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SPN Book of the Year Award

Uncovering and celebrating the hidden gems of Australian publishing.

The winner of the 2020 Book of the Year is ‘Forgotten Corners: Essays in Search of an Island’s Soul’ by Pete Hay, published by Walleah Press!

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Guidelines for ethical publishing of Indigenous authors and stories

The following sets of guidelines from the Australia Council and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) outline key considerations in the ethical publishing of Indigenous Australian writers: Protocols for producing Indigenous Australian writing (Australia Council) Guidelines for the ethical publishing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors and research from […]

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SPN publishing terms glossary

Commonly used acronyms and terms of the book industry Acknowledgement/sources: Publish It! (Thorpe-Bowker), Style Manual (Wiley), Australian Booksellers Association, Australian Publishers Association, Australian Copyright Council, American Publishers Association, student research/contribution. Additional contributions are welcomed. Not to be reproduced without written permission

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Fact sheet: Print on demand, ebooks and distribution through Ingram

IngramSpark is the eBook publishing, print on demand and distribution service from Ingram, combining all these services into one simple platform. Here is some more information about what IngramSpark can offer SPN members.

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Fact sheet: Working with libraries

This fact sheet has been put together by the Australian Libraries and Information Association which is the national professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector.

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1st October, 2021

The Small Press Network Interviews: Terri-ann White, Upswell Publishing

As she prepares for her keynote speech for this year’s 2021 SPN Independent Publishing Conference workshop day, Terri-ann White speaks to Holly Hendry-Saunders on launching Perth-based publishing house Upswell Publishing during a pandemic.  Her life before Upswell’s inception White, a veteran in the book industry, began her career as a bookseller at eighteen, and at […]

14th December, 2015

Meet the Publisher: Duncan Felton, Grapple Publishing

When and how were you established? After many years of semi-organised pondering and planning, Grapple Publishing started late in 2013, making itself known to the world with a call-out for submissions to The Grapple Annual No. 1. At that point it was just me sitting at my computer with some ideas, some savings and a […]

17th August, 2015

MEET THE PUBLISHER – Lacuna Publishing

Linda Nix, Publisher and Editor, Lacuna When and how were you established? I have a long-standing fascination with how words and ideas are disseminated and become part of society’s cultural fabric. After years working in the industry, I realised my dream was to run a small press. In 2010 I set up a freelance editing, […]

16th June, 2015

Meet the Publisher – coeur de lion

When and how were you established? As with all good ideas, coeur de lion was born in a pub. The speculative fiction scene goes through boom and bust cycles and at the time there weren’t a lot of local independent presses catering to a sci-fi, horror, fantasy audience. Myself and fellow author Andrew Macrae were […]


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