Guess who got published? Louise Allan!

Yep not me, this post is all about the lovely Louise Allan and her debut book, The Sisters’ Song. It’s surreal watching a blogging buddy fly above and beyond to such new and unimaginable heights.

I’ve been following Louise closely after coming across her wonderfully popular Writer’s in the Attic’ series. It didn’t take me long to realise she was also getting published by Allen & Unwin. To say I was impressed is an understatement.

If you’re not an Australian native or connoisseur, Allen & Unwin are a well-established, independent book publisher here in Australia. They follow me on twitter, but I feel like they may have done that by accident.

Even though it’s not my book deal, it still feels pretty darn exciting. When I caught sight of Louise’s book in my local bookstore, I almost started jumping up and down like a proud relative.

I mean, this is the product of six years of hard work, not to mention the countless years of writing that came before. I can only hope to one day show as much dedication.

I was initially going to write a book review (this book deserves one), but then I realised, you know what, I’m actually pretty bad at writing reviews, so instead I’m going to paraphrase what most positive reviews are trying to convey:



One thing Stephen King taught me in his novel, On Writing, of which I finally took the plunge and read over Christmas, is that we are readers first. Reading should be part and parcel of being a writer, which is why I wanted to make the effort to read more this year. Luckily, this coincided perfectly with Louise’s book release, as her book came out January 2nd!

I was immediately drawn to The Sisters’ Song because I too have a younger sister who can sing. She’s so wonderfully talented and yet underestimates herself all the time. Not to mention I also have close relatives who own a beautiful farm in Tasmania just out of Launceston, of which I have visited many times over (they even have a cottage on the property that you can rent!) It’s one of my most favourite places in the world.

I could go on and on about Louise’s book, but I’m not really good at that kind of thing (reviews require fancy literary-like words). All I can say is that I read it, loved it and would highly recommend it if you’re looking for a truly touching tale that tugs at the tear ducts (sorry, that was genuine accidental alliteration hahaha).

If you are keen for a more detailed review, check out Marie McLean’s book review of The Sisters’ Song over at her website. Marie is far more adept at writing reviews than I, so you should definitely check her out. You can also download a Kindle sample of Louise’s book over at Amazon 🙂

Happy reading everyone!

47 thoughts

  1. Thank you so much for the shout-out for the review I wrote on The Sister’s Song, Milly.
    Can you believe it? Six years of hard work, writing a book that takes so little time to read because it’s so absorbing and you’re racing through pages, trying to find out what happens next. It blows me away every time I hear a ‘path to publication’ story like Louise’s.
    But the end result is amazing – and I agree with your words, ‘Buy the book now’. 😊

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    1. The review you did was on point! When I read it I was like, ‘well I can’t best that!’ It’s so exciting seeing Louise’s book, as you said, six years of hard work and there it is! I should have paced myself instead of reading her book in one sitting – oh well! 🙂 I LOVE reading those ‘path to publication’ stories!!

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      1. I have a friend in an online writing group who wrote a book, left it shelved for 10 years! Then went back to it, re-wrote parts and it was self published last year and she’s doing really well!! Kiltie Jackson…

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