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The Forest for the Trees: Writers & Publishing in 2012
Code: W18  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Publishing Industry, Historical Fiction, , Fiction
Thursday, May 17 2012 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Ticketed: $35/$25
State Library of NSW, Metcalfe Auditorium, Macquarie Street Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney Venue & Transport Info
Elizabeth Weiss, Bem Le Hunte, Alison Green, Anna Maguire, Sophie Hamley, Joel Naoum, Shona Martyn, Jane Gleeson-White, Julianne Schultz, Barbara Horgan, Sue Hines, Paul Baggaley, Chad Harbach, Elliot Perlman, David Brooks, Sophie Cunningham, Lou Johnson
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What has happened in the last year for publishers, bookshops and the writer? What challenges exist for publishing in the modern world?

International speakers Chad Harbach (The Art of Fielding) and Paul Baggaley (publisher, Picador UK) along with Elliot Perlman join Australian industry identities for a day of sessions on the state of publishing in 2012.

My Path Through the Forest
A writer's life entails much more than just getting words on the page. Author, publisher and journalist Sophie Cunningham takes us through what she will be doing in 2012.

Getting to Print
What does it take to get published? Sophie Cunningham unearths the winding - and sometimes very long - paths that debut novelist Chad Harbach and established author Elliot Perlman took to get published.

Publishing in 2012
Australian publishers Lou Johnson (Simon & Schuster), Sue Hines (Allen & Unwin) and Alison Green (Pantera Press) join Paul Baggaley (Picador UK) to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing publishing houses today.

Journals: From Little Things Big Things Grow
Journal editors Julianne Schultz (Griffith Review), Jane Gleeson-White (Overland), David Brooks (Southerly) and Alice Grundy (Seizure) discuss the vital role journals play in publishing emerging writers.

Off the Beaten Track: Digital and Other Ways Forward
Joel Naoum (Momentum), Anna Maguire (digireado), Elizabeth Weiss (Allen & Unwin) and David Henley (Xou Creative) consider recent developments in digital publishing and the opportunities created for writers.

The Next Year: Wrap-up and Q&A
Author Bem Le Hunte, publisher Shona Martyn, agent Sophie Hamley and bookseller Barbara Horgan discuss the challenges and opportunities for writers in 2012 with chair Sophie Cunningham.

Presented in association with the NSW Writers’ Centre. Supported by Pantera Press.

Duration: 7 hours
Maximum capacity: 130 participants

Elizabeth Weiss (Australian)

Elizabeth Weiss has been a publisher at Allen & Unwin for 20 years. Elizabeth currently oversees the company's digital publishing arm. Allen & Unwin is regarded as an industry leader in digital publishing, with established e-book and digital-printing programs.

Bem Le Hunte (Australian)

Bem Le Hunte is the author of two novels. Her debut, The Seduction of Silence, featured as the HarperCollins Publishing Event of the Year and became an international bestseller, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. Her follow-up novel, There, Where the Pepper Grows, received critical acclaim and was a bestseller in Australia. She is currently finishing her third novel, Father of All Stories, as part of her creative arts doctorate at the University of Sydney.

Alison Green (Australian)

Alison is the co-founder of Pantera Press, established in 2008. Pantera Press is an independent Australian book publisher focusing on the next generation of Australian writers and readers. Bringing together an unusual mix of passion for the arts, books, business and philanthropy, Pantera Press is Alison’s creative vision. Alison is now chief executive driving the Press forward together with her team of experienced industry professionals.

Anna Maguire (Australian)

Anna Maguire has worked in book publishing and digital content for 25 years and now runs digital publishing consultancy Digireado. Anna was head of production and interactive at Random House Australia and first digitised content for online in the late 1990s. She is a passionate advocate of digital publishing and the Australian market. Anna works with publishers and authors on developing their digital and social-media strategies, and conducts training for students and writers. Anna is on Twitter @Digireado

Sophie Hamley (Australian)

Sophie Hamley did her time in the bookselling trenches while at university. Following a year working in children’s books in Vancouver, Sophie returned to work in Australian publishing as an editor at HarperCollins and Penguin. She went on to work at the Seven Network, Massive Interactive and CCH as a writer and editor of online content, and website and interactive TV producer. In 2006 Sophie joined the Cameron Creswell Agency and now manages a varied list of clients writing fiction, non-fiction and children’s books.

Joel Naoum (Australian)

Joel Naoum is a Sydney-based book publisher, editor, blogger and writer. He is running Pan Macmillan's new digital-only imprint, Momentum, and recently completed a three-month stint in London for the Unwin Fellowship researching digital publishing experimentation. He is passionate about the possibilities that social media and digital publishing open up for authors, publishers, booksellers and the whole book industry.

Shona Martyn (Australian)

Shona Martyn is the publishing director for Australia and New Zealand at HarperCollins. Soon after launching her career in the rough-and-tumble world of daily newspapers, Shona was named New Zealand Journalist of the Year. She subsequently worked in newspapers and magazines in the UK and Australia, including as a feature writer for Vogue and editor of Good Weekend before founding the much-lauded HQ magazine. Shona then transitioned to books, being appointed publisher at Transworld Publishers before moving to HarperCollins in 1999.

