I believe the problem with Australian fiction is not that we Australians don’t want to read it – it is that it is still quite hard to find. Many librarians and bookshop staff cannot name more than a couple of Australian authors. I know myself when I went looking for Australian titles to read, it involved a LOT of internet searching with one site leading to another, then to a BLOG or a Facebook post etc, etc. Taking a lot of notes and compiling a list I decided to start my own website Great Aussie Reads – which aims to list as many Australian authors and titles as possible to at least get readers started if they are searching for new authors. I found what was out there because I was prepared to look and had the determination to keep digging. Many people don’t have the time or patience to do that. So they will just go into a library or bookshop which promotes the ‘BIG’ name international authors and not see the hidden gems hiding in the back shelves (or not there at all).
So to those who don’t believe Australians want to read our own local stories, I have to disagree. Take the time to look for Australian writing of any kind and then also take the time to recommend it on. Whether it be as a facebook post, a tweet, a BLOG mention, a review on Amazon or Goodreads or just the old fashioned word of mouth to family members, friends or work colleagues – any publicity for Australian writers is appreciated and helps our local authors more than you know.