The Online Writing Festival on Monday at the brand spanking new Australian Writer's Marketplace Online was host to several very welcome presenters and a good time seemed to be had by all. Online literary agent Miss Snark was complimentary towards her inquisitive audience, noting there were 'very few nitwits'. How 'kind of you, KIInd of you' to let me come, one might have said.
Viking and Firebird children's editor Sharyn November was taken with Penni Russon's suggestion that gamers were reading their own complex highly rendered 'choose your own adventure' books when playing online, and noted that as the writers and publishers of the future would probably come from this generation, it was worth recognising that some genre writers were gamers as teens, and that 'some still are'. She also mentioned a rise in interest in Australian YA authors in the US, and that there was a gap in the 8-12 market there.
John Marsden was mobbed by questioners after technical hitches were overcome - to my question about online writing festivals compared to the face to face variety, one of which he hosts himself at his property, Tye Estate, he answered whimsically that 'writing is so solitary, that these forums can make a big difference to writers' emotional health. And writers all have emotional health issues, don't we?'