Can AI Replace an Author?

Can AI Replace an Author?

Artificial Intelligence

Since November 2022 the artificial intelligence chatbot ChatGPT has taken the world by storm. It has had a lot of attention for its detailed responses and articulate answers across many domains of knowledge. This raises the question can artificial intelligence (AI) replace an author?

Books about ChatGPT

During the first three months after ChatGPT became available to the public, hundreds of books appeared on Amazon about ChatGPT. A couple of examples are ChatGPT for Nonfiction Authors by Hassan Osman, and Write your book with ChatGPT by Tristan Mahlow.

My Question to ChatGPT

I posed a question to ChatGPT. I asked, “Can ChatGPT write a book?” This was the reply:

As an artificial language model, I am capable of generating text on a variety of topics, including fictional stories, non-fictional essays, and more. However, I am not capable of writing a book on my own, as writing a book requires a level of intentionality, creativity, and critical thinking that goes beyond the capabilities of AI language models.

That being said, I can certainly assist and provide support to human authors in a variety of ways, such as generating ideas, providing research material, or even offering suggestions on language and style. Ultimately, however, the actual process of writing a book, including conceptualising the plot, developing the characters, and weaving the narrative together, is a uniquely human endeavour that requires imagination, empathy, and personal experience.

The answer then to the question can AI replace an author is that at this point in time, AI can assist an author to write a book but not totally replace the author.

Here are some ways Artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to help write a book.

Can AI replace an author

Content generation

AI-powered content generation tools can be used to write a book automatically. These tools use natural language processing (NLP) algorithms to analyze large amounts of text and generate coherent sentences and paragraphs that make up a book. Authors can provide a general outline or topic for the book, and the AI generates the content based on that input.

Language Translation

AI can be used to translate a book written from one language to another. This can be useful for authors who want to reach a global audience and publish their work in multiple languages. Translation tools use machine learning algorithms to learn the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of different languages and accurately translate the text.

Editing and proofreading

AI-powered editing and proofreading tools can be used to improve the quality of a book’s writing. These tools use machine learning algorithms to identify grammar and spelling errors, incorrect word usage, and other common writing mistakes. They can also suggest alternative phrasing and sentence structures to make the writing more clear and more concise.

Book recommendation

AI can be used to recommend books to readers based on their interests, reading history, and other factors. This can help authors reach a wider audience and increase the visibility of their work.

Revolutionise the book world

Overall, artificial intelligence (AI) has the potential to revolutionise the way books are created and published, making it easier and more efficient for authors to produce high-quality content that reaches a global audience.

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Market Your Book Early

Market Your Book Early

Market your book early


Q: When should I start marketing my book?

A: Market your book early.

A smart way to build an audience for your book and generate interest in it is to start the marketing strategy even before your book has been written or published. 

Market your book early because you can build up a huge following of potential readers so that when your book is released, you’ve already got an audience to promote it to. Create a book buzz.

Validate your idea

Before you start writing validate your idea. Assuming you want to produce a book that sells write in a profitable niche and define your target audience. Who will read your book? Consider, then, the goals for your book.

Draft metadata

In this early phase of creation draft your metadata – your author bio, a title and sub-title, do some research into Amazon categories, make a list of possible keywords, and draft the book description.

Plant the seed

Start planting the seed for your forthcoming book. Build your author website where you can share updates about your writing process, snippets of your book, and other related content. This will be your author hub and the foundation for your marketing strategy.

Use the website to build an email list of potential readers. Offer exclusive content to your email subscribers or social media followers; provide behind-the-scenes glimpses into your writing process or early access to your book.

Create social media profiles for you as the author, share updates and interact with potential readers. Use social media ads to promote your book to a wider audience.

Book fairs and events

Market your book early

Attend book fairs and events in your genre and network with other authors and potential readers. You can also promote your book by giving out bookmarks, business cards, or other promotional materials.

Create a media kit

Once your target audience is defined organise your marketing message with promotional hooks, “sell sheets”, author photographs, professional book covers, and book trailers so that potential readers get a taste of your book. Share this on your website, on social media, or YouTube, with potential book reviewers and local media.

Launch team

Organise a launch team. Give Advanced Review Copies (ARCs) to your team because these can be the source of book reviews when your book is published. You need reviews because many people will buy a book based on other people’s recommendations.

