Interview with Ann Morgan: How Blogging About the World’s Books Launched a Writing Career

In this interview, I talk to Ann Morgan about her blog A Year of Reading the World, where she set out to read and review one book each from 196 countries in one year. This blog generated a keen readership, lots of national and international publicity and it led to a contract for Ann’s first book. Find out how she went from being a keen reader embarking on a personal interest project to a (nearly) full time writing career.

Use the contents list below the video if you’re short on time.

1:45 How the blog A Year of Reading the World came about

7:30 How Ann got her contract for Reading the World: Confessions of a Literary Explorer and how the content changed from blog to book

15:40 Ann’s most memorable stories of acquiring books including the recruitment of a team of translators for a collection of short stories from São Tomé and Principé

22:00 Subsequent novels (including Beside Myself) and how reading diversely can change your writing

26:00 Ann’s best bits of advice for new bloggers

33:30 Ann’s reading list for A Year of Reading the World why you should consult it before travelling