Looking at 2013 and 2014 Competition

It’s been a huge year of Aussie Owned & Read. We started as a group of friends who came together over a pitch contest and twitter, with the majority of us unpublished. We’ve added two reviewers and by the end of 2013, most of us are published or agented or now have a fantastic group of critique partners that are helping us grow as writers.

But we’ve also got a great following, not just in Australia, but around the world. And I predict that we are going to get even more exposure in 2014 as the publishing world and readers think more globally.

Now we’re looking to you to tell us about the highlights of 2013 in your reads and what you are looking forward to in 2014.


In the comments tell us:

1) Your favourite read in 2013.
2) What book release you are most looking forward to in 2014.
3) Your email address or Twitter handle (so we can let you know you’ve won).

The winner will be picked at random and will receive a $20 gift voucher from the online book store of their choice as well asa copy of my debut novel SLEEPER. You have until 14 January 2014 to enter!

I hope you all had a fantastic 2013 and I look forward to continuing our shared love of books in 2014!




  1. I’m not going to enter the comp (though I encourage others) as I’ve been fortunate this year to have several wonderful books sent to me (both e-books & physical), including yours Sharon (which I did a review of — BTW everyone should get a copy of SLEEPER), so it would be unethical of me to ‘pick just one’ but I will add some of my highlights
    a) ‘meeting’ even more awesome people online, especially via Twitter
    b) being selected as one of the entries for PitchWars (again – thanks Sharon)
    c) adding to my feline family with two more wonderful cats someone else didn’t want and that I couldn’t live without.
    d) having such amazing people offer their help and guidance; way too many to list, with my pitches, my QL’s and my MS’s
    e) waking up each day eager to see where it might take me and never (ever) second-guessing or over-thinking the gifts and skills I’ve been blessed with 🙂



  2. I read heaps books in 2013 so it’s really hard to pick a favourite. That said, I’m going to go with a new-to-me favourite author instead. I read 6 books by Colleen Hoover this year and loved every single one of them. Her books have all of the feels and her characters are so real. Favourite Colleen Hoover character = Dean Holder or maybe Daniel or Six or Lake. No wait… Will, definitely Will Cooper.

    Book release I’m most looking forward to in 2014…my own! Actually I lie, that makes me all kinds of nervous. The new release I’m most looking forward to is City of Heavenly Fire. The sixth and final book in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments. I’ve been waiting six years for this!



  3. I reeeeeeeally enjoyed “The Dream Thieves” by Maggie Stiefvater. So, consequently, the third book in The Raven Cycle trilogy is probably definitely the one I’m most impatiently looking forward to in 2014.

    Thanks a bunch for the giveaway!
    “Sleeper” also happens to be a 2013 book that I am definitely enjoying reading so far. 🙂



  4. I liked The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. That was probably the best book I read this year.

    In 2014, I’m looking forward to the third book in The Selection Trilogy by Kiera Cass.
    2) What book release you are most looking forward to in 2014.




  5. My favorite read this year was, The Art of Letting Go by Anna Bloom. It is the first book in the Uni Files series…Absolutely awesome New Adult read!

    I’m looking forward to two books in 2014…my critique partner’s Young Adult novel, Three Wishes, and my New Adult, debut release, Maledicta.

    I have Aussie Owned and Read’s Pitch your Mate contest to thank. Three Wishes author, Deborah pitched her mate—me—and Maledicta was selected for the editor’s round. A month later, I received a contract from Soul Mate Publishing.

    Your blog rocks! Have a Happy 2014!



  6. 1) I didn’t have a chance to read much (something like 10-15 books only), but I have to go with TAKEN by Erin Bowman. *wolf-whistles* That book blew me away, though I technically finished in 2014 xD So that and Last Stand of Dead Men by Derek Landy–amazing read! So much blood, though. :c


    3) sameganwriter@gmail.com



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