Authors Spotlight is a blog doing exactly what it says – placing a spotlight on authors. Its founder, Dave Mayall, someone I have ‘met’ through twitter, contacted me to ask whether I would be interested in promoting my books though his site. As I have said before, self-publishing is all well and good, but that’s just the beginning. The burden of getting your work out there is all up to you the author and any opportunity to spread the word is a boon.
The Authors Spotlight blog is a way for authors from all genres to share something about themselves, such as what inspires them and why they chose that particular style or category, the background to their work and so on, as well as offering a tantalising glimpse into the books themselves and the person who wrote them.
It is a free service, working on the basis that if Dave features an author they will return the favour and spread the word about his blog and, its a good blog. It features some very interesting posts, not just on authors, but also some rather beautiful poetry by Dave himself, along with a plentiful selection of useful tips for writers.
In this day and age of self publishing and indie authors, even authors lucky enough to land a traditional publishing deal, I believe supporting people like Dave, is important. People who create blogs and webpages purely because they love books and are interested enough to create user friendly platforms, easily accessibly to a broader public, many of whom under normal circumstances would likely never discover some of these amazing writers.
Check out Authors Spotlight, you never know who you might find there!