'There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.' - Edith Wharton
Flood Manuscripts began out of the belief that writers are not served as well as they might be through some of the assessment (appraisal) services; the myth of objectivity rarely outweighs the presence of subjectivity. Writers, an isolated workforce, respond with animation when they are allowed out of the arms? length environment fostered by many services and institutions and are treated as adults able to make their own choices in the industry.
From many years of engaging both closely and at arm's length with writers and their work, we firmly believe a writer's work develops best when writer and editor or assessor get together, talk it through and rub sensibilities to stir the humanity in each other; when private meets public in a relationship that can refine or transform the author's vision and help direct their work toward its destined market. An assessment (appraisal) service thrives on the quality of its assessors and the track record of its authors. At Flood Manuscripts we offer excellence in all aspects.
Tom Flood is the administrator and an assessor at Flood Manuscripts. He has been a writer, editor, copyeditor and proofreader for many years and has experience in many areas of writing. He has been a highly regarded assessor at Driftwood Manuscripts and at Manuscripts Online. He was Chief Fiction Judge for NSW Premiers Awards 2003 (and also judged in 1993) and has judged and been on selection panels for NSW Premiers Writers Fellowship, Sydney University Fiction Award, Harper Collins Manuscript Award, Varuna, A Writers House and the Short and Sweet Theatre Festival 2007. He has edited and proofread for McPhee Gribble and Penguin, launched books for Allen&Unwin, Angus&Robertson and many other publishers, and has read, taught, lectured and spoken on creative writing from Perth to Paris.
As a writer, Tom's work has won The Miles Franklin Award, the Victorian Premiers Award, the Australian/Vogel Award and the Orange Banjo Paterson Short Story Award. His writing has been commissioned in collections, journals and newspapers in Australia, UK and USA, for screen, stage and radio, and is also exhibited in the National Museum of Australia. He is also a working musician in the trio Blues Angels.
'Flood is bringing Australian fiction to a place where it might take ten or twenty years for most other writers to catch up.'
Prof. Nicholas Birns, American Assoc. of Australian Lit. Studies, in Review of Contemporary Fiction, Vol. XXVII|Fall 2007,
Dalkey Archive, University of Illinois, Ann Arbor, Ill.
As an award-winning author, a literary judge, a teacher, editor and assessor, Tom has a knowledge and love of the craft of writing and brings exacting standards and, through his family, a lifetime of experience to the work before him, matching helpful criticism with empathy and respect for the work and its author.
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