Aaron Mannion is a writer, editor, publisher and academic based in Melbourne. He is deputy chair of the Small Press Network and co-convener of the Independent Publishing Conference’s academic day. Currently, he is the staff coordinator at the University of Melbourne’s Grattan Street Press. His work has been published in Wet Ink, The Sleepers Almanac, Island, Review of Australian Fiction and elsewhere.
Alex Adsett is a publishing consultant and literary agent who offers commercial contract advice to authors and publishers. She serves on various boards around Australia and talks regularly on copyright and contracts.
Adele Walsh is Program Coordinator for the Centre for Youth Literature, an inaugural LoveOzYA commitee member and sits on the Melbourne Writers Festival Schools Advisory Committee. She has a professional background as a teacher and is a well-known youth literature blogger.
Aimee Rhodes is the Young Adult Services team leader at Melbourne Library Service. She is also a sessional academic at Charles Sturt University, where she teaches Library Services for Children and Youth in the School of Information Studies.
Alexandra Dane is a PhD candidate. Her project ‘Gender and the accumulation of prestige in Australian book publishing’ examines the relationship between gender, the accumulation of symbolic capital and understandings of literary value.
Angela Meyer is a Melbourne-based writer and professional reader, and the commissioning editor for the Echo imprint at Bonnier Publishing Australia. Angela reviews books for her long-running blog LiteraryMinded and her reviews have been published by the Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald, The Big Issue and journals and websites around the world.
Angela Namoi has worked at Allen & Unwin for 33 years and is currently the rights and international sales director for A&U’s children’s and young adult list. She has been a regular visitor at all the major book fairs over many years, as well as visiting New York, Chicago, London, Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong regularly. In 2014 Angela was awarded the Pixie O’Harris Award and in 2016 the George Robertson Award for services to Australian literature. Earlier this year she was granted four-year funding for an Australian collective stand at Bologna.
Anna Esposito is the PR and Marketing Director at Alphabet Communications, a PR agency catering to publishers, authors and lifestyle brands. She has over 15 years experience working in marketing and publicity roles in Melbourne, Sydney and New York including Penguin, Hachette, Pan Macmillan, Lothian Books and Bloomsbury USA.
Annie Hall is the publisher at Three Kookaburras, a small press that focuses on publishing non-fiction and experimental fiction. She is also a freelance editor, proofreader and writer, as well as a board member of the Small Press Network.
Beth Driscoll is Senior Lecturer in Publishing and Communications at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of The New Literary Middlebrow: Tastemakers and Reading in the Twenty-First Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). She researches contemporary cultures of publishing and reading and is currently a chief investigator on two Australian Research Council Discovery Projects, “Genre Worlds: Australian Popular Fiction in the Twenty-First Century” (2016-2018) and “New Tastemakers and Australia’s Post-digital Literary Culture” (2017-2019).
Bianca Whiteley started her career in publishing at Murdoch Books in 1999, and spent seven years in various roles including Inventory Management. She joined Nielsen Book in 2006 where her latest role is Senior Account Manager (Publishers). For the past 11 years she has helped publishers and retailers make the most of the data and is currently working on establishing Nielsen’s ebook sales tracking service across Australia and New Zealand. Passionate about books, data and the Australian publishing industry.
Blaise Van Hecke is co-owner and publisher at Busybird Publishing. She is also an award-winning writer, photographer and current president of the Society of Women Writers Victoria. Busybird Publishing is a hybrid publisher that publishes a handful of titles yearly as well as helping writers to self-publish through mentorship.
Brigid Magner is a Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies and founding member of the non/fictionLab research group at RMIT University. Her book On the Trail: Reading Literary Places in Australia is forthcoming with Anthem Press. Her current research project is Reading/Writing the Mallee (with Emily Potter).
Christine Mackenzie has had a long career in public libraries, including 12 years as CEO of Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service. Christine is Executive Officer of the Public Libraries of Victoria Network (PLVN) and the President Elect for the International Federations of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).
