Author(s): Jennifer Down
It was a hot summer, then it was a hot fall. Thursdays were Lux's night off. We went swimming in the Merced. I have this picture in my head of her, hair dripping wet towel draped over her shoulders and tied under her chin like a superhero's cape; pale thighs, legs like two young shoots, hiking boots. In Coarsegold, California, Joanna conducts an illicit affair while her girlfriend, a recovering addict, struggles to rebuild her life. In a country town along the Murray River in Victoria, Foggo rules a gang of bored, cruel boys. In Sheffield, two sisters reconnect after many years apart. And in Yamanashi, on the slopes of Mount Fuji, a young Australian woman makes a pilgrimage to the Sea of Trees to honour her brother. Jennifer Down's writing brims with energy. In these stories, she picks apart moments of love and loss with an unwavering focus and emotional clarity that will leave you floored. Book jacket.
* Invitations to major Australian writers festivals * Interviews on local radio e.g. 3RRR, 3CR * Extract from one of the stories to run in a literary publication * Interviews on podcasts, e.g. The Garret, The Ladies Podcast * Wide-ranging review coverage in major Australian and NZ newspapers, e.g. NZ Herald, and general publications e.g. Big Issue * Review coverage in literary press e.g. Lifted Brow, Kill Your Darlings, Overland * Wide review coverage on blogs * Early reading copies to be available to the trade and at bookseller conferences * Advertisements in literary and current affairs publications such as ABR, Lifted Brow, Monthly, Big Issue and on their associated websites * Display advertising on literary websites such as Kill Your Darlings and via author networks such as the Emerging Writers' Festival * Google network display advertising targeting Australian readers on international literary, news and current affair websites such as New Yorker, Huffington Post, Book Riot * Giveaways with targeted subscriber groups including author networks such as Writers Victoria, NSW Writer's Centre and Tasmanian Writer's Centre * Major social media campaign including targeted FB, Instagram and Goodreads advertising * One standout story from the collection circulated via social media and featured on Text and bookseller websites (targeting a younger demographic) * Banner advertising on bookseller websites * Budget for advertising in bookseller newsletters and catalogues * Point-of-sale materials such as bookmarks to be available to the trade
Jennifer Down was born in 1990. Our Magic Hour was highly commended in the Victorian Premier's Literary Award. Her writing has appeared in the Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday Paper, Australian Book Review, Kill Your Darlings, Lifted Brow, Best Australian Stories and Blue Mesa Review. jenniferdown.com