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13th November, 2019

MUBA 19 Spotlight: ‘Brontide’ by Sue McPherson

Brontide by Sue McPherson is the final book to feature in our shortlist for the 2019 Most Underrated Book Award. Brontide is a coming-of-age story set in the coastal town of Taralune in Queensland. Exploring themes of racism, familial dynamics and modern masculinity, this story unfolds through a series of fictional interviews between McPherson and the […]

11th November, 2019

Statement on the proposed closure of UWA Publishing

The Small Press Network is dismayed at the decision by the University of Western Australia to close down UWA Publishing (UWAP) after 85 years. UWAP has played a crucial role in Australian publishing for decades, and publishes a wide range of award-winning titles across many genres. Under the leadership of Terri-Ann White UWAP has published […]

16th October, 2019

MUBA 19 Spotlight: ‘Songwoman’ by Ilka Tampke

Songwoman by Ilka Tampke is the next book to feature in our shortlist for the 2019 Most Underrated Book Award Songwoman is a bold historical novel set in Iron-Age Britain, and is a sequel to Tampke’s debut novel  Skin. It revives the story of Ailia who finds her home ravaged by the Roman invasion and flees to the remote Welsh […]

28th September, 2019

MUBA 19 Spotlight: ‘Antidote to a Curse’ by James Cristina

The Small Press Network is pleased to introduce Antidote to a Curse by debut author James Cristina: one of the shortlisted books for the 2019 Most Underrated Book Award. Antidote to a Curse follows Silvio Portelli, a writer and teacher who has returned from his travels in Europe. The novel straddles two worlds: On the […]

5th August, 2019

Most Underrated Book Award 2019: Shortlist Announcement

The Small Press Network is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2019 Most Underrated Book Award. The Most Underrated Book Award is sponsored by the Australian Booksellers Association and aims to uncover and celebrate the hidden gems of Australian publishing. The 2019 shortlisted titles are: Brontide by Sue McPherson (Magabala Books) Antidote to a Curse by James Cristina […]

25th July, 2019

Introducing: Associate Producer Vidisha Srinivasan

Hi! I am Vidisha, one of the Associate Producers at the Independent Publishing Conference 2019. I’m originally from Mumbai in India—the land of Bollywood, bullock carts and spicy food —and a series of overdue decisions saw me land in Melbourne on a cold July morning last year. I had bid adieu (temporarily) to my friends, […]

22nd July, 2019

Introducing: Associate Producer Rachael Mason

Hey!  I’m Rachael and I am one of the Associate Producers for the 2019 Independent Publishing Conference. As a prospective digital publishing MA student at Oxford Brookes University in the UK, this will be my first professional expedition into the world of publishing. I couldn’t be happier to be learning the ropes and connecting with […]

19th July, 2019

Introducing: Associate Producer Bridget Black

Hi there! My name is Bridget Black and I’m one of the Associate Producers for the 2019 Independent Publishing Conference. I’m currently completing a Master of Writing and Publishing at RMIT, having previously graduated with a Bachelor of Music at Monash University (on the odd occasion, you still can catch me playing the saxophone!). The […]

27th March, 2019

Meet the new MUBA judges

We’re very pleased to introduce you to the new judging panel for the Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA). Melissa Cranenburgh is a writer, broadcaster, editor and educator. She spent more than a decade in senior editing roles, including associate editor and acting editor of The Big Issue, and co-editor of the magazine’s annual fiction edition. She now […]

22nd February, 2019

Entries now open for MUBA 2019!

EVERY YEAR, THE SMALL PRESS NETWORK RUNS THE MOST UNDERRATED BOOK AWARD. THIS PRIZE AIMS TO UNCOVER AND CELEBRATE THE HIDDEN GEMS OF AUSTRALIAN PUBLISHING. The Small Press Network is pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2019 Most Underrated Book Award. Click here for more details (please note, only books published by members […]

6th November, 2018

MUBA18 Spotlight: ‘Living in Hope’ by Frank Byrne with Frances Coughlan and Gerard Waterford

Warning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Peoples, this content contains images and voices of deceased persons. Living in Hope, by the late Frank Byrne with Frances Coughlan and Gerard Waterford, is the next book in our MUBA18 shortlist spotlights.  Living in Hope by Frank Byrne is ‘more than just a story of surviving’. A child of the […]

