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About

We couldn't find a tool that offered year-round support and inspirationso we created one.

'A cheer squad for your writing' -  Broadsheet

How it all began …

Our list of excuses was getting longer. We couldn’t find the time to write because the carpet was dirty, the moon was in Virgo, we fell asleep and the dog ate our fingers. You know the story. We needed help and quickly. 

We needed something functional and practical. What was required here was a diary! A diary for writers that would keep us inspired, organised and accountable. That's why we created Pilot.

Pilot is the essential writer's resource. It's a multi-functional writing tool—a heady mix of practicality, inspiration and good cheer. Pilot is packed with the kind of stuff writers really want at their fingertips—smart hacks from top authors, pitch tips from industry pros and a comprehensive literary resource section. It's the perfect combination of cheerleader and coach, of writing opportunities and up-to-date industry information. We reckon you'll love it!

'This diary lets you get your shit together in style' -  The Writers Bloc

Pilot is proudly and independently published by Pilot Press.


Co-founder/creator/editor: Karen Bateman's short stories and poetry have appeared online, in print and among some weird and wonderful art installations. Co-founder of Scribal (a regional writers' group) she is a champion speed reader (self-awarded).

Co-founder: Renee Beasley was co-creator/editor of Pilot 2015, 2016 and 2017. Renee has moved onto pastures new and is currently changing her focus from publishing and editing to honing her craft in poetry and prose.

Consulting Editor: Liat Kirby, poet/manuscript assessor, has spent her life in a love affair with words, seduced by them, but whipping them into shape anyway. Founding director of Lynk Ms. Assessment service; her first book of poems was Curving My Eyes to Almonds. Contact Liat at thewritersstudio@bigpond.com

Proofreader: Lisa Cropman, a story lover with a sharp eye and perfectionist tendencies, tames our wayward words and ensures our participles aren't dangling. Her proofreading gives us peace of mind and that all-important professional polish. Find her at thewordnest.com.au

Graphic Designer: Sarah Bilotta wrangles our ideas into the beautiful branding and print work you see before you. With a passion for Latin and ballroom dancing, Sarah will happily knock up some artwork that best expresses your brand. Find her at sbilottadesign.com.au

Social media/marketing whiz: Clare Rankine creates, curates and connects us with our customers on social networks. A writer and poet, Clare is studying her Masters in Writing and Publishing. She writes small stories for littleWren magazine and sketch comedy at Seemingly Evil Productions. Contact Clare at pilotpressmedia@gmail.com

Person Friday: Janika Murray is an aspiring PR practitioner, studying a Bachelor of Communications (Public Relations) degree at RMIT. We are chucking all sorts of tasks at Janika, and she's always eager to learn new skils and involve herself in as many experiences as possible.