Just Write for Kids ‘Quick Six’ Interview with Carolyn Martinez (aka Cate Sawyer)
Crisis of Epic Proportions
Finding Your Authorly Voice
Publicity … The Necessary Evil
Sydney as a Choice Setting in the Words of Patricia Leslie
K M Steele and Why All Authors Should Go Regional
Kylie Chan – On Writing, Publishing and Marketing
Examining Life Under a Different Lens – Fantasy Author Bernadette Rowley
Rachel Amphlett – Crime Fiction and Espionage Thriller Author
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It’s Raining Shoes – Imaginative play is the best kind of play!
OUT NOW … Discombobulated
AVAILABLE NOW – The Umbilical Family
OUT NOW – Places to Poop
Inspiring IVF Stories
Finding Love Again (A Guide to)


  • carolynTo connect with Carolyn Martinez to appear as a speaker please use our Contact page. Popular presentations for writers are:

    • Show Not Tell
    • Culling Excess Words, and Deepening Point of View
    • Developing Non-Fiction Ideas for Publication
    • Paths to Publishing – Traditional Versus Self Publishing (a panel of 2-4 authors).
    • Self-Publishing – You’ve Written Your Masterpiece, Now What?
    • Polishing Your Resume – one-on-one service for library members


    “Carolyn’s workshop was both productive and fun. I feel confident that our group is now well-informed on when to use Deep Point of View. Greatly appreciated her effort to share her personal and professional knowledge. It was a real pleasure to meet her,” Ornig Elena, Helensvale Writers Group.

    “I needed to create a professional cover letter / application and resume. Being able to work alongside Carolyn was an absolute pleasure. I recommend Carolyn to everyone. I got the promotion!” Tahlia Williams.

    ‘Thank you for the helpful seminar, the information was excellent,’ Alan Ketley.

    ‘I attended the ‘Paths to Publishing’ forum. Thank you so much for sharing your considerable knowledge and experience of the publishing world. I gained a number of valuable insights from you,’ Diane Clarke.



    Show Not Tell (Presenter: Carolyn Martinez)
    Friday 5th July 2019 – Redcliffe Library – 6:30pm – 8pm Cost: FREE

    Developing Non-Fiction Ideas Through to Publication (Presenter: Carolyn Martinez) Saturday 10 August 2019, 10:30am – midday Cost: FREE

    Pathways to Publication: Traditional Versus Self Publishing (Q&A Panel featuring authors Kylie Kaden, Carolyn Martinez, K M Steele, and David Bobis)
    Cost: FREE. Multiple dates and venues in 2019 –
    Thursday 10 October 6:30pm – 8pm Capalaba Library.
    Tuesday 22 October 6pm – 7pm Chermside Library.
    Saturday 9 November 10am – 11am Kenmore Library.
    Sunday 17 November 11am – midday Brisbane Square Library.
    Saturday 30 November 10am – 11am Carindale Library.


    Brisbane Book Authors (BBA) is a non-profit, social networking / information sharing group and members are traditional or Indie published authors. Group meets at 6:30pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, usually at Mitchelton Library. Members range from 65+ books, through to 20+, 6-10 and a few with 1 or 2. Guest speaker topics range across issues associated with being a working writer, through to topical social issues to inform character development eg. Public Speaking, Book Launches People Want to Attend, The Importance of Place, Digital Marketing; to name a few.

    BBA was formed in January 2015 as a social networking avenue to support published authors. The group was created by Carolyn Martinez who was inspired by a similar group in Newcastle NSW. We currently have 22 members.

    For more information or to register interest email Carolyn through the contact form on this site. New members welcomed. When sending an attendance query please include a link to your author website or details of your published book/s.

    *** What members have to say about BBA: C T Mitchell ‘About a year or so ago I joined a local author group in Brisbane. There is a huge talent pool inside this group which meets monthly to discuss all things ‘books’ – or we just head to a local restaurant, have dinner, knock back a few chardies and talk gibberish. Carolyn Martinez is the Chief Chick – the ‘el honcho’ and she’s done a wonderful job of organising this group of misfits, getting in some top notch speakers and growing the group. Money Bags Davide A Cottone keeps us financial. Kylie Kayden, Deborah Disney, Debbie Terranova, Amy Andrews, Bernadette Rowley, Janet Akroyd-Stuart, Dean Blake, K M Steele are just a few of the rockstars in the group. If you’re an author ‘looking for a home’ contact Carolyn and get yourself along to a catch up. You’ll love it!’ ***

    BBA members contribute $10 each meeting to secure quality guest speakers. There are no membership fees to be part of BBA. Any excess funds are used as collectively voted by members towards a Christmas function.

    Coordinator – Carolyn Martinez

    2IC – Kylie Kaden

    Treasurer – Davide Cottone

    Meeting Etiquette

    BBA meetings focus on the craft and life of writing. It is a chance for members to collectively network, share, learn, and solve problems relating to writing life post-publication.

    At meetings, members:

    • Are respectful of others and their work;
    • Encourage everyone to contribute to the discussion;
    • Express criticisms or critiques in a positive and constructive manner;
    • Keep to the allocated time period when speaking;
    • Keep the discussion focussed on writing.

    (Note:  BBA is a non-profit social group. Hawkeye Publishing is a sponsor of BBA).