28th October, 2018

MUBA18 Spotlight: ‘Plane Tree Drive’ by Lynette Washington

Plane Tree Drive by Lynette Washington is the next book to feature in our 2018 Most Underrated Book Award shortlist spotlights. Lynette Washington’s Plane Tree Drive is a collection of short stories, each providing a glimpse into the lives of the residents of Plane Tree Drive. Themes of isolation and connection colour the interwoven stories of […]

23rd October, 2018

MUBA18 spotlight: ‘Gwen’ by Goldie Goldbloom

The Small Press Network is pleased to name Gwen by Goldie Goldbloom as one of the shortlisted books for the 2018 Most Underrated Book Award. Gwen tells the story of Gwendolen Mary John, the lesser known sister of artist Augustus John. After an encounter with famed artist Auguste Rodin, Gwen makes a pilgrimage from London to […]

18th October, 2018

Most Underrated Book Award 2018: shortlist announcement

The Small Press Network is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2018 Most Underrated Book Award. The Most Underrated Book Award is sponsored by the Australian Booksellers Association and aims to uncover and celebrate the hidden gems of Australian publishing. The 2018 shortlisted titles are: Gwen by Goldie Goldbloom (Fremantle Press) Living in Hope […]

10th October, 2018

Volunteer at the 2018 Independent Publishing Conference

Would you like to get a foot in the door of the publishing industry? SPN wants sharp, energetic volunteers to help deliver the 2018 Independent Publishing Conference in November. As a conference volunteer, you will never be bored: we need help with everything from running errands to taking care of conference speakers and other VIPs. […]

4th October, 2018

2018 SPN Christmas catalogue out now!

The 2018 Small Press Network Christmas Catalogue is out now! SPN Christmas Catalogue 2018 features over 70 fresh titles from 30 SPN member publishers across all genres. Copies have been distributed to bookshops and libraries around the country, thanks to our partners the Australian Booksellers Association, Leading Edge Books and ALS Library Services. Ask your […]

3rd October, 2018

2018 Independent Publishing Conference: program announced

The program for the seventh annual Independent Publishing Conference, to be held at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne from Thursday 22 to Saturday 24 November, is now live. As in previous years, the conference will feature a Research Day on Thursday 22 November, at which presenters will share their research in various aspects of publishing; […]

Introducing Associate Producer Meg Kerr

Hello! My name is Meg and I am the least important but best-looking Associate Producer working on this year’s Independent Publishing Conference.  To give a small introduction, I am a current sufferer in the Masters of Publishing and Communications at Melbourne University. When I am not visibly decrying my life choices on campus, I am […]

26th September, 2018

Introducing Associate Producer Coral Huckstep

In February this year I traded in my life in Perth for a new one in Melbourne. The reason for this huge and somewhat terrifying move to the other side of the country? To study the Master of Publishing and Communications at the University of Melbourne.  It’s been around six years since I was a […]

19th September, 2018

Introducing: Associate Producer Jessica Harvie

Hi there, my name is Jessica Harvie and I’m one of the Associate Producers for the Independent Publishing Conference for 2018. I’m really excited to return to the publishing arena with the conference. I worked in student media during my undergraduate degree, and since then I’ve worked in mental health, hospitality and communications, so I’m […]

12th September, 2018

Introducing: Associate Producer Ellen Stephens

In the lead up to the 2018 Independent Publishing Conference, I am excited to be assisting the network that advocates for diverse and independent publishing. The books published by members of the Small Press Network have fuelled my imagination and inspired me to pursue a career in publishing.  Before coming to the conclusion that publishing […]

13th July, 2018

SPN staff changes

The Small Press Network (SPN) has announced the appointment of Tim Coronel as general manager. Coronel, who was previously communications manager for the network, takes over from Matthia Dempsey, who has held the role since 2016 and will continue to co-ordinate this year’s Independent Publishing Conference (to be held at The Wheeler Centre from 22–24 […]

6th July, 2018

Indie Publishing Forums: Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney

SPN is very happy to announce the Indie Publishing Forums, a new initiative created in partnership with Ingram Spark, Books+Publishing and the Australian Society of Authors, supported by the Australian Booksellers Association, the Queensland Writers Centre, Writers Victoria and Writing NSW. The inaugural forums will be held in the evenings, in Melbourne on 31 July […]

