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Trade Day Keynote Address

Wenona ByrneAustralia Council

Wenona Byrne is Director Literature at the Australia Council for the Arts, and has many years of trade publishing experience as rights and international sales director at Allen & Unwin. Fresh from Frankfurt and equipped with the data from the Australia Council’s recent Reading the Reader study, Byrne will outline the opportunities Australian publishers need to make the most of.

Friday 17 November 2017

  • 8:15am

    • Performance SpaceCoffee, tea, registration

  • 8:45am

    • Performance SpaceWelcome

  • 9:00am

    • Performance SpaceSales Trends

      Bianca Whiteley (Nielsen BookScan)

      Get the most up-to-date sales data analysis from Nielsen Bookscan on Australian sales in children’s, nonfiction, fiction and… well, what exactly is this year’s ‘colouring books’?

    • Workshop SpaceLiterary Journals Roundtable

      This is an invitation-only event for literary journal publishers. It runs for two hours.

  • 10:00am

    • Performance SpaceThe Legal and Political Landscape

      Rosanna Arciuli (Copyright Agency), Michael Gordon-Smith (Australian Publishers Association), Julienne Van Loon (Australian Society of Authors), Joel Becker (Australian Booksellers Association), Chair: Jackie Tang (Books+Publishing)

      Having trouble keeping up with what legislation is being proposed by who and how it will affect the book industry? Get the lie of the political and legal publishing land from the industry professionals paying close attention.

  • 10:45am

    • Morning Tea

  • 11:00am

    • Performance SpaceBusiness Not as Usual

      Keiran Rogers (Affirm Press), Neil Rennison (Tinman Games), Angela Meyer (Bonnier Publishing), Fiona Tuomy (Writers Victoria), Chair: Rose Michael (RMIT)

      It is a tough gig maintaining a publishing business. Here we will explore some alternative approaches that have worked for others: from different business models and distribution set ups, to alternative formats to rethinking commissioning.

    • Workshop SpaceChildren's and YA at the Library

      Adele Walsh (Centre for Youth Literature), Aimee Rhodes (City of Melbourne), Chair: Sophie Masson (Christmas Press)

      Remember the agony of a four-book limit? In this session, you’ll find out how to bring your children’s and YA titles to the attention of librarians and get your books Dewey-decimalised.

  • 11:45am

    • Performance SpaceSustainable Publishing

      Zoe Dattner (Private Media), Tim Singleton-Norton (Save the Children), Chair: Sabita Naheswaran (Antic)

      Publishing is exciting, meaningful and vastly rewarding. It can also be challenging, tiring and all-consuming. Learn from our experts how to create a sustainable workplace.

    • Workshop SpaceThe Art of Self-Promotion — and How to Teach It to Your Authors

      Angela Meyer (Bonnier Publishing), Blaise Van Heck (Busybird Publishing), Chair: Karen Andrews (Miscellaneous Press)

      Some authors ‘get it’. Some don’t want to. Ever. But many just need a bit of help. Get advice on training and supporting your authors to best promote themselves and their books.

  • 12:30

    • Performance SpaceTrade Day Keynote Address

      Wenona Byrne (Australia Council)

      Wenona Byrne is Director Literature at the Australia Council for the Arts.

  • 1:00pm

    • Lunch

  • 2:00pm

    • Performance SpaceSmall Press Network Annual General Meeting

      This session is open to Small Press Network members only.

  • 2:30pm

    • Performance SpaceThe Kids Are Alright

      Adele Walsh (Centre for Youth Literature), Katya Johanson (Deakin University), Leonie Rutherford (Deakin University), Michael Earp (The Younger Sun), Chair: Elizabeth Flux (Writers Bloc)

      The kids are alright. But what about the publishers? Young people don’t buy newspapers, listen to radio or watch live-to-air television, but they consume a prodigious amount of media—and are attracted to anything indie. How can publishers get their attention?

