Topic archives: social media

Interview with Paul Murphy, book trailer specialist

Interview with Paul Murphy, book trailer specialist

November 29, 2010 2

In the past few months Paul Murphy has been kindly forwarding me his book trailers. I visited his website, www.booktease.com.au, and was impressed by the range and quality of his work in this emerging field. In our visually aligned and keyboard-bound culture, book trailers will increasingly play an important role in drawing readers to the […]

Byron Bay Writers Festival 2010 diary, part 1

Byron Bay Writers Festival 2010 diary, part 1

August 9, 2010 2

A sun-drenched and possibly superficial series of blog posts Around 9pm on Wednesday night I rolled into Gold Coast airport. My talented friend Omar Musa was on the same bus into Byron and we decided we should go out and wreak some havoc. Havoc was kebabs and a quiet pub where a young blonde man by […]

<i>Alex y Robert</i> by Wena Poon: virtual book tour

Alex y Robert by Wena Poon: virtual book tour

July 29, 2010 1

I met the talented, vivacious Singapore-born American writer Wena Poon last October, sharing a taxi ride from Denpasar airport to Ubud, Bali, for the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. In that taxi and during her panels I learnt that Wena was dauntingly ‘together’ – interweaving careers in writing and Law, travelling the world, and seeming like she was […]

Last weekend’s literary connectivity, and what I’ve been reading lately

Last weekend’s literary connectivity, and what I’ve been reading lately

July 14, 2010 1

On the weekend I was up in sunny Brisbane for the Australian Booksellers Association 2010 conference. It’s a conference for members and friends of the ABA – so, booksellers, publishers, and some librarians and media. I was officially there as a ‘blogger’ – on a panel called ‘Customers, Connections and Communities’, with Andrew McDonald from […]

On writing, blogging and social media: an interview from <i>Victorian Writer</i>

On writing, blogging and social media: an interview from Victorian Writer

April 14, 2010 4

After reading A.S. Patric’s thoughts on blogging, in an interview he did for Nigel Featherstone at the Canberra Times, I thought I’d reprint a recent interview I did for Victorian Writer, the Victorian Writers’ Centre magazine, to add to the conversation. Enjoy! And please share your thoughts in the comments, or via the Facebook fan page, Twitter, your own blogs, […]

Buying time: Liz Sinclair on asking for money to write her book

Buying time: Liz Sinclair on asking for money to write her book

October 29, 2009 11

I was very curious when I heard about Liz Sinclair‘s project ‘Help Me Write My Book’. Like many writers, Liz has to work to support herself, and of course, work takes time away from what she’s really wanting to do – write that book. My first reaction, honestly, was something along the lines of ‘why does she […]

Melbourne Writers Festival 2009 diary part four: finding meaning in the media

Melbourne Writers Festival 2009 diary part four: finding meaning in the media

August 23, 2009 6

…in which the audience gasps audibly at the mention of Twitter! Official festival blogger Estelle and I are aptly blogging this morning’s session laptop by laptop, sandwich by sandwich, in a cafe overlooking one of the festival venues. Jeff Sparrow spoke to Margaret Simons about Finding Meaning in the Media. Simons is a fellow Crikey blogger, and […]

Embracing the medium: what makes a successful cultural blog?

Embracing the medium: what makes a successful cultural blog?

June 12, 2009 36

The following article is a slightly amended version of the speech I gave during the Emerging Writers’ Festival panel The Revolution Will Be Downloaded, May 2009. In my reading of cultural blogs (particularly literary blogs), and through a growing audience for LiteraryMinded, I have found that some recurring elements exist in blogs which could be deemed successful. My measure of […]