Author: Jessica Harvie

26th November, 2020

The Book of the Year Award 2020: Shortlist Announcement

The Small Press Network is honoured to announce the shortlist for the inaugural Book of the Year Award. The Book of Year Award marks a new direction for the Small Press Network and its membership. It aims to recognise and award some of the most significant and ground-breaking books being published by local independent publishers […]

24th November, 2020

On Book Design

Interviews by Katie Fridman, compiled and edited by Gladys Serugga — There are many elements that make up a great book, from the charismatic best friend of the main character, to the descriptive language that creates a setting vivid enough to paint real life on the canvas of our minds. But while the essence of […]

18th November, 2020

The Small Press Network Interviews: Blaise van Hecke, Busybird Publishing

A picture tells a thousand words, but in fewer than that, learn how this photographer started a publishing business. Interview by Gladys Serugga, 2020 Associate Producer — When Blaise van Hecke went back to study in 2006, she thought it would help her to write a novel. Little did she know it would cause the […]

9th November, 2020

The Small Press Network Interviews: Sarah Cannon, Monash University Publishing

While some children might dismiss their parents’ advice, Sarah Cannon from Monash University Publishing could not have agreed with hers more. ‘My grandparents were writers and my parents were writers, and my Dad (writer and historian Michael Cannon) said, “If you want to get into publishing, the best thing to do is get a job […]

27th October, 2020

The Small Press Network Interviews: Rachel Bin Salleh, Magabala Books

Rachel Bin Salleh is a Nimunburr and Yawuru woman from Broome, Western Australia. Now a Publisher at Magabala Books, Rachel began her career journey as an editor at the age of 19. Rachel said her love for reading ‘placed her in good stead’ for the editing and publishing industry. I chatted with Rachel about all […]

21st October, 2020


Hi, my name is Katie Fridman. I am the Associate Producer for design at the 2020 Independent Publishing Conference. I’m excited to be part of the IPC this year, in a role that combines two of my passions: books and graphic design. My contribution is to create the program and promotional materials for the conference. […]

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