About

Hawkeye… an eye on detail since 2002. We’re sticklers for quality, wanting to be involved in producing books – across all formats – that leave a footprint with readers. We treat with reverence, superior, original story-telling. We sign talented wordsmiths and artists.

Hawkeye is a small trade publishing house based in Brisbane, staffed by four and supported by a passionate group of volunteers who love words. We are singularly focussed on seeing publishing thrive in Australia.

Where You Can Find Our Books

In all good bookstores and libraries, and online at Hawkeye Books or Booktopia to have your books delivered direct to your door.

Our Authors

Since March 2020 we have signed:

  1. Anne Freeman
  2. Bryn Smith
  3. Camille Booker
  4. Cate Sawyer
  5. Edita Mujkic
  6. Eila Jameson-Avey
  7. Fay Lee
  8. Gabriella Kelly-Davies
  9. Jack Roney
  10. J. E. Miller
  11. K. M. Steele
  12. Khaiah Thomson
  13. Lawrey Goodrick
  14. L. E. Daniels
  15. Michel Vimal du Monteil
  16. Natalie Kile
  17. Nicole Kelly
  18. Sally Lynch

For the Writing Community

Hawkeye Publishing hosts the non-profit, annual Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Competition and the Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize. Any profit is used as prize money the following year.

News Features

Peruse the News page at Hawkeye Books for features on books, authors, competitions, and the writing and publishing industry.

Our People:

Photo of Carolyn Martinez, Director of Hawkeye Publishing and Hawkeye Books.

Carolyn Martinez, Director is an Editor, Literary Competition Judge, Author, and owner of Hawkeye Publishing and Hawkeye Books. The former newspaper editor has a MA (Writing) through Swinburne University, Australia, and a published portfolio spanning 30 years. Carolyn teaches The Art of Self-Editing, Developing Non-Fiction Ideas Through to Publication, Show Not Tell, and Winning Short Story Competitions. She appears as a panellist for Pathways to Publication. She is author of 3 non-fiction books, and 5 children’s books. She is a sought-after editor.

Silvana Nagl, Author Publicist is a skilled communications practitioner with over 20 years experience. She has worked in broadcast media, in the music industry and for a variety of businesses in publicity, community relations and marketing. She is a qualified Counsellor & Pastoral Carer, and a passionate advocate for the arts and creativity, particularly writing.  She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations. 

C. T. Mitchell, Guest Writing Competition Judge. C T Mitchell is an Amazon bestselling author of mystery short reads and novels with a thriller edge. He is multiple 5 star recipient in the 2017 Readers Choice Awards for his novel Murder Secret. Street educated, Australian-born C T Mitchell has traveled the world in his business dealings encountering many interesting characters; some outright crooks. He brings these experiences as well as a love for mystery thrillers to his writing. His fast-paced Detective Jack Creek Mysteries weave together traditional police procedural practice, global locations, and a hint of thrillers. Described by readers as “Rebus in a Valentino suit” Jack Creed is the ‘hard copper’ you want on your case.

Kylie Kaden, Guest Writing Competition Judge. Since being plucked from the Random House slush pile, Brisbane writer Kylie Kaden is now an internationally published author of women’s fiction. Kylie followed her breakthrough debut Losing Kate, with another critically acclaimed suspenseful read, Missing You, in 2015. And her third book, The Day the Lies Began published by Pantera Press in 2019 flew off the shelves at K-Mart and made the list of Top 50 Australian Reads in the Australian Women’s Weekly.

Hawkeye Publishing’s History

Hawkeye debuted in 2002 publishing a community newspaper – The Westerner. Under our stewardship The Westerner newspaper doubled in size.

Carolyn Martinez sold The Westerner in 2006, becoming a Communications Consultant including equipping self-published authors to produce quality books. The passion for producing memorable books grew from there.

In March 2020, under the mentorship of David Reiter from Interactive Publications, Hawkeye Publishing debuted as a trade publishing house, intent on offering trade pathways for new and emerging authors who had been squeezed out of larger publishing houses.

Hawkeye’s list contains numerous award winners including: Welcome to Blackwood, Returning to Adelaide, Magnus Nights: The Helios Incident, Breaking Through the Pain Barrier: The extraordinary life of Dr Michael J. Cousins, Lament, and What If You Fly. You can view all Hawkeye’s terrific titles here.

Working with our authors through their Structural and Line Edits to distil their manuscripts to their fullest potential has been rewarding for our authors and staff alike. And we know all that effort will be most appreciated by readers.

Hawkeye’s Mentor into Traditional Publishing

Interactive Publications Pty Ltd (IP) has been in business since 1994 and is the second largest publisher of literary titles in Queensland. Under its Publisher / CEO Dr David Reiter, IP is at the forefront of digital technologies in Australia. IP publishes under four award-winning imprints: Interactive PressGlass House BooksIP Kidz and the Digital Publishing Centre. Hawkeye Publishing is proud of our association with IP in the quest to bolster independent traditional publishing options for authors.

Proudly Supporting Local

We support local businesses where possible, including Australian printers, bookstores, libraries, editors, information technology services and designers.

Testimonials

“Thank you Carolyn. You have impressed me with your service level and helpfulness. I have opened a writing club at work and I will be encouraging my students to add your firm to our resource base. I will also buy some books…that is what it’s about!”

Kind regards, Jack 9/8/21.

“I am so glad that you and Hawkeye and all its authors are focused on more than printing commercial pulp that other publishers flood the market with. We really outdo so many with our quality reading adventures. Thank you for including me in your team.”

Lawrey Goodrick, Author/Illustrator, Cans for Change 30/3/22

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