16, 2015

First Radio Interview

First Radio Interview

Following the online publication of my first article I am invited to do my first ever radio interview. I speak to Nakkiah Lui (who is now one of my writing idols) on the Evenings program of ABC Local Radio. The interview is broadcast across Sydney, Canberra, and NSW state-wide.

July 16, 2015

Published online for the first time

Published online for the first time

J. D. Salinger: the little-known legacy of one of the world’s most-read authors,” co-written with A/Prof Elizabeth Maxwell, is published online by The Conversation. It is the 4th most-read article associated with The University of Melbourne that month, attracting 30,000+ clicks through republishing on sites like Scroll.in and Digg.