The Book Salon opens in Australia for better writing Down Under

The Book SalonSteph Little, author, publishing professional, and online and offline marketer, has launched a new website and resource center for Australia’s authors, The Book Salon, offering them guidance, pointers, resources, information, or just straightforward encouragement, according to Australia’s Books and Publishing.

Herself a Brit, Steph relocated to Australia and now works as a marketing campaign manager at local independent publisher Hardie Grant, but her new initiative is purely personal.

“I moved to Melbourne from the UK in 2010 in search of a better life. I found it,” she says.  “My favourite writers are Roald Dahl, Geoff Dyer, Kate Atkinson, Emily Brontë, Matt Haig, Ian McEwan, Richard Yates, Chris Cleave, Liz Jensen, and … seriously, how long do you have?”

I asked her a few questions about The Book Salon and the situation for authors in Australia.

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TeleRead: What inspired you to start the site?

Steph Little: I’m passionate about books, writers, and the publishing industry (in all of its guises), and I saw a gap in the market for a site that offered both advice on being a writer and tips on publishing, marketing, PR and social media.

The Book SalonTR: Where does the site stand in terms of supporting self-publishing versus helping authors deal with traditional publishers?

Little: My background is in traditional publishing but I’m keen to cater for all writers and to cover all facets of our changing industry.

TR: What is the situation for new writers in Australia? Does this differ at all from other markets?

Little: In my experience the market for writers in Australia is no different to other markets. Although we are lucky to have with a host of opportunities for writers to be published—in journals, almanacs and magazines—and I plan to showcase those opportunities where I can.

TR: What resources are you planning to add to the site?

Little: Right now I have a free e-book, :50 Essential Resources Every Writer Needs.” I plan to publish a wide range of e-books and resources for writers—stay tuned.

About Paul St John Mackintosh (1555 Articles)
Paul St John Mackintosh is a British poet, writer of dark fiction, and media pro with a love of e-reading. His gadgets range from a $50 Kindle Fire to his trusty Lenovo cell phone. Paul was educated at public school and Trinity College, Cambridge, but modern technology saved him from the Hugh Grant trap. His acclaimed first poetry collection, The Golden Age, was published in 1997, and reissued on Kindle in 2013, and his second poetry collection, The Musical Box of Wonders, was published in 2011.

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