Interview with Industry Expert and Author Anna Featherstone on Becoming a Successful Writer

Great wisdom, especially if you’re planning to self-publish

Sylvia Dziuba
Inspired Writer

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Australia has some of the world’s top writers and creative industry experts, yet it’s hard to find one who has dedicated themselves to helping others achieve their literary dreams. But that’s exactly what Anna is doing with her new venture, Bold Authors, which she has co-founded with Nadine Davidoff, a former Senior Editor at Random House and former Commissioning Editor at Black Inc. who currently teaches writing and editing at RMIT.

As an author, Anna draws upon her passions and life experiences as a mother and sustainably-minded small farm owner. In addition to writing for The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, and Mindful Parenting Magazine, she has written 5 books. The most recent one, Look — It’s Your Book!, is an avalanche of information for aspiring authors.

Anna is also a judge for the Business Book Awards and is the Australian Ambassador for the Alliance of Independent Authors. I caught up with her not long before she was invited to speak at the SPN Independent Publishing Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

The interview kicks off pandemic-style: via Zoom. In the foreground, Anna’s friendly, slender face…

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Sylvia Dziuba
Inspired Writer

Journalist & Design Critic. I write and speak about #architecture #interiors & #objects.