South Coast Writers Centre

The Business of Publishing

The South Coast Writers Centre presents a two-day event on The Business of Publishing, with perspectives on Australian publishing from authors, editors, literary curators and publishers. Day One offers panel discussions with Q&A on the state of play, and Day Two offers an all-day intensive for authors who want to hone their skills. Hear from industry professionals, ask questions, learn about publishing models and trends, and find out what’s happening in Australian publishing today.

Day one

2pm – 2:40pm: Anthologies & the Small Press

Winnie Dunn, Editor with Sweatshop; Lore White, Editor in Chief of Baby Teeth Journal; and Sarah Nicholson, Editor of Heroines Anthology – facilitated by SCWC’s Events & Communications Manager Adara Enthaler.

What’s the place of the small press in publishing? What can they offer authors? Why would you want to and how can you create your own publications?

2:50pm – 3:50pm: Publishing – The Authors

Olivia Lanchester, CEO of Australian Society of Authors; author Pamela Cook, and author Alan Baxter - with facilitator Dr. Jackie Bailey.

Publishing from the perspective of authors: what’s the current publishing environment for writers who want to get books published? What are the possibilities and the pitfalls of commercial publishing? What are the other publishing models?

4pm- 5pm: Publishing – The Publishers

Tom Langshaw from Pantera Press; Xavier Hennekinne from Gazebo Press; and Laura Brading from Well Read - with facilitator Mary Van Reyk.

Publishing from the perspective of publishers and literary curators. What’s going on in Australian publishing? Are there differences between the Australian and overseas markets? What are publishers looking for and what are the opportunities for authors?

Day two

Publishing School for Writers

Former publisher, agent and advisor to ACT Writers’ Centre’s highly regarded HARDCOPY program, Mary Cunnane will demystify the publishing process for writers. How are books ‘signed’ up? What will a publisher do for an author? Do you need an agent? What’s the best way to develop an effective book proposal? These are just some of the questions that will be answered in this one-day workshop. Drawing on her extensive experience as a publisher and a literary agent in the US and Australia, Mary Cunnane will provide up-to-date information and help participants navigate their way to representation and/or publication.

Morning Session: 10am-12pm

The Publishing Process: how books are signed up; the editorial process; the legal and financial basics: contracts; royalties; subsidiary rights; marketing and publicity; what you can expect the publisher to do for you and your book and what you can’t; the ins and outs of finding overseas publishers.

Agents: What do they do? How do you find one? Pitfalls and positives.

Developing Your Book Project:  How to write a killer proposal.

Lunch: 12pm-1pm

Provided by the South Coast Writers Centre.

Afternoon Session: 1pm-3pm

A mock acquisitions meeting, with participants forming an editorial committee to which they present/pitch their projects.

About Mary Cunnane

Mary is a former publisher and literary agent and now a freelance editor and consultant. With three decades of experience in the book-publishing industry in the United States and Australia, Mary now provides freelance editorial services – manuscript evaluation and development, structural editing and line-editing – directly to authors, as well as via agent referrals or on behalf of publishers. Her track record in list-building, author relations, rights management and IP development informs her consulting services to publishers, cultural institutions, universities and for-profit businesses. She was the Advisory Publishing Editor on the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature. From 2014 to 2019, Mary was the program advisor to HARDCOPY, the ACT Writers Centre’s highly regarded writers development initiative funded by the Australia Council for the Arts. 

Event starts
Saturday 22 May, 2021
Event ends
Sunday 23 May, 2021
Coledale Community Hall
Venue Address
745 Lawrence Hargrave Dr

New South Wales , Coledale

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