About MA Hudson

What I've learnt about writing & the publishing industry...

​Ideas are easy. Shaping an idea into a novel is the tricky part.

It's unlikely anyone will steal your ideas. Everyone's too busy working on their own amazing concepts.

There are thousands more unpublished writers than there are publishers looking for new talent.

Getting a publishing deal is hard but actually selling your books is even harder.

Everything in publishing moves at a glacial pace.

Only bestselling authors get a big  marketing budget from their publishers.

If your book doesn’t sell within a certain amount of time, it gets sent back to the publisher. ​And if you don’t earn out your advance, it’s even harder getting a second book published.

Everyone's got different tastes in books - just as they have different tastes in clothes and food.

The average reader only buys about 5 books a year, and usually by an author whose work they  already know.

Where do you live?
Sydney, Australia

What were your favourite books when you were a kid?
Tom Sawyer and Anne of Green Gables.

Three things people may not know about you?
1. I spent my first birthday on the plane emigrating from Chile
2. I was captain of my high school cricket team
3. I don't love cake but have a very soft spot for scones

When did you realise you wanted to be a writer?
When I sat down to illustrate a picture book and enjoyed writing the story more than doing the drawings.

Some of the books my kids love...

Some of the books I loved when I was a kid...