Amanda Hocking: The Author Who Made Millions by Self-Publishing Her Novels Now Makes Millions Being Published

Publishing sensation Amanda Hocking’s story reads like a fairy tale. She self-published her novels and sold a million copies within a year or so. The very thought of such overnight success can cause normally quite reasonable unpublished authors to lose their heads. On the strength of a headline – ‘Self-published author makes money’  – thousands of authors have flow... Read more

by | December 20, 2011

Lauren Kate: Five Fiction Favourites for 2011

Lauren Kate author of Fallen, Torment and Passion reveals The 5 best novels I read in 2011 are… The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking th... Read more

by | December 19, 2011

Kirsten Tranter, author of The Legacy and now, A Common Loss, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Kirsten Tranter author of A Common Loss and The Legacy Ten Terrifying Questions ———————— 1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? I was born in Singapore and raised in Sydney, in the inner west. I studied English and Fine Arts at Sydney Uni and we... Read more

by | December 16, 2011

Noel Mealey, author of Murder and Redemption, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Noel Mealey author Murder and Redemption Ten Terrifying Questions —————————- 1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? My first novel is set in WA, though I’m a Queenslander at heart. My parents lived their early lives in western Queensland, ... Read more

by | December 15, 2011

The woman behind Pippa Middleton’s behind : Margot Campbell’s Pilates on the Go

It was recently revealed that Pippa Middleton’s envious figure was down to weekly pilates sessions at her local studio. Now Pippa’s teacher is set to pass on the secrets of her exercise routine in a new book. Margot Campbell was approached by several publishing houses after the Duchess of Cambridge’s sister recommended her on the ‘Pilates on the Go‘ website. Campbe... Read more

by | December 14, 2011

TRUE STORY: Gang of One by Gary Mulgrew

GANG OF ONE is an explosive prison memoir with the gritty realism of Midnight Express and the emotional force of The Shawshank Redemption. Imagine you’re a 35 year old, white, British, middle-class business man sentenced to three years in Big Spring, one of America’s most notorious prisons. You’ve been told that if get into any trouble, your sentence will be doubled. You’... Read more

by | December 14, 2011

Lisa Heidke : Five Fiction Favourites for 2011

Lisa Heidke author of Lucy Springer Gets Even, What Kate Did Next, Claudia’s Big Break and, coming in January 2012, Stella Makes Good reveals… The 5 best novels I read this year are… Raw Blue by Kirsty Eagar Lisa Heidke: Set on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and marketed as a Young Adult, Raw Blue centres around Carly, a teenage surfer trying to find her place in the world. This emotionally gr... Read more

by | December 14, 2011

The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price, Purveyor of Superior Funerals by Wendy Jones

Wendy Jones has written a surprisingly restrained and moving book. There are secrets which aren't pretty, there are shocks without sensationalism. This is a novel about duty, love, loss and responsibility and it deserves a very wide audience. Read more

by | December 13, 2011