Danielle Dowell is the Office Manager of Magabala Books, a press that seeks to restore, preserve and maintain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures by recording, promoting and publishing a body of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices.
Deborah Lee has a breadth of industry experience, having started in trade sales and eventually becoming a publishing manager in the academic/professional space. In 2014 she joined Lightning Source, working with a diverse range of publishers to offer print-on-demand and global distribution solutions that directly address changing market demands.
Dennis Jones is the director of Dennis Jones & Associates, a company that distributes for over 500 Australian publishers, and provides representation and advice on publishing. He is also the publisher of the company’s digital division, Port Campbell Press, which provides digital publishing and distribution services.
Elizabeth Flux is a freelance writer and editor whose fiction and nonfiction work is widely published. In 2017 she was the recipient of a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship and was a judge for the Scribe Prize. She is the editor of Writers Bloc and Reading Victoria, is a past editor of Voiceworks and On Dit, and has overseen short-term projects including the Summer In The City of Literature series for Melbourne City of Literature. She was the winner of the inaugural Feminartsy Fiction Prize and has a short story in the upcoming 2017 Best Australian Stories.
Emily Potter is a Senior Lecturer in Literary Studies, and Associate Head of School (Research) in the Faculty of Arts, at Deakin University. She publishes across Australian literary studies, environmental cultural studies and studies of place and place-making. Her latest book Field Notes on Belonging: Non-indigenous Australian literature at the millennium will be published by Intellect in 2018.
Emmett Stinson is Lecturer in English and Writing at the University of Newcastle. He is author of Satirizing Modernism (Bloomsbury, 2017) and co-author of Banning Islamic Books (Melbourne University Publishing, 2011). He researches modern and contemporary literature, literary cultures, and digital literature. He is a chief investigator on the Australian Research Council Discovery Project, “New Tastemakers and Australia’s Post-digital Literary Culture” (2017-2019).
Fiona Tuomy is an award-winning writer, director and producer. As well as being a creative practitioner, Fiona has worked in a diverse range of leadership and educational roles across the screen, arts, literary and disability sectors. Since July 2012, she has been Mentor-in-Residence on the award winning and international best practice model Write-ability program for writers with disability. Fiona has worked closely with hundreds of writers with disability to help them develop their story ideas and projects across a range of genres, encouraging the importance of lived experience and authentic voices. Through the development of new initiatives and capacity building programs, she has also led the way in the development of inclusive practice models that have been adopted throughout the broader creative sector. Fiona identifies as a person with disability and is a recipient of 2017 Screen Australia initiative Seeing Ourselves: Developing the Developer, and through this program is currently working in a screen development role.
Gary Copeland has worked in the book industry for 30 years. Since being given a project to identify the causes of stock inaccuracies at Standard Books (now Dymocks Adelaide) early in his career he has always had an interest in data quality. Gary has spent the last six years working at Thorpe-Bowker as the business and data analyst for TitlePage, prior to which he spent a number of years supporting the PacStream EDI service. He also has experience with Bowker’s Books In Print database, the Australian ISBN agency and offers a consulting service for publishers grappling with ONIX.
Gary Pengelly has worked within the publishing industry for 32 years holding finance and operational roles at HarperCollins and McGraw-Hill before starting PacStream, the industry e-commerce business, which he ran for 15 years before accepting his current role of General Manager, Thorpe-Bowker.
Gregory Crocetti is a publisher at Scale Free Network and used the crowd-funding site Pozible to raise funds for the publication of the award-winning graphic novel The Invisible War. Together with his Scale Free Network collaborator Briony Barr, Gregory manages a team of writers, visual artists, scientists, educators and designers to create the Small Friends book series: stories of partnership between microbes and larger forms of life.