11th June, 2018

MEMBER BENEFIT – SPN NetGalley Subscription Offer

Reach worldwide readers of influence at a significant discount SPN members can now access readers of influence via the NetGalley service at a significant discount. NetGalley offers publishers the opportunity to make available digital review copies of new and forthcoming titles for a range of readers – reviewers, journalists, bloggers, and others you invite to […]

ASA/SPN Model Trade Publishing Agreement

  The Small Press Network is delighted to be able to offer our Full Members access to the ASA/SPN Model Trade Publishing Agreement. This model agreement, mutually endorsed by both the ASA and SPN, provides a working template that is fair to both authors and publishers, and provides a framework within which the publisher and […]

7th May, 2018

Opportunity: Associate Producer Internship Program 2018

After its success last year, we are again running our Associate Producer internship program to support the delivery of this November’s Independent Publishing Conference. Our Associate Producers work closely with SPN General Manager Matthia Dempsey to deliver the 2018 conference and MUBAs. There are three positions available; all are voluntary. The program is designed for people who would like […]

4th April, 2018

Independent Publishing Conference 2018: Call for papers

The Laws of Publishing Deadline: Friday 29 June 2018 The complex systems of rules, conventions and traditions that underpin publishing practice are inextricably linked to the production, reception and consumption of texts. They range from formally consecrated legislation and official industry and organisational codes of conduct, through to unofficial traditions ‘learned on the job’: passed on […]

22nd November, 2017

Australian small presses dominate 2017 PM’s Literary Awards

The shortlists for the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards were announced late Friday afternoon 17 November 2017. Remarkably, nineteen of the 20 nominated books for adults were produced by Australia’s independent small press sector.   Only one was published by a global conglomerate – The Easy Way Out by Steven Amsterdam, published by Hachette, the […]

17th November, 2017

Publishing Q+A panelists at the Independent Publishing Conference

At the Small Press Network’s Independent Publishing Conference today, our afternoon Publishing Q+A panel gives you the chance to put questions to a range of book industry professionals. Here is our panel: 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 […]

8th November, 2017

Free childcare at the 2017 Independent Publishing Conference

As part of our ongoing efforts to make the Independent Publishing Conference accessible and welcoming to everyone, the Small Press Network is providing free childcare. If you would like to use this service, please let us know when you book your tickets. There is an option to do so when booking online, or you can […]

6th September, 2017

IngramSpark announce special offers for SPN members

IngramSpark have announced a range of offers for SPN members. Offers cover both print and ebook services. Click the image above to read more on how IngramSpark can assist SPN members in reaching over 70,000 retailers and libraries and more than 70 major online retailers.

3rd November, 2016

Most Underrated Book Award 2016 shortlist announced!

The Small Press Network (SPN) is delighted to announce the four titles shortlisted for the fifth annual Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA), sponsored by Booktopia. The shortlisted titles are: A Man Made Entirely of Bats by Patrick Lenton (Spineless Wonders) Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Currie (Text Publishing) Creating Cities by Marcus Westbury (Niche […]

19th October, 2016

Volunteer at our Conference

Would you like to get your foot in the door of the publishing industry? SPN wants sharp, energetic volunteers to help deliver the 2016 Independent Publishing Conference next month. As a Conference Volunteer, you will never be bored: we need help with everything from running errands to taking care of conference speakers and other VIPs. In return for working […]

4th July, 2016

Opportunity: associate producer internship program

This year SPN is running an Associate Producer internship program as part of the Independent Publishing Conference. The program is designed for people with enormous passion and drive who would like to gain practical experience in arts management, particularly those who want to complete a placement as part of an academic or vocational course. There […]

23rd May, 2016

Independent Publishing Conference 2016: Call for papers

Publishing: A Solitary and Social Enterprise Extended deadline: 15 August 2016 All accepted presenters will be invited to submit content for possible publication by Monash University Publishing in a book of essays resulting from the conference. Reading is often a solitary act; publishing, on the other hand, is undeniably social. Publishing prompts social gatherings, from sedate […]