Once you have solid reviews, your success is almost guaranteed.

At the same time try to get blurbs or endorsements for your book to help with the marketing when the book is released.

Remember to build relationships with your potential readers on social media and your email list. This way, when your book is finally published, you’ll have a loyal following of people who are eager to read your book.

Start your marketing campaign early. You’ll thank yourself later when your book is on the way to success. 

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Building Your Author Platform

Building Your Author Platform


As an aspiring author do you want to build an author platform? Your answer should be “Yes” as it’s an essential step to establishing a strong presence in the book world. 

Author platform

Building an author platform is not just about writing and publishing your book. Nor is it about doing lots of promotions to make sales.

Your Presence as an Author

Yes, you do sell your work, but you sell books because of who you are and the people that follow you.

An author platform is your name, your personality, your reputation, and the connections that you have. 

Authors who self-publish need a platform to promote their books and become successful. This is not only for self-publishers; it’s for all authors and for those who publish with mainstream publishers. These days publishers expect their authors to have an author platform.

When you have an author platform: 

  • you stand out from the crowd 
  • you are set apart

But building an author platform is not something that you establish overnight; it takes time to develop.

Building your author platform means that as time goes on you have a presence, a personality, expertise, and a brand. Your personality and branding come across in the online space as well as outside the internet.

You have a presence that is communicated to your followers in what you’ve written, the information about you, your blog posts, and your social media posts with all of this accumulating on a platform in which your personality shines through. 

It takes time

Building your author platform is a long-term process.

You start small and slowly over time your presence grows and is established. There is no end to it. 

You’ve got to work at it and let your presence evolve.

You will establish your brand and this helps your audience to recognise you and form an opinion about you. 

The foundation and starting point for building your author platform is your expertise, your personality, and the books that you produce. 

Steps to building your author platform

Author platform

Here are six steps to take to build your author platform.

1. Define Your Brand

Define your Brand. Identify your target audience, the topics you want to write about, and the tone of your writing. This will help you to develop a clear brand that will attract readers who are interested in your work.

2. Build a Website

Build a website. Your website should be the hub of your author platform. It should include your author bio, a list of your books, and information about your upcoming projects. You can also include a blog where you can share your thoughts on writing and your life as an author.

3. Engage on Social Media

Engage on Social Media. Social media is a powerful tool for building your author platform. Choose social media platforms that are most popular with your target audience, and engage with readers by sharing updates about your writing process. Share insights into your life as an author, and provide interesting links or articles that are related to your work.

4. Build an Email List 

Build an Email List. Email marketing is a highly effective way to reach your readers directly. Offer a free gift or incentive in exchange for readers’ email addresses and regularly send them updates about your writing and upcoming projects.

5. Network

Network with other authors. Collaborating with other authors can help you reach a wider readership base and build your reputation as an author. Consider guest blogging on other writers’ websites, participate in online writing communities, or host joint events or book launches.

6. Events and conferences

Attend events and conferences. Attending events and conferences related to your writing can help you network with other writers, publishers, and industry professionals. This can lead to valuable opportunities to showcase your work, gain new readers, and establish relationships that can benefit your writing career in the future.

Building an author platform takes time and consistent effort, but it can pay off in the long run. 

By following these six steps and staying focused on your writing goals, you can establish a strong author platform that will help you reach your audience and build your career as an author.

If you want to learn a lot more about building an author platform there is an entire module devoted to this topic in The Self-Publishing Genius.

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Is Time Your Enemy?

Is Time Your Enemy?


time management


Many aspiring authors say that time is their enemy. Is this you? Is time your enemy?

Your problem is you don’t have enough time in the day to get on with your writing.

You want to write a book. You are ready to write it. You’ve gathered together a lot of knowledge, done the research, and you believe you have something to say that will benefit others.

So why haven’t you done it yet?

The truth is, writing a book is challenging and there is so much going on in your life.

You want to get your book written and actually complete it. 

Manage time

When Time is your enemy you must learn to manage it. By mastering time well you can achieve everything you want in life.

Here are 12 tips for managing your time effectively.

1 – Set Priorities

Determine the most important tasks and complete these first.

time management

2 – Plan ahead  

Create a daily or weekly schedule to plan your time and make the most of it.

