Featuring panels on the most important topics for publishing businesses today. If you work in publishing in Australia and the region, this is the place to be.

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Keynote: Toni Jordan

With Mary Dalmau

Bestselling and award-winning author Toni Jordan will discuss her perspectives on being edited and published, dealing with publicity and promotions, TV and film adaptations and international translations, followed by a Q&A with legendary bookseller Mary Dalmau.

Trade Day Program

  • 08:30am

    • Performance SpaceRegistration

  • 08:45am

    • Performance SpaceWelcome

  • 9:00am

    • Performance SpaceBookScan update

      Bianca Whiteley will present the latest facts and figures from BookScan.

  • 9:45am

    • Performance SpaceDiverse children's publishing

      Books for children are now as diverse as the communities we live in. Join Liz Allen (Lost in Books), Elise Jones (Allen & Unwin), Lisa Fuller (Magabala Books), and author and editor Demet Divaroren. Chaired by Kate O’Donnell (The Younger Sun).

    • Workshop SpaceLegal deposit and lending rights

      What are the essential steps to ensure your books fulfil legal requirements and, crucially, continue to earn revenue for publishers and authors? Jo Ritale (SLV), Dagmar Davies (PLR/ELR) and Anna Solding (MidnightSun Publishing) explain all. Chaired by Sarah Farquharson (Books+Publishing).

  • 10:30am

    • Morning tea

  • 11:00am

    • Performance SpaceMacquarie rights and export survey

      Jan Zwar and Paul Crosby will present the latest findings from Macquarie University’s current research into the publishing industry.

  • 11:15am

    • Performance SpaceReviewing

      Book reviewers Thuy On (The Big Issue, newspapers) and Mel Cranenburgh (3RRR) discuss the diverse places and spaces of contemporary reviewing. Chaired by George Dunford (ArtsHub).

    • Workshop spaceFunding

      You got the money, what next? Recipients of three diverse grants will discuss how they applied and what they did with it. 

      Featuring Bronwyn Mehan (Spineless Wonders), award-winning crime author Emma Viskic and 2018 Frankfurt Fellow Marika Webb-Pullman (Scribe). Chaired by Wenona Byrne (Australia Council).

  • 12:00pm

    • Performance SpaceCopyright Agency

      Everything you need to know about the Copyright Agency, and the Cultural Fund, and why you really should be a member. It will include an introduction to some copyright basics and dispel a few myths about what the Agency does. Presented by Nicola Evans and Rosanna Arciuli.

    • Workshop spaceThe Young Ones

      Recent graduates from a range of postgraduate publishing courses reveal their early-career journeys. With Christopher Black (Scribe), Nicola Nelson (Lake Press), Meg Whelan (Affirm Press) and Madeleine Manifold (Hardie Grant Egmont). Chaired by Jessica Harvie (Small Press Network).

  • 12:45pm

    • Performance SpaceKeynote: Toni Jordan

      Bestselling and award-winning author Toni Jordan will discuss her perspectives on being edited and published, dealing with publicity and promotions, TV and film adaptations and international translations, followed by a Q&A with legendary bookseller Mary Dalmau.

  • 1:45pm

    • Lunch

  • 2pm

    • Performance SpaceSmall Press Network AGM

      During lunch, SPN members are invited to our annual AGM. Members only, sandwiches provided.

  • 2:45pm

    • Performance SpaceThorpe-Bowker

      Gary Pengelly will talk you through the wide range of services offered by this stalwart Australian publishing services company, including MyIdentifiers and more.

    • Workshop space Wheeler Centre AMA

      Your chance to quiz members of the Wheeler Centre team about programming, marketing, and the Centre’s year-round calendar of events, including The Next Chapter and Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. Featuring Veronica Sullivan, Hiroki Kobayashi and Stella Charls.

  • 3:15pm

    • Performance SpaceFestivals

      There is now a year-round calendar of writers festivals around the country. Some are big, some are small, some are specialised. How can publishers take advantage of the opportunities on offer? With Donata Carrazza (Mildura Writers Festival) and Stella Kinsella (Williamstown Writers Festival). 

    • Workshop SpaceBusiness models

      There are many ways to structure a publishing business. Hear insights from a social enterprise, a service-provider, and an energetic start-up run by an experienced businesswoman. Featuring Ali Green (Pantera Press), Jen Hutchinson (Journeys to Words), Michael Hanrahan (Publish Central). Chaired by Michael Webster (SPN/RMIT).

  • 4pm

    • Afternoon tea

  • 4:15pm

    • Performance SpaceState of the Industry

      Representatives of peak bodies the Australian Publishers Association, Australian Booksellers Association, Australian Society of Authors and Australian Library and Information Association will discuss each body’s current strategic priorities and industry-wide issues and campaigns.

  • 5pm

    • Performance SpaceClosing remarks

  • KICK ON

    • Book launchHow to Market Books

      Join us in launching the 6th edition of How to Market Books (Alison Baverstock & Susannah Bowen, Routledge, 2019), in association with the University of Melbourne’s School of Culture and Communication. Doors open at 5:30pm, for launch from 6pm.

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