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  • Inside the Publishing House

    Fri 30 Oct, 12:30 PM

    Inside the Publishing House with Hachette Australia and Emerging Writers’ Festival

    This unique event will take you inside – literally inside – one of our Australia’s biggest and brightest publishing houses, Hachette Australia. Through the day you will have the chance to explore the career of several leading authors/editors/publishers – gaining invaluable insight into acquisitions, editorial process, sales and marketing strategies – to help you on the path to publication/with your next career steps. Be shown through the entire production process of a book – from acquisition to sales – meeting publishers, editors and marketers throughout. Perfect for aspiring authors, editors and publishers, this is an event not to be missed. Tickets are strictly limited.

    12.30-1pm: Lunch, provided by EWF

    Start the day by meeting your fellow editors and writers who’ll be joining you for the day of bookish adventures inside Hachette Australia. Get some fuel for a huge day packed with insider insights!

    1pm-1.45pm: Case study: Peter Polites (and Robert Watkins, Publisher)

    Associate Director of SWEATSHOP, Peter is the editor of Ornaments from Two Countries: GLBTIQ Stories of Difference from Western Sydney and Regional NSW. Trace Peter’s career, how his work with SWEATSHOP lead to his path to publication, the acquisition and editorial process and timeline for delivery of manuscript.


    1.45-2.30pm: Pitch Perfect (Robert Watkins – Fiction and Non Fiction Publisher, Suzanne O’Sullivan – Children’s Publisher, Rebecca Saunders – Fiction Publisher)

    How do publishers best like work pitched to them? Bringing together leading publishers and editors to give you an incredible opportunity to hear how they best like work pitched to them. You’ll get an insight into what they’re looking for, hear their perspectives on new work and how to best present your work.


    2.30-2.45pm: Break


    2.45-3.30pm: How to sell yourself in a crowded market (Jaclyn Money – Digital Marketing Coordinator, Jessica Skipper – Publicist, Chris Sims – National Accounts Manager, Penny Evershed – Head of Children’s Product & Communications)

    What unique value can you bring to the market? Don’t miss this sales and marketing panel with digital focus.  Get tips on how to gain a competitive edge and make yourself stand out in a crowded market. Find the best way to creatively and innovatively engage with the digital market.


    3.30-4.15pm: Case study: Sophie Hardcastle (and Vanessa Radnidge, Publisher)

    From writer and publisher, learn about the acquisition process, sales and marketing strategies, how to plan and manage a book tour, and the next career steps.


    4.15pm: Networking drinks hosted by Hachette

    Enjoy a drink and continue your discussions with editors, writers and publishers.

    Hachette Australia $60 full / $50 concession

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