Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Neil Gaiman on reaching his readers

Thanks to Deb again...I've just read an article by Lili Wilkinson ( http://www.insideadog.com.au/) about teens and online reading in the latest Bookseller and Publisher Magazine (April/May 2008). So whether it's websites, blogs or emails, teens are using the net to stay in touch with the world. In fact the web is opening up the world where celebrities can communicate with their fans, writers can communicate with their readers, and fans (of both celebrities or writers) can communicate with each other.

A great example of this is the author Neil Gaiman's online journal http://journal.neilgaiman.com/
In his journal Gaiman blogs about everything from reporting on his day, answering readers questions, thoughts on books and reading and life in general, and sharing his taste in music with a last.Fm playlist. For any fans of this popular author it's an insight into Neil Gaiman the person...and creates a real community of readers. There's even an audio clip of his daughter interviewing her dad in the "cool stuff" link.

For anyone interested in hearing Neil speak he will be speaking at the Children Book Council of Australia's Conference. This session is open to the public.
Sunday 4 May 2008
Time: 9.00am - 10.30am
Venue: John Batman Theatre, Melbourne Convention Centre
Cost: $25 per person
Bookings: T 9681 6288


Some other author blogs recommended by Lili are
The author of nearly fifty books for both adults and teens, most notably The Princess Diaries series, Meg Cabot's online diary.
Author of So Yesterday and the Uglies quartet, Scott Westerfeld's blog

http://maureenjohnson.blogspot.com/
The blog of Maureen Johnson, author of 13 Little Blue Envelopes.

2 comments:

southdowner said...

I'd like to recommend Robin McKinley's blog http://robinmckinleysblog.com/about/
the author of various YA/adult fantasy books with subjects ranging from vampires to fairy tales, via dragons :)

Casey Cardinia Library Corporation said...

Thanks for that great suggestion Southdowner. Welcome to Quicksand! I hope you visit again...we've just introduced a new look! Comments are always welcome.

 
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