Does a plug by another author on a book cover ever convince you to buy it? Author Bill Morris explains the delicate business of 'blurbing', where writers indulge in mutual pats-on-the-back and help aspiring writers get their books onto shelves.
Is form following function? Are we evolving? Or, to the question I want to consider here: is writing evolving? And is there a danger of Australian writers losing their distinctive voice, asks writer and editor Sophie Cunningham?
He may not be as hot as the inflammatory James Wood, or as icily cool as J M Coetzee, the only critic to have won the Nobel and two Bookers, but Ron Charles has many virtues as a book reviewer that draw him close: he is judicious but merciful; rigorous but generous, says W H Chong.
It's a common issue with authors: who is the target audience? For an intensely private activity, writing can have very public repercussions. And the sweet innocence of a first novel can never be replicated, notes Jessica Au.
If you thought being an author on the panel of the Byron Bay Writers Festival was a glam affair, Tony Martin will prove you wrong. There's little signing of autographs or selling books, but lots of jealously for Bret Easton Ellis' popularity.
A collection of literature's famous last words, from Anton Chekov's "It's a long time since I drank champagne" to Virginia Woolf's "I feel certain that I'm going mad again …"
The rise of Australia's literary journal blogs as intellectual spaces is a great thing. But with no money in blogging, can an effective long term model be found to sustain them? asks Jessica Au.