Heather Blakey was recently awarded first class honours from The University of Western Australia in for her thesis ‘Striving for Connection: Collaborative Empathy in the Narrative Video Game’. She joined Fremantle Press in 2017 as the Marketing, Communications and Sales Assistant following an internship at UWA Publishing. She has previously worked as an academic research assistant at Edith Cowan University, and her writing has been published by Pelican Magazine and Australian Arts Review. She is currently in the process of establishing an online publication, Popjective, with the goal of providing a space for thoughtful discussion of contemporary issues in technology, gaming, and the cultures that surround them.
Dr Ika Willis is Senior Lecturer in English Literatures at the University of Wollongong. Her book on Reception, which brings together theories of reception, reading and interpretation from literary studies, Biblical studies, Classics, media history, and book history, will be published by Routledge in October 2017. This paper is part of a broader research project for which the author is currently developing an ARC Linkage application with David Rhodes (ECU) and #LoveOzYA
Jackie Tang is editor of Australian book-industry publication Books+Publishing and has worked in the book industry as an editor, writer and data analyst.
Jerath Head is assistant editor at Griffith Review, and was co-editor of the Millennials Strike Back edition. He’s also a research assistant for Griffith University’s Policy Innovation Hub, and writes sporadically – most recently for Kill Your Darlings, Griffith Review and Overland.
Jocelyn Hargrave is a Teaching Associate in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University, as well as Sessional Diplomas Teacher – Arts at Monash College. She graduated in March 2017 with her doctorate; her PhD thesis, entitled ‘Style matters: the influence of editorial style on the publishing of English’, investigated the evolution of editorial style in early-modern England and its impact on the publishing of content. Jocelyn is Reviews Editor for the Australasian Journal of Victorian Studies, and has worked in educational publishing for twenty years, eighteen as an editor.
Joel Becker has been CEO of the Australian Booksellers Association since 2010. Prior to that that he was Executive Director of the Victorian Writers’ Centre for eight years. Joel has been an active contributor to the literary sector for 45 years – as a bookseller, writer and editor, cultural project manager and industry advocate. Joel has judged numerous literary awards; been involved in the successful bid to make Melbourne a UNESCO City of Literature; advocated for the creation of what became the Wheeler Centre, a literary hub for books and writing; and developed National Bookshop Day (now Love Your Bookshop Day).
Julieanne Lamond lectures in English at Australian National University. Her research and teaching focuses on the intersection between literary and popular cultures of reading. She has published essays on Australian writers (Rosa Praed, Barbara Baynton, Steele Rudd, Miles Franklin, Christos Tsiolkas), gender and Australian literary culture, digital approaches to studying the history of reading, mass market fiction at the turn of the twentieth century, and book reviewing in Australia. She is editor of Australian Literary Studies.
Julienne van Loon’s first novel, Road Story, won The Australian/Vogel’s Award in 2004 and was shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Award (Fiction) and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Asia and Pacific). Her later works, Beneath the Bloodwood Tree (2008) and Harmless (2013) were published to wide critical acclaim. Julienne ran the Creative Writing program at Curtin University in Perth for many years, and is well known as a Creative Writing doctoral supervisor. She now lives in Melbourne, where she is a Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow in the School of Media & Communication at RMIT.
Karen Andrews is the author and creative director of karenandrews.com.au, one of the most established and well-respected parenting blogs in the country. She is also an author, award-winning writer, poet, editor and publisher at Miscellaneous Press.
Katie Hansord completed her PhD in 2013 on Women’s poetry in Colonial Australia. She has published in ALS, JASAL and Hecate on the poets Caroline Leakey, Eliza Hamilton Dunlop, and Louisa Lawson, co-edited a special issue of New Scholar (“Cosmopolitanism and its Critics”), and has taught poetry at Deakin University.
Katya Johanson is Associate Professor in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University. Her professional background and teaching area is in book editing and publishing. Her research focuses on the relationship between cultural policies, artistic production adn the audience experience across a range of artforms. For the past two years, she has been researching the leisure reading behaviour of Australian teenagers.
