I’ll be attending, along with other Australian Women Writers Challenge participants including Shelleyrae of Book’d Out, Yvonne Perkins of Stumbling Through the Past and Paula Grunseit from Wordsville. There’ll also be a contingent I’ve ‘met’ through Twitter and the Aussie Book Bloggers Facebook page.
I’m looking forward to the program, which includes a “Behind the Scenes” look at what goes into publishing a book, and “insider secrets and tricks to improving your SEO and promoting your blog” by Random House Australia’s digital gurus. (SEO stands for “search engine optimisation”, handy for bloggers wanting to boost relevant traffic to their blogs.)
I’m also keen to hear how Random House’s crime page is going. Together, Penguin and Random House have published some extraordinarily talented Aussie women writers of crime, thrillers and suspense. These include P M Newton, Honey Brown, Jaye Ford, Wendy James, as well as Caroline Overington, Sara Foster, Y A Erskine and debut authors Candice Fox and Dianne Hester. I’m hoping to discover some more. I’d love to talk RHA into putting “Australian author” into their tags for search engines, or creating teacher resources for Aussie crime novels, now HSC English includes “Crime” as one of its specialty subject areas.
Other bloggers planning to attend the forum include:
- Michelle, Book to the Future
- Kat, Book Thingo
- Jess, Never Ending Bookshelf
- Amy, Lost in a Good Book
- R L Sharpe, Inside My Words
- Persephone Nicholas, The Book or Me
- Susan May, Adventures in Words
- Duffy The Writer
- Angel, Angel Reads
- Lesley who “vlogs” at Words of a Reader on Youtube
- Nia, Life and Co
- Suzie Eisfelder of Suz’s Space
- The Book Manicurist
Suzy has started a public list of Twitter NBBF participants, and people can follow the day’s events on Twitter via the #NBBF14 hashtag.
I’m looking forward to meeting everyone.
Do you know anyone not on this list who will be attending the Forum? Are there any questions you’d like us to ask?