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.
•Author Louise Allan has chosen to create a series of author interviews on her blog and her Writers In The Attic posts offer great insight into the working lives of a range of different writers. For insight into the publishing process as a debut novelist, don’t miss her Diary Of A Novel posts.
•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.
•For terrific advice, insight into the publishing process and examples of how to incorporate great content about your own books, don’t miss the blog of children’s author Sue Whiting. Sue writes across a range of age groups and her advice is always spot on.
If you’re keen to start your own author blog and build a strong author profile, don’t miss my step-by-step on-demand course for the Australian Writers’ Centre: How to Build Your Author Platform.