Boomerang Books has appointed seven new bloggers to its book content team after receiving over 90 applications from eager writers.
‘The standard of applications received was quite amazing and we found it very difficult to narrow the field down to a manageable shortlist’, said Clayton Wehner, Managing Director and co-owner of Boomerang Books.
‘It was even harder to settle on the final seven bloggers from a shortlist of about thirty. In fact, we originally set out to appoint only five bloggers, but we couldn’t split a couple of the applicants. It took us several weeks of deliberation to arrive at the final seven’.
‘What’s most impressive is the fact that the positions were only advertised via social media mechanisms and, in particular, Twitter. The writing community is a close-knit one and news of the positions spread like wildfire through ‘re-tweeting’. We were inundated with applications and we certainly didn’t expect to receive so many’.
The bloggers have already starting producing their own themed blogs on the Boomerang Books website:
The Book Burglar. Brisbane-based Fiona Crawford is a freelance writer, editor, blogger, proofreader, and voracious reader. She is also (unfairly) known as the Book Burglar due to her penchant for buying family members—then permanently borrowing—books she wants to read herself. Fiona’s blog revolves around Australian books (mostly ‘lifted’ from friends’ bookshelves).
Kid’s Book Capers. Melburnian Dee White is the award-winning children’s and YA author of Hope for Hanna, A Duel of Words, Letters to Leonardo and Harry’s Goldfield Adventure. Her blog explores great children’s books and the people who create them.
Poisoned Apples and Smoking Caterpillars. Aimee Burton is a Canberra-based lawyer-in-training who still dreams of befriending unicorns. Her blog is her escape from reality, and hopefully it will inspire her to finish writing that fantasy trilogy she’s always promising her friends is “almost halfway” done.
Read up on it. Sadhbh Warren is a freelance writer and proud booklover. Her name is pronounced Sive – like five – an Irish name, easier to say than spell. She lives in Sydney, writing travel and humour articles, and is always on the lookout for a great new book.
Literary Clutter. Bookish bloggings from the cluttered mind and bookshelf of Melbourne author, George Ivanoff. George’s current teen novel is the computer-game inspired Gamers’ Quest.
Perpetually Adolescent. Sydney-based blogger William Kostakis (who doubles as Boomerang Books’ brand manager) is an award-winning, twenty-year-old young adult fiction author. His debut title, Loathing Lola, was released in 2008. His blog deals with all things YA.
The Smell of Books. Sydney-based writer and editor Joel Blacklock is Boomerang Books’ new tech blogger. He’s passionate about the possibilities Web 2.0, social media and ebooks open up for authors, publishers, booksellers and the whole book industry.
The appointment of the seven bloggers is part of Boomerang Books’ ongoing content development strategy.
‘Content is king on the web and we’re focused on creating something that is more than just a standard e-commerce website. We want to become Australia’s favourite destination for book lovers – not just a place where people go to buy books. We’re committed to producing quality, thought-provoking content and instilling a sense of community for our members and visitors.’
‘We’re really happy with our new group of bloggers. We’ve got a good spread of themes and we’ve got representation across Australia. All of the bloggers were champing at the bit to publish their first blog posts and the quality of the early articles has been fantastic’.
Boomerang Books’ new blogs can be found online at http://content.boomerangbooks.com.au/content/main/boomerang-books-blogs.shtml.