Keiran Rogers is the Sales & Marketing Director at Affirm Press and in 18 years in publishing has worked for three other Australian independent Publishers: Lothian Books, Hardie Grant and Hinkler.
Khyiah Angel writes YA fiction, both in traditional print formats and hybrid cross-platform & multimodal formats. She runs Typology Publishing, a new publishing house with a focus on multimodal and transmedia texts for young adults, which includes an online learning platform for authors to assist them diversify their writing skill-set. Khyiah is the author/developer of mBook, I Know Why You Run, the first paperback novel to incorporate multimodality into its paper format via the use of Augmented Reality.
Kim Wilkins is a Senior Lecturer in Writing and Program Director of the postgraduate writing, editing, and publishing program at the University of Queensland. She is also a writer of popular fiction, and has published 30 books across a number of genres, and for a range of audiences. Her work has been translated into twenty languages. Her academic work encompasses scholarship about fantasy fiction, the uses of medievalism in popular culture, genre fiction, and creative writing. She is currently a chief investigator on the Australian Research Council Discovery Project, “Genre Worlds: Australian Popular Fiction in the Twenty-First Century” (2016-2018).
Kirstin Corcoran has worked in publishing for more than ten years, with roles in sales, product, marketing and publicity. Kirstin is currently consumer marketing and publicity manager at Bonnier Publishing Australia, and oversees campaigns for the children’s and adult imprints.
Laurel Cohn is a developmental book editor passionate about the power of stories in our lives. She has been working with writers and publishers for over 25 years and recently completed a PhD in literary studies at the University of Queensland. www.laurelcohn.com.au.
Lefa Singleton Norton is a freelance writer, editor and producer based in Melbourne. She is the founder of Women in Literary Arts Australia, an initiative which aims to foster community and promote women in the literary arts.
Leonee Derr has worked in public libraries for almost 12 years. Whilst moonlighting as a team leader in libraries, Leonee enjoys discovering new ways to engage community, managing (ie vigorously weeding!) library collections, and strives to enhance community experience of libraries. Her passion is to enable young people to be self-determined about how they’d like to engage with library spaces and find ways to engage them without programming them to death.
Leonie Rutherford is Senior Lecturer in Children’s Literature at Deakin University. Her research expertise lies in children’s and youth literature, children’s media and writing. She has conducted research on the generation of digital natives and their use of old and new media, and on the relationship between screen habits and health outcomes in children. She is currently leading a project on Australian Teenagers’ Reading and Digital Practices.
Linh Thùy Nguyễn is a writer, editor and arts producer based in Naarm (Melbourne). She is the Program Coordinator of the Emerging Writers’ Festival, an Online Editor for The Lifted Brow and Deputy Editor of Liminal Magazine. She was an Associate Producer of the 2016 Independent Publishing Conference and a Creative Producer for the 2017 Emerging Writers’ Festival. She is part of Australia Council’s 2018 ‘Future Leaders Program’.
Associate Professor Mark Davis coordinates the Publishing and Communications program in the School of Culture and Communication at The University of Melbourne. He is the author of Gangland: Cultural Elites and the New Generationalism (1997, 1999) and The Land of Plenty: Australia in the 2000s (2008). He is Lead Investigator of the Australian Research Council Discovery Project, “New Tastemakers and Australia’s Post-digital Literary Culture” (2017-2019).
Matthia Dempsey is general manager of the Small Press Network. She previously worked as editor-in-chief of Books+Publishing and the Weekly Book Newsletter.
Megan Patty is a publisher, writer and curator. Megan is Publishing Projects Manager at the National Gallery of Victoria and Curator, Melbourne Art Book Fair. She has worked across the NGV, publishing industry and arts sector to develop new publishing propositions for museums, artists and private and public collections for the past 12 years. She is currently a PhD Candidate at RMIT University.
Melinda Harvey is Lecturer in Literary Studies at Monash University. She has worked as a book critic since 2004, reviewing for publications such as The Australian, Australian Book Review, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and the Sydney Review of Books. She is co-editor of The Edinburgh Women’s Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1945-Now as is a current judge of the Miles Franklin Literary Award.