    • Workshop SpaceTools for Publishers

      Aaron Mannion (Vignette Press), Wesley Whitfield

      From InCopy to NetGalley, from BookBub to BookScan, and from royalty management software to the millions of project management platforms out there — what tools are publishers using and would they work for you?

  • 3:15pm

    • Performance SpaceInternational Trends, Frankfurt and Bologna

      Natasha Solomun (The Rights Hive), Angela Namoi (Allen & Unwin)

      Hear about all the international trends from a rights sales manager fresh off the plane from the Frankfurt Book Fair, and catch up on what went down at Bologna.

  • 4:00pm

    • Performance SpacePublishing Q+A

      Angela Namoi (Allen & Unwin), Zoe Dattner (SmartCompany), Michael Gordon-Smith (Australian Publishers Association), Tracy O’Shaughnessy (RMIT), Tom Hoskins (Readings), Karen Le Roy (Australia Council), Chair: Alex Adsett (Alex Adsett Publishing Services)

      Come up with your best questions for our experienced panelists! Tweet them to @smallpressau , comment on our Facebook posts or write them on the post-it notes provided at the conference.


      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 and young adult list. She has been a regular visitor at all the major book fairs over many years, as well as visiting New York, Chicago, London, Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong regularly. In 2014 Angela was awarded the Pixie O’Harris Award and in 2016 the George Robertson Award for services to Australian literature. Earlier this year she was granted four-year funding for an Australian collective stand at Bologna.

      Zoe Dattner is the publisher of SmartCompany, Australia’s premier publication for small business, startups and entrepreneurs. Prior to that Zoe was the co-founder and creative director of small literary publishing house Sleepers, lectured in digital publishing at Melbourne University, and was the General Manager of the Small Press Network between 2008 and 2013.

      Michael Gordon-Smith is the CEO of the Australian Publishers Association. He has worked for more than 20 years in Australian media and communications industries, including as a director, a government regulator and the CEO of industry associations. Michael has led projects or policies from media ownership to mobile telephones, from copyright to digital television. He established the Centre for Screen Business at the Australian Film Television and Radio School and chaired the Australian Broadcasting Authority’s inquiry into Cash for Comment. He has been the CEO of the Australian Publishers Association since 2013. He would like to be a faster ocean swimmer and a better player of Go.

      Tracy O’Shaughnessy is a trade book publisher with over twenty years’ experience. Throughout her diverse career she has worked at a number of Australia’s leading publishing houses, including Hardie Grant Books, Melbourne University Press as the Miegunyah Publisher, and Allen & Unwin. She is currently Program Director of the RMIT’s Master of Writing and Publishing and publisher of the student-led Bowen Street Press.

      Tom Hoskins is the store manager and buyer for Readings at the State Library and the Readings Melbourne Writers Festival shop. Tom has been with Readings since 2003 after an ill-advised yet thankfully brief stint with Borders.

      Karen Le Roy works in the international projects team at the Australia Council and manages the Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) program and outbound delegations of Australian publishers and agents. She previously managed the grant categories for individual writers, literary magazines, literary festivals, and translations.


      Alex Adsett is a publishing consultant and literary agent who offers commercial contract advice to authors and publishers. She serves on various boards around Australia and talks regularly on copyright and contracts.

  • 4:45pm

    • Performance SpaceWhat the Small Press Network Can Do for You

      Matthia Dempsey (Small Press Network)

      From free entry in the Victorian Premier’s Awards, to SPN stands at trade expos; from mentorship opportunities, to discounted services from providers including Ingram, Nielsen, Thorpe-Bowker and NetGalley—find out what SPN can offer you.

  • 5:00pm

    • The MoatNetworking Drinks

      Join conference attendees for a drink downstairs at the Moat Bar as you wait for the Wheeler Centre doors to re-open for this year’s Most Underrated Book Award announcement at 6.15pm.

  • 6:15pm

    • Performance SpaceMost Underrated Book Award Announcement

      Join us for the announcement of the 2017 Most Underrated Book Award winner.