Its been a long while since I gave an update about Austen Authors, the fabulous group blog created and administrated by me and Regina Jeffers. Austen Authors is THE ONLY website where authors of Jane Austen literary fiction gather to chat about their novels, Jane Austen passion and news, Regency history and life, and SO much more on a daily basis. As our official “Mission Statement” proclaims:
Austen Authors is a collective of published novelists in the Jane Austen sub-genre of literary fiction.
Our purpose is to share our multiple visions of Austen’s world through our posts, excerpts, and fun events, thus utilizing our blog platform to promote awareness of our genre to the broader reading audience.
We are serious about fulfilling the above declaration, but DO manage to have loads of fun in the process! Read on to find out about ALL the awesome stuff we have going on for the express purpose of delighting readers of Austenesque novels…..
Currently we have twenty authors who contribute to the blog on a full-time basis. Five beloved authors have moved on to new projects or departed for personal reasons, but their contributions to JAFF and Austen Authors remain. The Austen Authors Index page has all of our smiling faces with embedded links to their page or website. Active “AuAus” — our short, pet name for each other — have an individual Author Page with detailed information about their novels, purchasing links, a personal bio, listing of recent blog posts, contact email, social media and website links, and so much more. Visitors to the Austen Authors’ home page can also access each AuAus Author Page via a list on the sidebar (see image to the right).
As you can see, we have a fantastic assembly of phenomenal authors. Over 180 novels and novellas have been published by these 20 incredible writers, and more are being released every month!
In the past few months we have welcomed five new authors to our merry band of Austen fanatics:
Zoe Burton on May 2, debut blog: An Introduction to Zoe
April Floyd on June 9, debut blog: Summertime and the Living is Jane
Victoria Kincaid on June 21, debut blog: Why Does Jane Get All the Fan Fiction?
Elaine Owen on June 24, debut blog: Of Austen and Autism
Sophie Turner on July 8, debut blog: How History Becomes Buried
AUSTEN NOVEL READ ALONG
A fabulous new project we began in May is our Austen Novel Read Along, hosted every Wednesday on The Writers Block forum and led by Alexa Adams, Leenie Brown, Rebecca Jamison, and Joana Starnes.
For 6 weeks the team of moderators posted letters from Jane Austen’s unpublished novella Lady Susan with a lively discussion ensuing. New postings for Lady Susan are done, but the discussion remains open for anyone who wants to add their thoughts.
Beginning this week, the Read Along and discussion team began what will be a months long, in-depth look at Jane Austen’s Emma. Posting every Wednesday, both on the blog and in the forum where the discussion happens.
We strongly encourage everyone to join in the fun
and share your thoughts about Emma!
Start with video-laden, quote and quiz filled post by Leenie Brown: Before We Begin
Have additional fun with Rebecca Jamison’s post on Emma’s Movie Makeover
Then grab your copy of Emma and pop over to the initial discussion post by Alexa Adams: Read Along Wednesday: Emma Chapters I & II
AUSTEN AUTHORS BLOG & WEBSITE
Monday through Friday, without fail, a blog is posted by one of our authors. This means that precisely every four weeks, each AuAu writes a blog sharing her passion for Austen in her unique way. A sampling of recent posts include: Words of Austen, Goin’ Courtin’ Regency Style, A Derbyshire Roadtrip, Jane Austen in the Age of Disney, Sensibility and Storytelling, and Who Needs a Man?? Our authors also frequently host special giveaways and celebrate a new release!
On the second Sunday of each month is Austen On Dit, a monthly summary of new JAFF releases by our authors and non-AuAu authors, Regency historical blogs of interest, and Jane Austen-related news. Rose Fairbanks, Katherine Reay, Rebecca Jamison, and Victoria Kincaid scour the internet for as much news as they can find, the result a fabulous resource of information. Click the Austen On Dit graphic to the right for the July edition.
On the third Sunday of each month we welcome authors of Austenesque literature to be our featured Guest Blogger. Guest blog dates are open to published authors who write Jane Austen variations, sequels, and reimaginations in both contemporary and historical time periods. This is a new project for us, only two authors so far — April Floyd (before she joined us permanently) and Giana Thomas in June with Love or Just Friendship? — and we are very excited about expanding our outreach to the community of JAFF writers. Please share this fabulous opportunity with your favorite JAFF writers! The image below is our official application form; click to access.
SUMMER QUARTER GIVEAWAY
Only ONE WEEK LEFT in our recent giveaway! Twenty fantastic prizes are up for grabs this time around. Books, eBooks, notecards, fashion photo prints, and a lovely art print are amongst the donations to our readers. Click the image below for more information and to enter the contest using our official Rafflecopter form.
AUSTEN AUTHORS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Yes, we are ALL over the place! On Twitter, a search using #AustenAuthors will bring up everything we tweet and re-tweet as a group. While there, be sure to “follow” each AuAu.
On Pinterest our Austen Authors boards include all our novels, blog posts with the direct link, other JAFF novels, Jane Austen movies and pop culture, and so much more. Follow us at www.pinterest.com/Austen_Authors