Julianne Schultz (Australian)

Julianne Schultz is the founding editor of Griffith REVIEW and a professor in the Centre for Cultural Research at Griffith University. She has written extensively about contemporary Australia. She is a member of the board of the ABC and the Grattan Institute, chairs the reference group on the National Cultural Policy and the Queensland Design Council and is a judge of the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

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Barbara Horgan (Australian)

Barbara Horgan has been a bookseller for 26 years and says she has the best job in the world. Barbara is currently the co-owner of Shearer’s Bookshop with her husband, Tony. Shearer’s was the first independent bookshop to win Bookseller of the Year in 1993, winning it again in 2011. Shearer’s also won the Australian Indies Metropolitan Bookshop of the Year, the Inner West Small Retail Business of the Year and the overall Inner West Best Business of the Year in 2011.

Sue Hines (Australian)

Sue Hines is the trade publishing director at Allen & Unwin, managing a team of publishers producing around 250 books each year. Sue started her publishing career at the independent publishing house McPhee Gribble. She was the managing editor during the period the company was the powerhouse of Australian literary publishing and she worked with a range of fiction and non-fiction writers. She then joined Reed Books to start their first paperback imprint and went on to become the company’s non-fiction and illustrated publisher.

Paul Baggaley (International)

Paul Baggaley is the publisher of Picador in the UK where he is responsible for the publishing of Pan Macmillan's literary imprint as well as editing and publishing fiction, non-fiction and poetry writers
including Cormac McCarthy, Bret Easton Ellis, Don DeLillo, Alan Hollinghurst, Graham Swift, Emma Donoghue, Carol Ann Duffy, Clive James, Jon Ronson and Oliver Sacks. He was previously publishing director of Harper Perennial, publicity director of Jonathan Cape and marketing director of the Harvill Press.

Elliot Perlman (Australian)

Elliot Perlman’s Three Dollars won The Age Book of the Year Award, the Betty Trask Award (UK) and the Fellowship of Australian Writers' Book of the Year Award. He co-wrote the screenplay for the film Three Dollars which received the Australian Film Critics' Circle Award for Best Adapted Screenplay as well as the AFI Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Seven Types of Ambiguity was an international bestseller and was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Queensland Premier's Literary Award for Fiction. Elliot lives in Melbourne.

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David Brooks (Australian)

David Brooks is a poet, novelist, short-story writer and essayist. He teaches Australian literature at the University of Sydney and is co-editor of Southerly. His latest work, The Sons of Clovis, is a comprehensive reappraisal of the Ern Malley hoax and a revelation of its French origins.

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Sophie Cunningham (Australian)

Sophie Cunningham has worked in publishing for 25 years. She is course director for the Faber Academy in Melbourne and is a founding board member of the Stella Prize. She is the author of two novels, Geography and Bird, and the non-fiction, Melbourne. Her third novel (in progress), This Devastating Fever, is about Leonard Woolf's years in Sri Lanka. She's currently writing a non-fiction book on Cyclone Tracy and extreme weather.

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Alice Grundy (Australian)

Alice Grundy is the editor-in-chief and co-creator of Seizure, a biannual magazine for new writing, design and photography. The inaugural issue, Food, was released in June 2011. She was an editor on the 2010 UTS Writers' Anthology and has worked in think-tanks and trade publishing. She lives in Sydney and currently works as a cookbook editor.

Margaret Seale (Australian)

Margie Seale joined Random House Australia as deputy managing director and head of publishing in February 2000 and was appointed managing director and publisher in September 2001. Margie’s role includes responsibility for the company’s New Zealand operations. In 2010 she was appointed president, Asia development, exploring potential business opportunities in south-east and northern Asia on behalf of Random House worldwide.
Margie was educated at the University of Sydney, is vice president of the Australian Publishing Association and serves on the board of Sydney Writers’ Festival.

David Henley (Australian)

David Henley has worked for more than 12 years in the Australian publishing industry. David is co-founder of Xou Creative, a publishing-focused design and production studio. Xou Creative publishes Seizure magazine and the UTS Writers' Anthology. David is also known by his alter ego, Terence Bumbly.

Jane Gleeson-White (Australian)

Jane Gleeson-White is the author of Double Entry: How the merchants of Venice shaped the modern world – and how their invention could make or break the planet (2011), Australian Classics (2007) and Classics (2005). She is the fiction editor of Overland magazine and a PhD candidate at the University of New South Wales. She has degrees in economics and literature and was an intern at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. She blogs at

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Lou Johnson (Australian)

Lou Johnson is the managing director of Simon & Schuster Australia. She began her publishing career as a sales rep at HarperCollins over 20 years ago. Since then she has managed the ABC Centres at ABC Enterprises and held senior sales and marketing roles at Random House, Allen & Unwin and Simon & Schuster. Lou works extensively with the APA, and currently sits on the Trade Publishers and the ABIA committees.

Chad Harbach (International)

Chad Harbach is the author of one of the most talked about novels of 2011, The Art of Fielding. He grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from Harvard in 1997. He was a Henry Hoyns Fellow at the University of Virginia, where he received an MFA in Fiction in 2004. He is currently the executive editor of n+1, which he co-founded, and lives in Brooklyn.

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