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HARDCOPY Intro2Industry 2018

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Conference Centre, Level 4

National Library of Australia

Parkes Pl W

Canberra ACT, ACT 2600

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The flagship initiative of the ACT Writers Centre and funded by the Australia Council for the Arts, HARDCOPY is a national development program for Australian emerging writers. This year's program is focusing on fiction. Intro2Industry is the second component of the year-long program, and offers presentations and panels about the Australian publishing industry. Participation in Intro2Industry 2018 is through HARDCOPY (currently closed for applications), ACT-based tertiary creative writing students, and invited guests of the ACT Writers Centre.

Friday 14th Sept: The day’s theme: Towards Publication

9:00am – 10:30am

  • What publishers do for you with Annette Barlow from Allen & Unwin, chaired by Paul Bissett

BREAK

10am – 12:30pm

  • The role of an agent: What do agents do and what does representation mean for your career? With Benython Oldifield from Zeitgeist Agency, chaired by Nigel Featherstone

LUNCH

1:30 – 3:00pm

  • Copyright and contracts – everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask with Alex Adsett from Alex Adsett Publishing services. Chaired by Sophie Mannix

BREAK

3:30pm – 5:00pm

  • What I know about being published and what I wished I had known with Merlinda Bobbis, LJM Own and Tania McCartney. Chaired by Nigel Featherstone.

Saturday 15th Sept: The day’s theme: You’re published, now what?

9:00am – 10:30am

  • Everything a writer needs to know about social media with Alison Menzies from Text Publishing. Chaired by Sophie Mannix

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11:00am – 12:30pm

  • Navigating rejection and success with Jack Heath, Melinda Smith and Karen Viggers. Chaired by Paul Bissett

LUNCH

1:30pm – 3:00pm

  • The coalface – how books find readers with James Redden from Harry Hartog, Deb Stevens from Allen & Urwin and Jan Thurling from ACT Libraries. Chaired by Sophie Mannix.

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3:30pm – 5:00pm

  • Pathway to publication with Jane Abbott, Leife Shallcross and Sam Hawke. Chaired by Nigel Featherstone

Sunday 16th Sept: Day’s theme: Future Opportunities

9:00am – 10:30am

  • The literature sector, support and you with Weonona Bryne from the Australia council for the arts and Robert Piani from artsACT. Chaired by Paul Bissett.

BREAK

11:00am – 12:30pm

  • All about Australian Literary festivals with Izzy Roberts-Orr form emerging writers festival. Chaired by Sophie Mannix

LUNCH

1:30am – 3:00pm

  • Open conversation: Program reflections facilitated by Paul Bissett and Nigel Featherstone

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS/PANELLISTS:

A single mother of two teenaged boys, JANE ABBOTTwas born in the UK, raised in the leafy suburbs of Sydney’s north shore, and now divides her time between Melbourne and central Victoria. Jillaroo, nurse, secretary, short-time teacher, office administrator (followed by a reluctant career in marketing), she has tried her hand at most things and lived in many places.Jane’s dystopian novel, WATERSHED, was published by Random House Australia in June 2016. It had already received a Commendation in the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, and secured Jane a place in the ACT Writers Centre’ HARDCOPY program (2014), where she met her future literary agent. Jane’s breathtaking young-adult novel, ELEGY, is also published by Random House Australia.

ALEX ADSETT is a literary agent specialising in genre fiction, as well as a freelance publishing consultant offering commercial contract advice to authors and publishers. She has more than twenty years experience working in the publishing and bookselling industry and has managed Alex Adsett Publishing Services since 2008. As a consultant, Alex helps authors and publishers negotiate publishingcontracts in line with industry standards. As a literary agent, she is focussed on findingexceptional manuscripts for adults and young adults, including commercial fiction, narrative non-fiction, romance, science fiction,fantasy, crime and mystery. Alex represents a select stable of authors including Jodi McAlister, Sasha Wasley, Isobelle Carmody, Shannon Horsfall, Catherine Pelosi and Shelly Unwin. She is often to be found on twitter at @alexadsett or via herwebsite www.alexadsett.com.au.

