Aussie Author Month 2011 – Come and join us!

Aussie Author Month 2011 – Come and join us!

2011 Aussie Author MonthJoin us in April for a month-long celebration of awesome Australian authors.

You may have been wondering why reviews have been scarce on Book Thingo. Aside from the obvious answer—we’ve been lazy but not that lazy—we’ve been saving up some of our reviews for a special month-long event.

April is Aussie Author Month!

Aussie Author Month is a cross-genre collaboration to support and promote Australian writing. During April, we’ll be featuring bestselling and upcoming Australian authors, and highlighting some of our favourite Aussie books.

At Book Thingo, we’ll be reviewing Australian-authored books, most of which will be romances or feature romantic elements.

Who else is participating?

Aussie Author Month started off with a tweet last year, and it’s been a collaborative effort between several bloggers:

Nyssa at A Writer Goes on a Journey via the Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFFWA), who will focus on Australian sff authors,

Ali and Rosie at Fangtastic, who will focus on urban fantasy and paranormal romance authors,

and later joined by Marg at The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader, who reads within and outside of romance and sff.

You can find a list of participants here.

What’s in it for you?

Here are some of the activities we’ll be undertaking:

  • Author interviews
  • Reviews of Aussie books
  • Promotions/discounts/specials at bookstores/online
  • Start memes
  • Blog carnivals
  • Book/Writing competitions with prizes

Wanna join us?

If you run a book blog or website…contact us and we’ll list you as a participating blog. Nyssa will be managing the list, so you can contact her directly (see below), or you can leave a comment here and we’ll consolidate our lists. Please include your blog URL, the name of your blog and, if you have a specific focus, which authors you’ll be targeting.

If you’re an Aussie author…contact any of the bloggers above to organise a guest post, feature or giveaway, or you can give a book or two away on either your own site or our sites, and we’ll post links. Please try and target the right blog for your genre/category.

If you’re a bookseller…you can promote Australian books by having an Aussie book section display in your shop, or provide discounts on Aussie written books.

If you are a publisher…you can give a percentage of a books price to the ILP during the month (see below), or promote or giveaway your books through your own site or one of the blogs listed above. If you’re promoting books specifically for Aussie Author Month, please send us a link so we can blog about it.

If you’re interested in books…please feel free to link our Aussie Author Month posts to your blog or social media, buy Australian books and support the ILP.

Who to contact

Promotions and giveaways will be done through the most appropriate site.

If the book is sff, you should contact A Writer Goes on a Journey.

If the book is urban fantasy or paranormal romance, you should contact Fangtastic.

If the book is romance or has romantic elements (happy endings only, please!), contact me.

If the book is historical or general Australian fiction, contact The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader.

For all other enquiries, contact Nyssa at

Support the Indigenous Literacy Project

As part of Aussie Author Month we will be encouraging everyone to support the Indigenous Literacy Project. The ILP is a charity whose aim is to raise literacy levels among Indigenous Australians in rural and remote communities. The ILP works in partnership with the Australian Book Industry and the Fred Hollows Foundation.

We will be actively fundraising for the ILP through This will
be set up closer to the start date of the project, so if you want to be
involved, please email us and we will keep you updated with the appropriate

We can’t wait to celebrate Australian authors with you! Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting specific invitations for some blog activities we’ll be doing at Book Thingo, so watch this space.


  1. AusLit says:


    At The Australian Literature Review ( every month is Aussie Author Month.
    Let me know if you would like to collaborate in some way during April.

    During April The Australian Literature Review will have author interviews, articles on fiction, a teen/ya themed short story comp with feedback from authors Michael Pryor and Sara Foster and publisher/editor Zoe Walton, as well as a $200 Random House book pack up for grabs, and more.

    The site will also be launching an anthology of short stories by a variety of established and emerging Australian authors at the end of April:

  2. Kat says:

    Ooh, how timely! I’ll let Nyssa know so she can add you to the list.

    I have a few literary(ish) books planned for review for April. If you have ideas on how we can collaborate, I’d be interested to hear them!

  3. Natalie says:

    Would love to be involved! Will review some Aussie books & probably host a giveaway!
    Feel free to email me if you have any ideas on ways I can help!

  4. Kat says:

    Natalie, I’ve asked Nyssa to add your blog to the list. I’m putting together a round-up every Sunday, so let me know if you have any links I can include. We also have a Facebook page (link below the logo at the top right of this page).

  5. Jo Hart says:

    I had been intending to do an a series of author focus posts this month, but in the spirit of Aussie Author month I’ve decided to solely focus on Aussie authors. I intend to do a post on John Marsden and another on Mem Fox (the others are still undecided – there will likely be three/four all up).

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