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The Essentials of Publishing

What do you need to know about publishing a book and when do you need to know it? What do agents, publishers, editors, marketers and designers bring to the process? And how has the traditional model of publishing been affected by the growth of digital books and publishing start-ups?  In this two-day seminar, you will meet publishing experts and veterans – and get a sense of what it takes to get your manuscript from the bottom of your desk drawer to a reader’s bedside table.

About the speakers
Emmett Stinson
is a writer, critic and teacher, and has worked in the publishing industry in both the US and Australia since 1998. He was a co-founder and former president of the Small Press Network, Australia’s only advocacy body for small and independent publishers. He has won The Age Short Story Award, a Lanan Poetry Fellowship, the ArtsSA Creative Writing Award, and the Wagner Medal for Fiction; his collection of short stories, Known Unknowns, was shortlisted for the Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Literary Awards. From 2010-14, he was a lecturer in Publishing at the University of Melbourne. Currently, he works as a Lecturer in English at the University of Newcastle.

Bronwyn Mehan runs Spineless Wonders, an Indie press that publishes short Australian fiction in print, audio and digital formats. Along with a dynamic team, Mehan looks for innovative ways to connect Australian authors with new audiences through multi-platform storytelling such as interactive installations and video. She champions new literary forms such as microLit, collaborates with individual artists and organisations engaged in multi-media and the performing arts and supports emerging writers and editors. She is the producer and curator of the live show, Little Fictions, and founding member of the multi-discipline artist collective, #STORYBOMBING.

Bruce McCabe is the author of Skinjob, a cutting-edge thriller following the lives of an FBI agent and a policewoman as they work frantically to solve a high-pressure case. Bruce lived in Kenya, Fiji and Japan before returning to Sydney, where he is now based. He is an expert on innovation and how technologies impact people, wrote a weekly column in the Australian on this subject for three years, travels widely, writes constantly, and is currently finishing his second novel.

David Henley has been working in Australian publishing for over ten years and has walked the roads of self-publishing and traditional publishing, as well as taken dozens of books through to publication for others. He is one of the founders of Xoum Creative that provides production services to publishers large, small and independent and is the producer at Seizure, a volunteer-run publishing movement.

Dianne Blacklock is the author of nine novels of commercial women’s fiction, published both in Australia and overseas. She is also a busy freelance editor, with a focus on debut authors of women’s fiction and romance titles.

Karen Williams has worked in the book industry since 1982 and has been director of marketing at Allen & Unwin for more than 10 years. 

Kate Mayes is the non-fiction divisional sales manager at HarperCollins Australia.

Nada Backovic is a book designer and illustrator with more than 20 years experience in the publishing industry in Sydney and in London. A Nada currently operates her own design business working with a variety of mainstream publishers and self-publishers. She is based in Sydney.

Tara Wynne joined Curtis Brown UK in 1998, and moved to Curtis Brown Australia as a literary agent in 2002.

Tom Langshaw is an editor at Penguin Random House, where he works across the fiction and non-fiction lists for Random House Books.


Event starts
Saturday 3 June, 2017
Event Ends
Sunday 4 June, 2017
NSW Writers' Centre
Venue Address
Callan Park, Lilyfield

Sydney, Sydney

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