Michael Earp has made a career of the book industry, with over eight years as a children’s specialist bookseller and seven years as a sales and marketing representative for a children’s publisher. He is currently the manager/buyer at The Younger Sun children’s bookshop in Yarraville, Melbourne. He studied Early Childhood Teaching as an undergraduate and did his Masters in Children’s Literature, his thesis focusing on Young Adult literature in Australia. His writing has appeared in The Victorian Writer and Aurealis. He has also established the #AusQueerYA tumblr to coincide with the #LoveOZYA campaign of which he is currently the Committee Chair.
Michael Gordon-Smith is the CEO of the Australian Publishers Association. He has worked for more than 20 years in Australian media and communications industries, including as a director, a government regulator and the CEO of industry associations. Michael has led projects or policies from media ownership to mobile telephones, from copyright to digital television. He established the Centre for Screen Business at the Australian Film Television and Radio School and chaired the Australian Broadcasting Authority’s inquiry into Cash for Comment. He has been the CEO of the Australian Publishers Association since 2013. He would like to be a faster ocean swimmer and a better player of Go.
Michael Webster has over 40 years’ experience in publishing and academia, including on the boards of the Australian Publishers Association, Australian Booksellers Association, Copyright Agency and the Literature Board of the Australia Council. An Adjunct Professor at RMIT University’s School of Media and Communication, he researches and lectures on board sales trends and is a consultant to Nielsen BookScan, which he introduced to the Australian and New Zealand book trades. A recipient of the George Robertson Award for services to the book industry, Michael is chair of the Small Press Network.
Millicent Weber is a researcher in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne, where she is part of the Publishing and Communications program and the Research Unit in Public Cultures. She completed her PhD, a sociology of literary festivals, at Monash University in 2016. She has worked as an archivist at the University of Melbourne Archives and the National Library of Australia. Her book, Literary Festivals and Contemporary Book Culture, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018.
Natasha Solomun is director of The Rights Hive. A former Rights Manager at Penguin Random House, she has worked with foreign publishers and agents from all over the world as well as working with film producers. From Penguin, Natasha moved onto The Five Mile Press (Bonnier Publishing) where she worked with children’s authors and illustrators such as Jedda Robaard, Ann James and the Estate of Richard Scarry. After more than a decade as rights professional in the publishing industry Natasha created The Rights Hive to provide comprehensive rights representation for publishers and literary agents.
Dr Nathan Hollier is Director of Monash University Publishing, sits on the board of the OL Society, publishers of Overland, is a past editor of that magazine (2002–7), a member of the Scholarly and Journals Committee of the Australian Publishers Association, and was a founding member and Chair of the Small Press Network.
Neil Rennison is the director and founder of Tin Man Games, a game development studio in Melbourne that specialises in adventure games and digital gamebooks. Neil has worked in the games industry for over 15 years and has been involved in over 50 published games.
Nick Earls is the author of twenty-six books for adults, teenagers and children. Wisdom Tree and its novellas have won the People’s Choice Award at the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, the gold medal for ‘Best Adult Fiction Ebook’ at the Independent Publisher Book Awards (USA), the gold medal for ‘Literary Fiction’ at the eLit Awards (USA) and the Griffith Review Novella Project III (joint winner).
Nicola Evans is the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund and Reading Australia Officer. She has worked in the Literature sector for over twenty-five years, as an editor, as Program Manager for the Literature Board of the Australia Council, and as Program and Communications Manager for the Australian Publishers Association. Nicola was a Board member for the NSW Writers Centre until October this year.
Nicole McKenzie is a writer, performer and editor. She is currently working across editorial and publicity departments at Affirm Press as part of the Australian Publishers Association internship program. As a creative producer for the 2017 Emerging Writers’ Festival Nicole programmed a literature themed live game show, complete with songs about grammar.
