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 be shown through the entire production process of a book – from acquisition to sales – meeting publishers, editors and marketers throughout. This is a once in a lifetime chance to see behind the scenes of how books get made. Perfect for aspiring editors and publishers, join us for a drink afterwards. Tickets are strictly limited.
Proudly supported by Hachette
12pm: Meet and Greet Lunch
Get ready for a day of bookish adventures inside Hachette Australia and meet your fellow editors who’ll be joining you for the day. We’ll also take you on a tour so you’ll know who has the best office in a publishing house (for your future reference of course).
1pm: Publishing Now
Ever wanted to know what it takes for a book to be successful in Australia? Before you can bring a manuscript to life, you’ve got to know what shines and what doesn’t. Hachette publishers reveal how they commission exciting book ideas and the range of tasks their job entails: from dealing with agents, right through to understanding reading trends and the publishing landscape.
2pm: Keeping the Writers Happy
Having a positive relationship between a writer and editor is essential for a book to reach its highest quality. How do editors navigate these relationships and how far can they push for editorial changes without putting writers offside?
3pm: Hooking Up with Readers
Dress it up, dress it down, how do you make the book go around? The cover and the blurb are the key selling points of a book, but how far does marketing go in grabbing a reader’s attention? Join staff from Hachette’s marketing and sales team as they discuss successful campaigns and what makes a book sell.
Emerging Editors Drinks
Now it’s time to do what editors do best: drink. Continue your discussions with editors and publishers from Hachette and celebrate your eventual takeover of the publishing house.