I’m always on the lookout for great author blogs and never more so than right now, while I’m putting together my Build Your Author Platform course for the Australian Writers’ Centre.
Blogging can be an integral and valuable part of an author’s platform when done well, so I thought I’d share five Australian author blogs that I think are kicking goals. They’re all quite different in tone, style and content, but they have a few things in common: they’re engaging, they’re inspiring and they bring me back regularly.
•If you’re looking for writing tips, advice and an inside look at the world of publishing, look no further than Natasha Lester‘s comprehensive website. Recently redesigned to reflect the sophisticated nature of her new work in historical fiction, it’s a place to lose yourself for quite a while…
•I’ve only recently discovered the blog of children’s author Tania McCartney, but goodness me her posts give great information. As well as great info about her books and news, look for her ‘Ask Tania’ series for great advice on everything from school visits to how to write your ‘About Me’ for publishers and submissions.
•The #LoveOzYA campaign is gaining ground and YA author Ellie Marney (one of only two Australian authors on the Top 10 Most Borrowed YA Titles in Australian Libraries) is one of its driving forces. Her blog is a mix of news, updates about author appearances and personal insight, but has really ramped up thanks to #LoveOzYA. Keep an eye on it for updates.
•Tristan Bancks, children’s and YA author, gives a masterclass on how it should be done. His cleanly designed website/blog is full of updates and information about his books, appearances and projects (such as Room To Read), the inspiration for his work, interviews and reviews, and writing tips. Take notes.
•I love Baxter Street, the blog of children’s author Jen Storer, with its mix of whimsical little diary entries and the delightful illustrations that she does as she’s planning a project – it’s like a journey inside a very creative mind. As a bonus, Jen often shares exercises that she uses to kickstart creative thinking. It’s just delicious.
If you’re keen to start your own blog and build a strong author profile, don’t miss my new step-by-step on-demand course for the Australian Writers’ Centre: How to Build Your Author Platform.