16th May, 2016

Exciting new mentorship opportunity

The Small Press Network (SPN) is excited to offer a new year-long mentorship opportunity to Victorian members.   The mentorship program will match six Victoria-based SPN members with six established publishing professionals for a year-long mentoring relationship that will culminate in the launch of a publication (electronic or print) at the Melbourne Writers Festival.   […]

Job opportunity at SPN

The Small Press Network (SPN) seeks to appoint an experienced event organiser, ideally with knowledge of the publishing industry, to prepare the 2016 Independent Publishing Conference, to be held 9 to 12 November at the Wheeler Centre.   The role will be one day a week commencing early June and will report to SPN’s general […]

19th April, 2016

Small publishers produce twice as much ‘Australian literature’ as the major publishers

A new paper, ‘Small Publishers and the Emerging Network of Australian Literary Prosumption’, in the Australian Humanities Review, by former Small Press Network president Emmett Stinson, has found that ‘large publishers are no longer the primary mediators of Australian literature’. Stinson’s survey of 2012 titles demonstrates that small publishers UQP, Puncher & Wattman, Giramondo, UWA […]

9th February, 2016

Disruption and Innovation in the Australian Book Industry

An Australian-first study by Macquarie University of the country’s book publishing industry reveals considerable innovation in response to the digital disruption that has resulted in a significant drop in onshore book sales. The initial research phase of the study involved participation from SPN members Pantera Press, Spinifex Press, Pitt Street Poetry, Overland, Re.Press, Kids’ Own […]

Noted Festival 2016 Independent Publishing Fair

In 2016, Noted Festival will host an independent publishing fair made up of writers, readers, publishers, presses, self-publishers, illustrators, zinesters, artists, comics-makers, distros, music labels – anything published and independent! What do we mean by published and independent? Anything in between ‘stapling it together on your bedroom floor’ and ‘a self-published print run only marginally […]

5th February, 2016

Blak & Bright: The Victorian Indigenous Literary Festival

Passionate about Indigenous culture, stories and books? Or curious? This is your festival. More than 20 sessions featuring 50 plus Indigenous writers, storytellers and performers. Most sessions free. All welcome.   SPN is proud to host ‘Publishing & Editing Blak‘ as part of the festival.

11th January, 2016

SPN drinks

The holiday madness is officially over and it’s time to catch up on our of our exciting publishing goings-on! Casual SPN networking drinks will be happening again in cities around Australia on 11 Feb. Brisbane: The Fox Hotel Canberra: Mint Garden Bar Melbourne: Beer DeLuxe Federation Square Perth: Centre for Stories All are welcome – SPN members, booklovers, writers, […]

ABA Conference and ABA/Leading Edge Trade Exhibition

Melbourne Writers Festival

In 2016 MWF will return as Victoria’s premier annual literary event. The Festival connects writers and stories to celebrate a world of literature, explore universal ideas, and inspire a global community of readers. The 2016 Melbourne Writers Festival runs from Friday 26 August to Sunday 4 September. We’ll release full details of the program in July. Super […]

The Emerging Writers’ Festival

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is a not-for-profit organisation whose foundations are built on supporting emerging writers. We are a place where creativity and innovation are celebrated, where new talent is nurtured and where diverse voices from across Australia are represented.

Sydney Writers’ Festival

Each year, Sydney Writers’ Festival presents over 300 events, attracting audiences of 100,000 to our gorgeous harbourside location and other venues. The heart of the Festival is at Walsh Bay in heritage wharves on Sydney Harbour. There are also events stretching across Sydney, from the Opera House and Sydney Town Hall, into suburban Sydney and […]

Clunes Booktown Festival

The village of Clunes is famous for its bookshops. From the collectables to the bargains, from the small shops to the large shops stocking thousands of titles. Clunes is located 36 km north of Ballarat (30 minutes by car), and 142 km north-west of Melbourne (90 minutes by car). It is a member of the […]

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 […]

1st December, 2015

Marketing Whatever You Have to Market: Promotion, Part 3 | Linda Carlson

In partnership with the US Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), SPN is proud to present a series of articles on the ‘four Ps’ of marketing  and how you can apply them as independent book publishers. The final three articles in the series all focus on the third ‘p’, ‘promotion’. The references are American, but the ideas are global. Enjoy! This […]

