Catherine Magree

Catherine Magree lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she works as a freelance editor and web copywriter. Having tried her hand at articles, poetry, short stories, blogging, reviews, reports, theses and copywriting, she has finally written a book! Catherine did the hard yards for three years as a rural and suburban journalist. She has worked in publicity, writing and editing positions in community organisations. She has a Masters degree in literature from the University of Melbourne and a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing from RMIT. When Catherine ?graduated' from a 12-step program in 2003 she no longer had her addiction - but she was clueless when it came to shopping. Over a five-year period she combined the lessons learned in the program with the use of intuition and the ancient Buddhist practice of mindfulness to become a highly skilled ?precision' shopper. The result was Inspired Shopping. A dedicated bargain hunter and cut-price fashionista, Catherine combines an interest in personal growth with a love of literature and a concern for social justice issues. She lives near ?Chaddy' (Chadstone Shopping Centre), reputed to be the largest shopping mall in the Southern Hemisphere, and has a love-hate relationship with it. Catherine's hobbies include yoga, reading and puppy wrangling. Her arts writing can be viewed at her blog, MelbArts. She is currently working on her memoir, tentatively titled School Teacher's Daughter.

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Phone Call Alert! 

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Due to the COVID-19 onslaught, we currently cannot take incoming phone calls.  

 

A notification about phone calls:  due to the COVID-19 plague, we've significantly increased our incoming inquiries--nearly double our usual volume--and the number of incoming inquiries by phone has been literally overwhelming.  Although most writers will say that their call "will only take 15 minutes," the truth is, that after 10 years of doing this, most author inquiry calls take an hour.  45 minutes at best. I'm currently receiving 7-10 calls/day, and due to that, I've had to stop accepting incoming phone calls, which my voicemail will tell you. You can leave a message--I can't call you back without one--and if a call is needed, I will of course call you.  But we have very complete and extensive email replies, handouts and our website is very informative. Almost all the questions that I receive during a call are actually already answered on our site, or are, in fact, publishing questions, not questions about our services, what we do, what we offer, or the like.  I already handle between 90-130 emails/day, as it is. I can't handle that many emails and take 7-10 hours of calls each day. I can't. So, in order to be able to answer this huge email volume, to help the greatest number of people, with my time, I've had to stop accepting calls.  I'm sorry, but that's just how it is. I'm in the process of setting up a call-appointment function, for free 15-minute calls to answer questions from new prospective customers and longer paid sessions for folks who generally want consulting on "publishing," generally (and for prospective kids' book publishers, as a special category of paid consulting).  But that functionality isn't yet set up. I hope to get that working the 3rd week of July, sometime.  

Thank you for your understanding.