Regine Abos is the founder of Studio Regina, a design consultancy based in Melbourne with a focus on publication design, branding, image-making and art direction. She is also an award-winning designer with over fifteen years experience as a designer and art director in publishing both in Australia and overseas. Her passion and expertise lie in book design, having worked extensively with publishers such as Oxford University Press, Black Dog Books (an imprint of Walker Books) and UNICEF.
Dr Ronnie Scott is Lecturer in Creative Writing at RMIT. In 2007, he founded The Lifted Brow, an independent literary magazine, which he edited and published for five years. He is the author of Salad Days (Penguin) and a frequent contributor to ABC Radio, the Saturday Paper, The Believer, NGV Publications and other venues.
Rosanna Arciuli is Manager, Member Communications and Stakeholder Engagement at Copyright Agency. Rosanna has worked in various roles at Copyright Agency since 2006.
Rose Michael is currently lecturer in the Masters of Writing and Publishing at RMIT, and was previously commissioning editor at Hardie Grant Books and co-founded Arcade Publications in 2007. She has been published in Griffith Review, Best Australian Stories, Island, Cultural Studies Review, Review of Australian Fiction and Sydney Review of Books. Her first novel, The Asking Game, was a runner-up for the Vogel and received an Aurealis honourable mention. Her second, The Art of Navigation, is out now.
Sabita Naheswaran has worked as an editor in trade publishing for over 10 years, and has also worked in book publicity and marketing. She is the Managing Editor of the online literary magazine Antic (anticmagazine.com.au), and currently works as a freelance editor for a number of Australian publishing houses.
Sam Cooney is the publisher at TLB, the not-for-profit literary publishing organisation based in Melbourne that runs The Lifted Brow and Brow Books. He is the official ‘publisher-in-residence’ at RMIT University, and teaches creative writing and publishing subjects sessionally at RMIT and the University of Melbourne.
Tim Coronel has been involved in the book industry one way or another for over 25 years—variously as a bookseller; a journalist and commentator on the book trade; a writer, editor and publisher of books, magazines and online content; and as a publishing consultant. He is currently a sessional lecturer and subject co-ordinator in the University of Melbourne’s Master of Publishing and Communications. He was the co-ordinator of the Independent Publishing Conference for the Small Press Network in 2013 and 2014. He has worked as a publicist for Monash University Publishing and in the marketing department of Cengage, as well as continuing to work as a freelance editor and publishing consultant for clients ranging from trade publishers to statutory and government bodies.
Tim Singleton Norton is the Head of Campaigns for Save the Children Australia, an agency that advances aid and development for children. He is also the Chair of Digital Rights Watch, an organisation that promotes the digital rights of Australian citizens.
Tracy O’Shaughnessy is a trade book publisher with over twenty years’ experience. Throughout her diverse career she has worked at a number of Australia’s leading publishing houses, including Hardie Grant Books, Melbourne University Press as the Miegunyah Publisher, and Allen & Unwin. She is currently Program Director of the RMIT’s Master of Writing and Publishing and publisher of the student-led Bowen Street Press.
Wenona Byrne has worked in publishing for 11 years, the past nine years as Rights Manager with Allen & Unwin. While at A&U Wenona worked closely with Australian authors, pitching titles to international publishers in North America, UK, Europe and Asia. Wenona worked on a number of industry and Australia Council initiatives including as a committee member for the Visiting International Publishers Program.
Wes Whitfield is a soon-to-be Master of Publishing and Communications graduate. This pas year she has been heavily involved in Grattan Street Press, Antithesis Journal and the University of Melbourne’s Publishing Students’ Society. She has also recently completed an internship with Cambridge University Press.
Zoe Dattner is the publisher of SmartCompany, Australia’s premier publication for small business, startups and entrepreneurs. Prior to that Zoe was the co-founder and creative director of small literary publishing house Sleepers, lectured in digital publishing at Melbourne University, and was the General Manager of the Small Press Network between 2008 and 2013.