3 – Minimise Distractions

Avoid distractions like social media, emails, drop-in visitors, and the mobile phone.  Turn off notifications or put your phone on silent.

4 – Use a timer

Set a timer for a specific amount of time for each task. This will help you focus and work more efficiently.

5 –  Eliminate time-wasters

Identify tasks that take up a lot of time but add little value to what you are doing.  Eliminate them.

6  – Delegate tasks

Delegate tasks to others to free up your time and focus on more important tasks.

7 – Take breaks

Regular breaks can relax the mind and refresh it. This can help increase productivity.

8 – Use time management tools

Use tools like calendars, to-do lists, and time-tracking apps, to help manage your time.

9 – Avoid multitasking

Focusing on one task at a time is more effective than trying to do multiple things at once.

10 – Evaluate regularly

Regularly evaluate how you are spending your time and make adjustments as necessary.

11 – Stay organized

Keeping a clean and organized workspace will help you find things quickly and reduce wasted time.

12 – Be flexible

Be open to changes and be willing to adjust your schedule if the unexpected occurs.

So you now have a number of tips on how to manage time.

In conclusion, focus on how you are spending the time that you have available. If you master your time well you will be able to create a life balance. 

time management

It won’t be always about sacrificing the activities you like to do. Your book will get written when you achieve time mastery.

When you manage your time successfully and practise it, you will make time to pursue your creativity, become more productive, build in your life’s obligations, and still have time for some rest and recreation.

The top secret to time management lies in understanding why you are pursuing a creative goal like producing a book and then learning to prioritise tasks. It is this ability to prioritise and select the tasks that matter which will drive you forward to your ultimate goal.


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Where To Publish My Book?

Where To Publish My Book



“I don’t know where to publish my book” is a common question from aspiring authors.

If you dream of becoming a published author, in today’s publishing landscape you can try to get a publishing deal with a mainstream publisher or you can self-publish. 

But should you want to skip trying to negotiate a deal with a traditional publishing company choose a self-publishing platform that suits you.



distribution network

Alongside the Amazon platform is the IngramSpark platform.

Based in Tennessee in the United States IngramSpark was established nearly 50 years ago and is the largest book distributor in the world, serving both physical and online bookstores.

When you publish with IngramSpark you are connected to one of the publishing industry’s largest global book distribution networks. It makes titles available to over 40,000 outlets around the world. These include retailers, libraries, schools, and eCommerce companies including Amazon, Barnes & Noble and others.

Ingram owns the world’s most technologically advanced print-on-demand company. This is Lightning Source, which produces books at multiple facilities across the globe. 

Print on Demand (POD)

Print on Demand (POD) is a printing technology. It means that your book is only printed once when it is actually purchased. As soon as a customer buys a book the POD book is printed and shipped to the customer.  There is no need for the author to hold inventory saving them thousands of dollars as a result.

Very simply with IngramSpark, you

  • publish your book on its platform
  • your title is plugged into Ingram’s distribution network
  • The retailer (bookstore, library supplier) orders your book through IngramSpark’s distribution channel.
  • IngramSpark prints physical book orders and ships them to the customer, retailer, or library.
  • Authors receive book royalty payments for each book sold.

In Australia, the books are printed at the IngramSpark facility in Melbourne. With Amazon, the printing facility is in Sydney.

Where To Publish My Book

Book distribution has always been a major stumbling block for self-published authors. With IngramSpark authors get the same access to book distribution channels as major traditional publishers.

If your goal is to get your book into bookstores and libraries you need to go through IngramSpark.This is because IngramSpark’s distribution service allows distributors (like bookstores and retailers) to order your book directly through the IngramSpark publishing platform.


When starting your self-publishing journey do your apprenticeship with Amazon. It’s free and user-friendly. Down the track, however, if you want to develop your career as an author and self-publisher consider using both platforms. 

There is a cost with Ingram and it is not as user-friendly as Amazon but if bookstores and libraries are your markets then IngramSpark is your platform.

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Pathway To Opportunity

Pathway To Opportunity


published author

Self-publishing on Amazon is a great place to start your career as a published author. As a published author you access a pathway to opportunity, advancement, and success.