ANNETTE BARLOW is a publisher at Australia’s largest and most successful independent publishing house, Allen & Unwin and is always looking for compelling stories. She has worked in the publishing industry for over 30 years, in bookshops, in sales, in editorial and for over 20 years as a publisher. Her list comprises both literary and commercial fiction titles, including the twice Miles Franklin-winner Alex Miller, crime writers such as Kerry Greenwood and Barry Maitland and many successful novelists such as Kate Morton, Fleur MacDonald, Minette Walters, Holly Throsby and Tony Jones. Her nonfiction titles are mostly memoir and include Jessica Rowe, Mary-Rose MacColl and Eddie Ayres. Annette is the publisher responsible for the annually awarded The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award and she teaches with the Faber Writing Academy at Allen & Unwin.

PAUL BISSETT is the Interim Director of the ACT Writers Centre. He is an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker who loves to write stories about time travel and warped realities. His TV comedy pilot, ABOVE THE ANGELIC, won the Page International Screenwriting Awards. His first feature film, IN SEARCH OF AN ENDING, was highly praised by the Academy Awards Nicholl Fellowship calling it ‘wildly inventive’ and ‘very Charlie Kaufman – it's that kind of brilliant’. IN SEARCH OF AN ENDING is slated for production in November 2018 and will be directed by Peter Howitt (Sliding Doors). Paul admires the way human beings can use words to invoke emotional responses and is passionate about advocating for writers and their artistry.

MERLINDA BOBIS is a multi-awarded trilingual writer (English, Filipino, Bikol), performer, scholar, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at The Australian National University. She published four novels, five poetry books, a collection of short stories, and various literary and critical texts. She performed her dramatic works in Australia and overseas. Her latest novel, LOCUST GIRL. A LOVESONG,won the 2016 Christina Stead Prize for Fiction. She taught Creative Writing for 21 years at University of Wollongong.

WENONA BYRNE worked in publishing for eleven years, nine years as Rights Manager with independent publisher Allen & Unwin. While at A&U Wenona worked closely with Australian authors, pitching titles to international publishers in North America, UK, Europe and Asia.Before joining A&U Wenona worked at Australian Literary Management, a literary agency in Sydney, and previously was a film and television writer/director as well as a freelance feature writer. In her current role as Director of Literature at the Australia Council for the Arts, Wenona advocates for the broader literary sector, working on key programs that benefit writers, publishers and literary organisations.

NIGEL FEATHERSTONE is an Australian writer of adult fiction. His new novel, BODIES OF MEN, will be published by Hachette Australia in early 2019. In 2014 the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium commissioned Nigel to write the libretto for an original song cycle, with the music composed by James Humberstone from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music; this work, titled THE WEIGHT OF LIGHT, was developed by The Street Theatre in Canberra and had its world premiere in March 2018; it was also performed in Sydney in July 2018. Critics have called the production ‘A gem of a song cycle’ (Canberra Times), ‘An enthralling visual and aural experience’ (Australian Arts Review), and ‘A beautiful show – highly moving’ (Whispering Gums). Nigel is also the author of three award-winning novellas: THE BEACH VOLCANO, I’M READY NOW, andFALL ON ME(Blemish Books, 2014, 2012, 2011 respectively). His first novel, REMNANTS(Pandanus Books, 2005), was critically acclaimed. Nigel is the author of 50 short stories published in Australian literary journals including the Review of Australian Fiction (three times), Meanjin, and Overland.In 2013 he was a writer-in-residence at UNSW Canberra / the Australian Defence Force Academy; he has also held residencies at Varuna (Blue Mountains, NSW) and Bundanon (Shoalhaven River, NSW). On a part-time contract basis for the ACT Writers Centre, Nigel coordinates HARDCOPY. He is represented by the Naher Agency and lives on the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales. For more information, please visit www.opentopublic.com.au

SAM HAWKE has wanted to write books since realising as a child that they didn’t just breed between themselves in libraries. Having contemplated careers as varied as engineer, tax accountant and zookeeper Sam eventually settled on the law. After marrying her jujitsu training partner and travelling to as many countries as possible, Sam now resides in Canberra, Australia raising two small ninjas and two idiot dogs. She was a participant in the inaugural Hardcopy program in 2014 and her debut epic fantasy novel, CITY OF LIES, was released in July 2018, with a sequel to follow in 2019.