27th October, 2015

Marketing Whatever You Have to Market: Promotion, Part 2 | Linda Carlson

In partnership with the US Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), SPN is proud to present a series of articles on the ‘four Ps’ of marketing  and how you can apply them as independent book publishers. The final three articles in the series all focus on the third ‘p’, ‘promotion’. The references are American, but the ideas are global. Enjoy! This […]

8th October, 2015

Marketing Whatever You Have to Market: Promotion, Part 1 | Linda Carlson

In partnership with the US Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), SPN is proud to present a series of articles on the ‘four Ps’ of marketing  and how you can apply them as independent book publishers. The final three articles in the series all focus on the third ‘p’, ‘promotion’. The references are American, but the ideas are global. Enjoy! Product, […]

21st September, 2015

Marketing Whatever You Have to Market: Place | Linda Carlson

In partnership with the US Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), SPN is proud to present a series of articles on the ‘four Ps’ of marketing  and how you can apply them as independent book publishers. This, the third article in the series, is about ‘place’. The references are American, but the ideas are global. Enjoy! This is the third in […]

28th August, 2015

Marketing Whatever You Have to Market: Price | Linda Carlson

In partnership with the US Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), SPN is proud to present a series of articles on the ‘four Ps’ of marketing  and how you can apply them as independent book publishers. This, the second article in the series, is about ‘price’. The references are American, but the ideas are global. Enjoy! No matter what you’re marketing—print […]

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, […]

28th July, 2015

Marketing Whatever You Have to Market: Product | Linda Carlson

In partnership with the US Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), SPN is proud to present a series of articles on the ‘four Ps’ of marketing  and how you can apply them as independent book publishers. This, the first article in the series, is about ‘product’ and uses children’s publishing as a case study. The references are American, […]

23rd June, 2015

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival

Held annually in Ubud, Bali’s artistic and cultural heartland, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival has become Southeast Asia’s largest and most renowned cultural and literary event. The next Festival will be held October 28 – November 1, 2015, and will celebrate the theme 17,000 Islands of Imagination. www.ubudwritersfestival.com

17th June, 2015

NEW LOOK SPN WEBSITE

Welcome to our new website! We are super excited to launch the brand shiny new SPN website, where you can log in as a member, apply for a new membership or instantly sign up as an Associate Member. There are loads of member benefits outlined here for you to enjoy (with slightly different accessibility depending on […]

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 […]

7th January, 2015

Melbourne Writers Festival

Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) is Melbourne’s annual, two-week celebration for writers, readers and thinkers. Each year in August, the Festival celebrates the talent and ideas of hundreds of writers from Australia and around the world, through a vibrant program of storytelling, conversation and discussion, intellectual debate, educational programs, live performance, music and art events. The […]

12th November, 2013

Sinking independents into libraries | Pepi Ronalds

There’s a quote on the Internet that is attributed to Virginia Woolf. ‘I ransack public libraries, and find them full of sunk treasure,’ it reads. In order to find its source I paste the full quote into a search box, held together by inverted commas. ‘Did you mean: “I ransack public libraries, and find them […]

7th November, 2013

On being underrated (the MUBA) | Pepi Ronalds

For Christmas last year Wayne Macauley’s partner gave him a t-shirt printed with the words Most Underrated 2012. ‘I don’t wear it out that often but it’s a beautiful thing,’ Macauley quips. The t-shirt is a reference to last year’s inaugural Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA) which Macauley won for his novel The Cook. ‘[The […]

25th July, 2013

Robert Galbraith Didn’t Sell. Why is Anyone Surprised? | Keiran Rogers

This article was originally published on 25 July 2013 on the ‘Books + Publishing’ website. Join up for all the news and publishing discussions you need. The Cuckoo’s Calling achieved mediocre sales before it was revealed bestselling author JK Rowling was the actual author ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling reminds me why I fell in love with crime […]

5th June, 2013

Meet the publisher: STEPHEN MINCHIN from Steam Press (NZ)

(Editor note: we LOVE this photo!) Steam Press is … a publisher of New Zealand science fiction, fantasy, and horror that is determined to give local authors a viable market for their work, and make that work available to the world. Stephen Minchin is… Drinking far too much coffee. When was the last time you […]


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