11 November 2016

Our main Trade Day is a must-attend for anyone in the publishing industry, with a program that addresses the major challenges and changes facing publishers.

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Keynote Address

Juliet RogersExecutive Director, Australian Society of Authors

Juliet Rogers’ has had a distinguished career in the book publishing industry in both New Zealand and Australia. She was Managing Director of Random House NZ for nine years before migrating across the Tasman and becoming Managing Director of Random House Australia.

From 2002 to 2011, Juliet was CEO of Murdoch Books and since leaving that role has been running her own business, the Wild Colonial Company, publishing books, high end gift stationery and mentoring and consulting within the wider book industry.

Juliet chaired Booksellers New Zealand for a number of years and was President of the Australian Publishers Association for three years until 2009. She has also been Chair of the book industry charity, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation for the past five years.

Trade Day

  • 8:15am

    • Performance SpaceArrival

  • 8:30am

    • Performance SpaceWelcome

      Michael Webster

  • 8:35am

    • Performance SpaceWelcome to Country

      The Wurundjeri Tribe Land and Compensation and Cultural Heritage Council

  • 8:45am

    • Performance SpaceNielsen BookScan’s the State of the Industry

      Julie Winter

      Nielsen BookScan’s Associate Director, Pacific will give an overview of what’s hot, and what’s not, in the current Australian book-selling industry, and some forecasts for 2017.

  • 9:15am

    • Performance SpaceEmerging Opportunities

      Adele Walsh, Emmett Stinson, Simon Groth

      What opportunities might you be missing in the mad rush of doing business? Take a look outside your regular sphere with the guidance of professionals and be inspired by this cross-pollination of forms and ideas.

  • 9:45am

    • Performance SpaceInternational Rights and Programs

      Alex Adsett, Jill Eddington, Anne Beilby

      Hear from experts about inbound and outbound approaches to rights sales, achieving international publication and readership, and the Australia Council for the Arts’s international work including the VIPs program.

  • 10:30am

    • Morning tea

  • 10:45am

    • Performance SpaceGetting the Most Out of Writers Festivals

      Kirsty Wilson (chair), Michaela McGuire, Alexandra Neill, Dina Kluska, Jane Harrison

      Every month around Australia, there are multiple writers festivals being held, from major literary festivals in the capital cities to celebrations of the local in small country towns. This is definitely good for raising the profiles of writers and selling books to readers – but how do small presses ensure they are represented in the line-up?

  • 11:30am

    • Performance SpaceGlobal Niches

      Kate Cuthbert, Adele Walsh

      What’s going on in the outside world and where can your publications find their place to get in? Join Kate Cuthbert and Adele Walsh to find out what niches are opening up in the wider publishing landscape.

  • 12:00pm

    • Performance SpaceDiversity: What’s Next?

      Danielle Binks, Rachel Bin Salleh, Jax Jacki Brown, Fiona Tuomy

      How can the industry continue to increase the diversity of our people and the stories we tell?

  • 12:45pm

    • Lunch

  • 1:15pm

    • Performance SpaceKeynote Address

      Juliet Rogers

      Juliet Rogers has had a long career in publishing, both in Australia and New Zealand, and is now the CEO of the Australian Society of Authors.

  • 1:45pm

    • Performance SpaceFormats: Books, Journals and Beyond

      Helen McLeod (chair), Alan Vaarwerk, Sam Cooney, Connor Tomas O’Brien

      For thousands of years, humans have been finding different ways of telling stories – and we are still finding them. How can you re-imagine presenting your stories to the world?

  • 2:30pm

    • Performance SpaceFreelancing: Taking Care of Yourself, Your Business, and Your Future

      Mel Campbell, Susan Keogh

      Working for yourself is the aim for many, but the reality of managing your own time, tax and superannuation, and doing what you love to do, can take the gloss off self-employment. Get practical advice on how to take care of it all.

  • 3:00pm

    • Performance SpaceWhat Can SPN Do For You?

      Matthia Dempsey, Anna Solding

      The Small Press Network is more than a representative body for small and independent publishers. It is also a conduit for communicating, collaborating and networking. Come along and hear what some of our long-time members have to say about what SPN has done for them – and can do for you.

  • 3:30pm

    • Afternoon tea

  • 3:45pm

    • Performance SpaceSmall Press Network Annual General Meeting

      SPN members are welcome to join us for the Annual general meeting of the Small Press Network.

  • 4:15pm

    • Performance SpacePromotion on a Shoestring

      Felicity Vallence, Adrian Briones

      How can you get your latest publication out into the world? Join Felicity Vallence and Adrian Briones for some timely tips on marketing and promotion.

  • 5:00pm

    • Performance SpaceLiterary awards insiders

      Kirsty Wilson, Veronica Sullivan, Thuy On

      Having an author shortlisted for a literary award can bring attention and increased sales for the author and book, and it can also raise the profile and standing of the publisher. This expert panel will give some pointers on entering your authors and what judges are looking for.    

  • 6:00pm

    • Performance SpaceMost Underrated Book Award Presentation

      Round off the day with us with drinks and nibbles as we discover who has won the 2016 Most Underrated Book Award.

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  • 7:00pm