2023 IPC

Workshop Day Program | 25 November

November 25, 2023

The final day of the 2023 Independent Publishing Conference will entail practical workshops. These will include sessions on what goes into the production of audiobooks, tips on career progression, the challenges of setting up a publishing business, the popularisation of new review platforms and much more.

Scroll down to see an outline of the day’s program. Please continue to check back as the makeup of panels is in the process of being confirmed.

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The final day of the 2023 Independent Publishing Conference will entail practical workshops. These will include sessions on what goes into the production of audiobooks, tips on career progression, the challenges of setting up a publishing business, the popularisation of new review platforms and much more. Scroll down to see an outline of the day’s […]

The Wheeler Centre,

176 Little Lonsdale St Melbourne,
VIC 3000 Australia

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Workshop Day Program 2023

  • 8:45-9:00am

    • Acknowledgement of Country

      Performance space (Wheeler Centre)

  • 9:00-10:30am

    • Inclusive Publishing

      Performance space (Wheeler Centre)

      Agata Mrva-Montoya and Julie Ganner

      People with disability may be prevented from fully enjoying our books, or from reading them at all, if we create barriers that exclude them during the writing and publishing process.

      This workshop aims to provide participants with an understanding of the key issues surrounding the creation of accessible content. It will introduce the diverse ways in which the audience read, best practice in planning, developing content and producing accessible books.


    • Being a Professional Author

      Workshop space (Wheeler Centre)

      Kate Cuthbert

      In order to be a writer, you have to write. In order to be an author…well, that gets more complicated. A brief introduction and overview to the literary world and how to find your place in it.

      This workshop will provide an overview of the different ways to be a citizen of the literary world, how to navigate common pitfalls, and importantly how to manage and protect your precious creative time.

  • 10:30-11:00pm

    • Morning Tea

  • 11:00-12:00pm

    • Good Book Design

      Performance space (Wheeler Centre)

      Tess McCabe

      In this workshop, award-winning book designer and publisher Tess McCabe will share tips, insights and advice for indie authors and small publishers who want a striking book design that booksellers and readers will love. Learn how to brief a designer and what to expect in terms of process, timeline, revisions, concepts and copyright. Plus, Tess will share her insights into the world of independent publishing gained through 10+ years and 7+ books published under her own imprint, Creative Minds.

    • Book2Look + Author home page + My Identifiers

      Workshop space (Wheeler Centre)

      Gary Pengelly, Brad Kane and Ralph Möllers

      Join us to review the construction and deployment of two key author tools, Author Homepage and Book2Look. These resources are specifically designed to help leverage social media, enhance discoverability, engage e-commerce and convert eyeballs into sales. If you can click a mouse and type on a keyboard, you can do it yourself! This complete marketing solution provides the elements you need to construct a website that will attract and engage the readers you want to reach, along with creating and embedding your Book2look Biblet for use on the website, as well as sharing via your Social Media channels, and including in your mailings.

  • 12:00-1:00pm

    • Pre-and Post-Publication Checklist

      Performance space (Wheeler Centre)

      Alicia Cohen

      Join us for an illuminating workshop by Alicia Cohen of Amba Press, an experienced publishing professional who has built a growing educational publisher over the last two years. Alicia will guide you through a checklist of things to do in the right order to go from manuscript to publication, and then delve into a post-publication to do list. Whether you’re a self-publishing author or a small publisher, this presentation will equip you with a process to navigate the world of self-publishing or boutique publishing successfully.

    • Successful Self Editing

      Workshop space (Wheeler Centre)

      Kelly Irving

      Come to this workshop to learn how to self-edit a draft quickly and save time and trepidation. Book coach and developmental editor Kelly Irving will share a simple and easy process to work out whether your ideas are sticking, or whether they need work. Discover why it’s easier to work with words once they are on the page. Non-fiction authors will  benefit from Kelly’s insights and experience gleaned over a decade working in magazines and books, with hundreds of published authors who all once struggled to make sense of their written words.

  • 1:00-2:00pm

    • Lunch

  • 2:00-3:00pm

    • Legal Deposit and the National Edeposit (NED) Service

      Performance space (Wheeler Centre)

      Jo Ritale & Liesl Colquhoun

      At this workshop we will explain the legal deposit legislation that is in place across Australia and how the deposit obligations apply to publishers (self-publishers also). We will also provide a demonstration of how you can deposit electronic publications with NED and what happens once you have deposited a work. Finally, we’ll talk about what enhancements are planned for NED and the NED Strategic Plan 2023-2026.

    • Brand You: Creating an authentic (and manageable) online presence

      Workshop space (Wheeler Centre)

      Maryanne Vagg

      If the idea of creating an online presence feels daunting and having to self-promote makes you queasy, then this workshop is for you.

      Over the course of an hour, you will explore the range of options available across social media and other digital platforms to develop an online presence, build an engaged audience, and stay true to your authentic self.

      You will learn how to strategically select the right platform for your message and marketing activities, how to amplify your voice in a noisy marketplace, and how to build and manage Brand You.

    • Working with an author service provider

      Poetry side room (Wheeler Cantre)

      Les Zigomanis

      Once upon a time, the only way to get published was to be accepted by a traditional publisher.

      But the publishing landscape has evolved significantly over recent years. Print-on-demand has revolutionised the industry. If you want to self-publish, or “indie publish” as it’s known alternatively, you can do it inexpensively and efficiently, while maintaining the highest quality.

      You’ll need to employ an Author Service Provider, though – somebody to hold your hand through the process. But what should you look for? What are the pitfalls? What can you expect? Find out in this workshop!

  • 3:00-3:15pm

    • Afternoon Tea (beverages only)

  • 3:15-4:15

    • Ebooks – The lowdown on the upload

      Performance space (Wheeler Centre)

      Andrew Farrell

      Come to this workshop to have all your ‘techie’ digital book queries answered. With a core focus on ebooks: What is an eBook? What’s in an eBook? How to create an ePub? How to update/optimise an ePub? Where does the metadata go? Where to sell eBooks (vendors, tips & tricks); plus a look at POD and Audio as well, the workshop will cover useful programs; tips and tricks for creating/handling epub files; idiosynchrasies of ebook retailers and a general overview of the digital market.

    • What agents do and how small publishers can work with them

      Workshop space (Wheeler Centre)

      Alex Adsett

      Join literary agent and publishing consultant Alex Adsett as she goes through what literary agents actually do, if and when they might be most useful to authors, and how smaller publishers can best work with them in a way that’s a win for everyone. If you’re wondering what industry standards matter most for small publishers to meet, why agents aren’t pitching their authors to you or want authors you’ve discovered to keep working with you as they become more successful then this session is for you.


The Wheeler Centre

176 Little Lonsdale St Melbourne,
VIC 3000 Australia

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