Special status

The thing about published authors is that they exude a magnetic attraction. In our culture the author of a book is someone special; they have standing, and they enjoy the elevated status of being an author.  They are branded with distinction. 

Haven’t you ever noticed the adulation, the respect and the admiration that is heaped on authors?

As a non-fiction author you are recognised as an expert in some form of knowledge; and, as a fiction author you are perceived as gifted and talented – someone who can draw a reader into your web.

Boost credibility

Publishing a non-fiction book boosts your credibility and authority. This in turn can improve your business. You are set apart as the authority in your field.

Celebrity and influencer


Once you are a self-published author not only are you able to share your story with the world, you’re also in a position to gain speaking opportunities and influence others. Opportunity presents itself and you can become a celebrity and influencer. 

As a creative entrepreneur this may mean speaking engagements, being part of an international speakers circuit, becoming a media personality, distinguishing yourself as a podcaster, or gaining recognition with a YouTube channel.

What may start as a hobby on Amazon has the potential to escalate into a scalable business, a long term business, or even a publishing empire.

Multiple streams of income


Multiple streams of income

A side hustle started on Amazon can grow into multiple streams of income. 

Authors can move beyond the Amazon ecosystem with traditional publishers noticing them and even offering a publishing deal.

There are massive opportunities for additional passive income as you embrace global markets, produce books in multiple formats, create branded series, expand the publishing of your books to other platforms (IngramSpark, Kobo, iBooks), and publishing in multiple genres.

Ebooks and audiobooks continue to grow in popularity. With just one click a Kindle eBook is delivered immediately to a free Kindle app on your computer, your iPad or smartphone. 

An audiobook is popular because it allows you to enjoy a book while being engaged in some other activity such as commuting or exercising. 

Promote your expertise

As you expand, develop and promote your expertise there is opportunity to become a coach, or a creator of courses.

A how-to book, for instance, might qualify you to be a coach with prospects wanting to sign up to learn from you.

As a book author others quickly acknowledge that you are the expert.

Savvy authors can grow a strong base of online followers that allows them to directly engage with their readers and drive sales via their websites and social media channels. 

DIY ecommerce platforms make it easy for authors to create online stores that let readers browse their titles, add to a shopping cart, and pay for their purchases with just a few clicks. 

If becoming a published author interests you then do your apprenticeship on the Amazon platform. This is your starting point. From here your can explore other opportunities and who knows where this journey will take you.

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The Dangerous Life of an Author

The Dangerous Life of an Author 



With writing, or in fact with any creative pursuit, there is a compulsion – you just have to do it, and this compulsion can lead to the dangerous life of an author.

Occupational health hazard

This raises the question – is writing an occupational health hazard?

When creating a manuscript think about the long hours that are spent hunched over the computer. Then there is the strain on the eyes – staring at a computer screen for hours and hours at a time. 

And possibly for some, there is the drinking – those multiple sips of wine. Creativity is often fuelled by alcohol because it may release inhibitions and stimulate the muse.

Then there is the caffeine hit – the endless cups of coffee or the favourite snacks.

Consider the long-term effects on the body of spending all this time at the computer, typing away, looking at the screen, and sipping away.  

Working on a manuscript can be obsessive. It may mean never moving away from the computer. You become so involved in the creative pursuit that you don’t even think about what all of this may be doing to your body.

Sedentary lifestyle

The compulsive act of writing leading to long hours of sedentary activity can result in poor posture, eye strain, and repetitive strain injuries to your wrists and fingers.  

Finally, when you have thoroughly exhausted yourself you hit the sack, sleep for awhile, and then start all over again.

Unfortunately, the sedentary life of an author can be dangerous.

Chronic health issues

Writing is an occupational health hazard if you are not careful. It can lead to all sorts of unpleasant, chronic health problems ranging from obesity to cardiovascular disease not to mention the dangers of poor posture.

Here are a few tips to avoid falling down the rabbit hole. 

