About

Hawkeye has produced and promoted superior communication since 2002. Our doors are currently open for quality manuscript submissions for Traditional, Assisted and Hybrid book contracts.

We are driven to support independent authors who undertake exemplary quality processes to ensure their books are professional, competitive, and so enjoyed by their audience that the work leaves a lasting footprint on a reader’s heart and imagination.

We despair at the decline in quality of the written word. Self-publishing is a wonderful tool that has revolutionalised the book industry; but it has unfortunately also resulted in a glut of books liberally peppered with redundant words, smattered with exposition dumps where an author should be finessing exposition throughout the novel’s action sequences, and worse yet – tense, spelling and grammar mistakes.

We passionately believe that writing and publishing should not be a solitary pursuit. It takes a team to finesse a manuscript to achieve its greatest potential. All authors we accept into our fold, whether published with us under a Traditional, Assisted or Hybrid contract, progress through three quality phases – structural edit, line edit, proofread – before the manuscript enters the production phase. Post production, our authors are supported in marketing and publicity.

Hawkeye Publishing is home to the annual Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Competition and the Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize. Both are currently open and outstanding opportunities for authors to be published.

Our People:

Carolyn Martinez is the Owner & Director of Hawkeye Publishing and Hawkeye Books.

Director of Hawkeye Publishing Carolyn Martinez

She is a former Newspaper Editor. From 2002 to 2006 she owned The Westerner newspaper, a local community fortnightly publication. She purchased a 1-staff, 24-page newspaper servicing a circulation of 7,200 and grew it into a 56-page newspaper employing 5 staff and servicing a circulation area of 16,000.

She is author of 2 non-fiction books, and 4 children’s picture books. She writes under her name, and her pen-name Cate Sawyer. She has 2 books due for release in 2020 – one of which is Winning Short Stories; a writing guide co-written with Lauren Daniels, the Director of Brisbane Writers Workshop.

Carolyn has edited numerous books and publications, and is a literary judge for the Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Competition, and the Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize. She has a Master of Arts (Writing) through Swinburne University, Australia, and a published portfolio spanning 30 years. Carolyn Martinez teaches workshops on The Art of Self-Editing, Developing Non-Fiction Ideas Through to Publication, Show Not Tell, and Fear of Public Speaking Fear Not. She appears as a panellist for Winning Short Story Competitions, Pathways to Publication, and How to be an Amazon Success. Carolyn is an author mentor, offering limited one-on-one coaching sessions to a small number of writers. She mentors interns in publishing, editing, design, marketing and publicity. She consults for corporations on media, editing and internal communications.

Carolyn is the founder and co-ordinator of the non-profit social networking group, Brisbane Book Authors, for published authors. Carolyn Martinez is a nurturer of people, and an advocate of quality books that leave a footprint. She actively encourages self-published authors to protect the book industry by hiring professional editors and cover designers.

Silvana Nagl is our Author Publicist. She is a skilled communications practitioner with over 20 years experience in the field of corporate and personal communications. She has worked in broadcast media, in the music industry and for a variety of businesses in publicity, community relations and marketing. She has also worked at the interpersonal level as Counsellor and is a passionate advocate for the arts and creativity, particularly writing.  She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations and is a certified Counsellor and Pastoral carer. 

David Reiter is our Literary & Publishing Advisor. David is a multi-award-winning author, and Director of IP (Interactive Publications Pty Ltd), an innovative Brisbane publisher. David is internationally known for his award-winning poetry, prose and digital media, and IP is at the forefront of digital technologies in Australia. IP has been in business since 1994 and now publishes 20+ titles per year globally. They are the second largest publisher of literary titles in Queensland. David has a BA English Language & Literature University of Oregon, BA Publishing, Book & Magazine Promotion Harvard University, MA American Literature University of Alberta, and a PhD Writing Literature University of Denver.

Kyle Tweed is our Illustrator. Kyle has a Bachelor of 3D Animation and is passionate about concept art, music and bringing a sense of humour into work and art. His first children’s picture book is due for release in three months, in partnership with children’s author, Cate Sawyer. More details on that to be revealed real soon. You can follow Kyle Tweed and his art at Hawkeye Books, where you can purchase books he’s illustrated as well as his stunning canvases.

Lauren Daniels is our Senior Prose Editor. Lauren is the Director of Brisbane Writers Workshop and a qualified editor, author, mentor and trainer. She has a Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston USA, and a Bachelor of Arts, Creative Writing from Fairfield University USA. Lauren has edited 90+ commercially published books, and runs a series of comprehensive writing workshops. She is the author of Serpent’s Wake: A Tale for the Bitten.

C. T. Mitchell is our 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 is our Guest Writing Competition Judge. Since being plucked from the Random House slushpile, 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 is currently open for submissions, particularly seeking serialised YA or junior reader fiction, genre fiction, and topical non-fiction with a creative slant – no dry texts please. See our Submission Guidelines.

Hawkeye Publishing & Hawkeye Books work in partnership with IP (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, internationally known for his award-winning poetry, prose and digital media, 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 to partner with IP in the quest to bolster independent traditional and assisted publishing options for quality authors.