JACK HEATH is the pen name of a bestselling and award-winning author. He has written more than twenty action-packed books for kids and one disturbing crime novel for adults. His novels have been translated into six languages and adapted for film. Jack fell in love with reading in primary school, when an ear infection left him unable to do much else. In high school he was frustrated by the slow pace and lack of excitement in most teenage fiction, so he started writing his own novel. It was picked out of a slush pile and published while he was still a teenager, and it soon became an international success. In the course of his research, Jack has toured morgues and prisons, performed as a street magician and travelled through eleven countries, including Russia. His enthusiastic presentations at schools and festivals have gotten thousands of kids hooked on reading. His previous day jobs—in which he met many interesting characters—include fry cook, music teacher, TV salesman, call centre worker and bookseller. He plays several musical instruments, and lives on the land of the Ngunnawal people in Gunghalin, Australia.

If she could, TANIA MCCARTNEY would live inside a book, and as an author, illustrator and editor—she kind of already does. An experienced magazine and book editor, independent publisher, features writer and columnist, Tania has 30 years’ experience in magazines and publishing. She also has a decade’s experience in book layout, design and typography, and currently has almost 40 books in print or in production. In 2013, Tania began reconnecting with illustration and is now creating digital and hand-rendered works, specialising in watercolour, ink and printing techniques. Her first self-illustrated book, AUSTRALIA ILLUSTRATED, was released in 2016. She has since illustrated two maps and four books, including a collaboration with Jackie French (National Library of Australia, Apr 2019) and the first trade picture book on the life of May Gibbs (MAMIE, HarperCollins, Nov 2018).

Tania’s illustrations are now featured in a series of greeting cards with Nuovo Group and one of her works will feature in the Flow Magazine 2019 calendar. The founder of Kids’ Book Review and the 52-Week Illustration Challenge, she is also an experienced speaker and presenter, running workshops for schools and organisations such as the ACT Writers Centre, the ASA, CBCA and SCBWI. Her festival experience includes the CBCA National Conference, SCBWI Conference and the Asian Festival of Children’s Content in Singapore. Tania’s books have won awards and shortlistings, and have been released in Australia, NZ, the UK, the US, Canada and China (two have been translated into simplified Chinese). A National Library author, she is also published by several trade publishers, specialising in picture books, non-fiction and junior fiction. Recent awards include several CBCA Notable books, the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award 2017 (Australia/New Zealand) for SMILE CRY, and the CBCA Laurie Copping Award for Distinguished Service to Children’s Literature 2017. She was recently awarded a May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust Fellowship to Adelaide in November 2018. Tania loves calendars, maps, gardening, yoga, wasabi, nutmeg, sparkling mineral water, paper and photos, and very best of all sprouting a love of reading in children. A juvenile literacy champion, she is a past ambassador for the National Year of Reading and a current ambassador for the Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge (ACT).Tania has lived in France, England and China, and currently lives just outside the ACT with her family, a forest of artwork and a mountain of books.

SOPHIE MANNIX is an arts administrator, a bookseller anda candle enthusiast. She is currently the Communications Officer for the ACT Writers Centre and a bookseller at Harry Hartog Woden. She has worked with Noted Festival, managed book tours, completed a Bachelor of Arts in Literature, and managed a website on the Australian writing industry. Involved in HARDCOPY since its first year, Sophie is enthusiastic about helping writers connect to the industry, move forward in their career paths, and find their community.