Standing desk

Tips for avoiding the dangers


  1. Think about a more ergonomically-conscious workspace.  
  2. Reduce the time you spend sitting in front of the computer.  Every 30 minutes get up and move.
  3. Try standing up to work at your computer – invest in a convertible standing desk. Standing may result in health benefits such as lowering the risk of weight gain and obesity, reducing back pain, improving mood and boosting energy levels.
  4. Set a timer so that every 60 or 90 minutes there is a reminder to go for a short walk. Or you may invest in an exercise bike, or do some stretches.
  5. Spending hour after hour staring at the computer screen can result in eyestrain. In addition to working on your computer, you’ll be looking at other digital devices as well – your tablet, smartphone, or smart TV.  Take steps to combat the effects of eyestrain.
  6. Being hunched over the computer for long periods of time may result in bad posture. This in turn can result in neck and back pain, headaches, poor circulation or hand and wrist pain, as well as permanent damage, if not rectified early in the piece.
  7. To combat the adverse effects of the writing lifestyle build regular exercise into your daily life and move your body as often as possible. 


Daily exercise

Exercise bike

Daily exercise will boost your energy, keep your weight in control, and help avoid some nasty diseases that occur as a result of inactivity.

When your whole life revolves around your writing aim for a work-lifestyle balance, and become a healthier writer.

Look after your body and make it your number one priority when you are writing.

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How To Promote Your Book

How To Promote Your Book


Book launch

If you have a book ready to publish or you’ve already published a book you need to know how to promote your book.

And by the way, congratulations on reaching this point.

It doesn’t matter where readers buy your book whether it be on Amazon, from IngramSpark, Booktopia or your online store. Marketing your book is about letting readers know about your book and where they can buy it.

There are an endless array of options for promoting your book and the question is how can you cut through the noise. As a novice use at least one or two methods that work for you.

Email list

An email list would have to be the most important asset any author could have. I think it should lie at the heart of any author’s marketing campaign.

Before the advent of the internet and the concept of email marketing, we used to talk about the Names List. If you were in sales and marketing you’d be asked, “How big is your Names List?.”

The old concept of the Names List has evolved into the online space of the email list. This is your database. This marketing tool is a method for letting people know about your book.


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As your email list starts to grow you will want to automate it. Automation involves having an autoresponder.

There are many autoresponders from which to choose. They range from free ones to help get you started like Mailchimp and MailerLite. Get Response also starts with a free option. Then there is Aweber and top-of-the-range autoresponders like Infusionsoft and Keap.

Once you have an autoresponder you will need to learn the protocols for list building and maintaining good hygiene for your email list.

Growing your list

To grow your list you will need a website or a landing page with a lead magnet. This is the place where new contacts subscribe to your email list.

Once a subscriber enters their name and email into the lead magnet form that information goes into your autoresponder which you use to manage your database.

As your email list grows you will send blog posts or newsletters to people on your list. You will do this regularly.

Over time as your growing email list grows, you will develop relationships with members of your list as they become your followers.

Your own audience 

The email list is about establishing your audience. Over time this audience gets to know you and individuals on the list will decide if they like you and trust you.

They will want to hear from you and learn from you so they will be happy to receive your emails.

Their permission was given to you so that you can legally connect with them.

If your subscribers don’t want to hear from you they will unsubscribe but as your email list grows you are building a following that is pleased to read your email content.

Just imagine building a list of 5,000 or 10,000 people. If you have nurtured this audience and these people have become your followers isn’t there every chance that many of these people will want to purchase your book?

Many on your email will want to buy your book.


I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “The money is in the list”. As an author, you want to be able to sell your book/s. You’ve put so much love, sweat and tears into it so wouldn’t it be wonderful to be renumerated for the effort that you’ve made?

So don’t put off building your email list!

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Fast Self-Publishing Mastery

Fast Self-Publishing Mastery


Become A Self-Published Author


Do you want to develop fast self-publishing mastery? If so, you will need to develop and practise the appropriate skills.

If your game plan is to publish just one book you will not get the practice. To become good at something you need to repeat the actions over and over again.

But the question is how to go about it. How do you get to become good at publishing?

I’m going to tell you how I developed my publishing skills and got the practice.

Low-content books

Some years ago I discovered the concept of publishing low-content books.

A low-content book has little or no content on its interior pages. These pages are generally repetitive and are designed to be filled in by the user.

Common examples of low-content books include notebooks, planners, journals, prompt books, step-by-step guides, password books, diaries, sketchbooks, log books, and guest books. They are any type of book that has no text or just a little text.

Just one?

The most dangerous number in business is 1 (one) and this applies to the book business. Never depend on “1” of anything in business.

