My name is Annette McQuarrie and I am a writer, an editor and a copywriter; I have created marketing and press releases during my years as a comedian, and I write website content, book reviews and newspaper articles. I offer copyediting, proofreading, and beta reading services for both fiction and non-fiction books, and I have been a judge for the Aurealis Awards, two years running.
I design book trailers – short film trailers for books using multi-media. I create copy after close consultation with the author, then design the layout using the best possible images and music to complement the Author’s vision, and promote their book through YouTube, Instagram and their Publisher’s website.
My most recent book trailer was for Juliet Marillier, award winning author of The Sevenwaters series and Blackthorn and Grim. I have produced three trailers for Juliet’s fantasy trilogy The Warrior Bards series ( Pan-Macmillan Australia). The first trailer was for the 2019 release of The Harp Of Kings and the second for the sequel released in 2020 – A Dance With Fate, and the third trailer for A Song of Flight, published in July 2021. I have also created a book video for her most recent, stand alone book: ‘Mother Thorn – and other stories of courage and kindness’ (Serenity Press) For author Christina Houen I designed two book trailers – one for her first memoir This Place You Know (Gininderra Press) and the second for her sequel, A Practise of Loss (Gininderra Press 2021)
I spent four years in London, as PA and a website administrator at Billy Marsh Associates, writing copy for a client’s website and looking after e-commerce. I am now the website administrator for www.julietmarillier.com
You can read testimonials for my work here.
I have studied Copywriting and SEO, with Bernadette Schwerdt, through her Australian School of Copywriting, as well as through the Australian Writers Centre. I am currently in my second year at Victoria University, studying for my Bachelor Degree in Creative Writing and Digital Communication.
In 2019 I received my Certificate IV in Professional Editing and Creative Writing at Victoria University and in 2018, I completed the Sydney Writers Studio Course ‘Unlocking Your Creativity’ and ‘Short Story Genre’
My Acting and Comedy career.
A Graduate of the Ensemble Theatre Acting Studios in Sydney, I performed professionally as a singer and comedian from 1993 to 2001, in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. My gigs have included: Sydney Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, The Hero Festival in New Zealand, a tour of New Zealand with the show ‘Short and Curly‘ and a tour of San Francisco, Los Angeles and Palm Springs with the Melbourne Rainbow Band, as their resident singer and MC. Commercials include ‘Mars Bar’ ‘Forty Winks‘ ‘The Daily Orange Juice Company‘ and ‘Powerball‘