Jason Davis, author of Baby Steps: A Bloke's-eye View of IVF (September 8-22)
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Hello all - I'm an Australian author and journalist with a humorous memoir-style book under my belt ("Baby Steps") and I'm writing my first novel online in serial blog form at www.curlygibson.com
I used to be the editor of Aust. MAD magazine, then I tried to cut the tomfoolery, and got into journalism, writing for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Sun-Herald and The Courier-Mail.
My strong suits, writing-wise, are being funny and writing for online - especially writing a blog novel.
So - if anyone has any questions about writing your yarn online versus publishing through a major publisher, fire away.
Or, if you feel you have a great personal story to tell but don't know how to go about it, let me help!
Just noticed this chat with the author feature. Seems to me the tomfoolery is in journalism more than in Mad mag.
On line novels may have a big boost with Amazon's Kindle and other e-book readers. What about formatting so readers can get copies? Feedback loops from readers would be good, too. Maybe that's what the blog is all about.
Well, we can only hope. It seems the eBook readers and promoters haven't moved much past digitising books already published on dead trees. But eventually they'll finish that back-catalogue and then they'll be looking around for new content.
I actually think 3G mobile (cell) phones and PDA's are the biggest potential market - ie. commuters pay a buck and get a PDF of a novel sent to their phone to read on the train. Don't need to carry or buy books anymore. I've been talking to a S. African company about licensing my novel "The Curly Situation" www.curlygibson.com in that way. Fingers crossed!
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