One “1” is a dangerous number.

If you only self-publish one book you will never develop the skills needed for self-publishing.

To practise self-publishing you need to publish multiple books.

You need the practice of doing it over and over again. By publishing multiple low-content books you will quickly develop the appropriate skills.


When starting out as an Indie author I published a batch of notebooks. Notebooks are fast to create and you can use the Amazon platform to publish them.

They are in fact activity books. The end-user can write on the pages or make drawings.  To make the interior a little more interesting the pages of ruled lines could be broken up with quotes or even some illustrations.

The advantage of publishing notebooks is that they are fast to make.

To successfully sell notebooks the idea behind them is to research a profitable niche, apply appropriate keywords, and then design an eye-catching cover.

When I started my apprenticeship in publishing I made about twenty of these notebooks. It was an experiment and I used them as Christmas gifts for my young nieces and nephews.

The benefit


The great benefit of this experiment was that I learnt a lot about how to

  • research and identify a profitable niche,
  • create book covers that sell,
  • identify a target audience, 
  • optimise the listing of these books on Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) 
  • do keyword research
  • make titles and sub-titles, 
  • understand categories, and 
  • write book descriptions.

To my surprise about half of these notebooks actually sold.

As a result of this experiment, I learned the value of getting a lot of practice at becoming an Indie author. It was an exercise in publishing a lot of books fast and generating multiple sales opportunities.

By publishing a lot of low-content books I learned the fundamentals of self-publishing and quickly mastered the skills.

Once you set up your KDP account on Amazon there are no limits to how many books you can create.

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New Book Release

New Book Release



A new book release Gates of Gold is the first in the series – Gold! Hidden Stories of Australia’s Past.

“Around 16% of all the gold on the planet is buried under our red Aussie earth” and it’s in times of uncertainty when investors flock to and cling to gold. 

Gates of Gold


Gates of Gold tells about the discovery of gold and the legacy it left that changed the face of Australia defining and shaping its identity. Learn about:

  • how, in the lead up to the discovery of gold with the trailblazing of the British into Victoria and beyond the lives of First Nations people were irrevocably changed.
  • The catastrophic impact on First Nations people and how they found ways to survive even when the odds were pitched so much against them.
  • How Australia became like a whirlpool of molten gold sucking in men and women from all over the world creating a population explosion with diverse communities and religions, different races, and different ideologies.
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Anti-Chinese Roll Up banner

  • The coming of the Chinese, who contributed greatly to the Australian story, but whose migration to the goldfields gave birth to racist, anti-Chinese sentiment. 
  • The seeds of the Australian uprising and how the Eureka Stockade on the goldfields in 1854 was a battle inspired by political purpose. 
  • A landscape transformed, a country upset, turned upside down, and a once pristine environment redesigned.
  • How the prevailing attitudes of the Europeans in the nineteenth century justified their actions prior to the discovery of gold and its aftermath.

About the author

Marji Hill in the Gates of Gold explores themes to do with the First Nations, the Chinese in Australia, Australia’s multicultural melting pot, Australian identity, Democratic rights, and law and order.

She is the author of more than 70 books.  Marji is a highly respected international author as well as a seasoned business executive, researcher, coach and visual artist. She is passionate about promoting understanding between Australia’s first people and other Australians.


“Gates of Gold is an important addition to the historical record. Gold is pivotal in the nation’s history. It features in its defining moments and its discovery is engraved into the Australian story and its destiny. In addition, Marji Hill refers to the hidden stories relating to First Nations people. the Chinese question, the fight for democratic rights, and the tensions between law and order.”    John Foley, Barrister

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Gold series

The other 4 books in the Gold series are

  • Shadows of Gold:  Eureka and the Birth of Australian Democracy
  • Gold and the Chinese:  Racism, Riots and Protest on the Australian Goldfields
  • Ghosts of Gold: The Life and Times of Jupiter Mosman
  • Blood Gold:  Native Police, Bushrangers & Lawlessness on the Australian Goldfields

The Gold series is beautifully illustrated with Marji Hill’s own artwork.

Anyone who relishes uncovering hidden stories, iconic episodes or truth-telling to do with Australia’s past, will delight in this book and the forthcoming ones in this series.

Gates of Gold is available at a discounted price on



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