ALLISON MENZIES is the Digital Manager at Text Publishing. She manages the Text Publishing websites, newsletters and various digital marketing spaces. Over the last decade she has worked for Pearson Education, Penguin Books and Penguin Random House and also teaches the production component of the RMIT Master of Writing and Publishing course. She has also completed the Graduate Diploma of Editing and Publishing at RMIT as well as a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing.

Allison volunteers at 100 Story Building, mentoring marginalised children and young people to build their literacy skills, confidence and sense of belonging. She also does freelance cookbook writing and marketing copy translation work in her decreasingly spare time.

Zeitgeist Agency, established in 2007 is a writers’ agency with offices in Sydney, Australia and Brussels, Belgium. BENYTHON OLDFIELD is the Co-Founder and Sydney based Director. He previously worked at Random House and Allen & Unwin. Zeitgeist Sydney represents 40 Australian writers in books, screenand theatre. International hits include: JASPER JONES by Craig Silvey; LOST AND FOUND by Brooke Davis; THE BURIAL by Courtney Collins, THE LOST FLOWERS OF ALICE HART by Holly Ringland and SIXTY SECONDS by Jesse Blackadder. Michael Sala’s THE RESTORER has recently been shortlisted for numerous prizes and Roanna Gonsalves’s THE PERMANENT RESIDENT won the 2018 NSW Premiers’ Multicultural Award. Zeitgeist has just signed and sold wunderkind 16-year-old Vivian Pham’s, THE COCONUT CHILDREN to be published by PRH Vintage in 2020. Exciting new release YA books include HIVE by AJ Betts and DREAMRIDERS by Jesse Blackadder & Laura Bloom. AJ Bett’s ZAC AND MIA was adapted to screen and won two 2018 Emmy’s. Global non-fiction includes: DISASTER CAPITALISM by Antony Loewenstein; ON THE TRAIL OF GENGHIS KHAN by Tim Cope and GAYSIA by Benjamin Law. www.zeitgeistagency.com

DR L.J.M. OWEN has escaped dark and shadowy days as a public servant to explore the comparatively lighter side of life: murder, mystery and forgotten women’s history. An Australian author, archaeologist and librarian with a PhD in palaeogenetics, L.J.’s focus is on transforming science and history into accessible fiction with a broad appeal. L.J. incorporates ancient cultures, human genetics and forensic science in her Australian-set mystery series: Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth. The first book in the series, OLMEC OBITUARY (2015), was originally launched on Kickstarter. Just five days into the crowdfunding campaign it was picked up by a traditional publisher, Echo Publishing (Bonnier). OLMEC OBITUARY was awarded a Highly Commended in the 2016 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards. Bonnier have since published the second in the series, MAYAN MENDACITY (2016), released the third instalment, EGYPTIAN ENIGMA, in early 2018. In addition to writing, L.J. is a panellist, interviewer, workshop provider and public speaker. Rare moments of free time are spent experimenting with ancient recipes under strict feline supervision.

ROBERT PIANI is the Manager of Arts Support, artsACT, within the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate of the ACT Government. artsACTprovides policy and funding advice; manages the ACT Arts Fund and a range of other arts development and funding initiatives; manages the ACT Government’s public art collection; oversees the development and management of key ACT arts facilities; and maintain links with other arts and cultural organisations in Australia. The Arts Support team manages the ACT Arts Fund of over $10 million in arts funding across a range of arts organisations, groups and individual artists, to support and develop the arts, and to promote community access and engagement.

JAMES REDDEN is the Manager of Harry Hartog Bookseller in Woden, ACT. He is passionate about promoting upcoming authors, particularly within the local community. He has produced an event schedule for his store with the equivalent of one event every week. The goal is to increase this number as the bookstore continues to grow. When the store is quiet, you will find him giggling away at the latest and greatest children’s picture books.

LEIFE SHALLCROSS writes mostly fairy tales and dark fantasy, with the occasional bit of soft sci fi thrown in for good measure. Even when she’s not working on something specifically fairy-taleish, a lot of her work draws on her love of traditional tales and folklore. Leife’s first novel, THE BEAST’S HEART, was published by Hodder & Stoughton in May 2018.

MELINDA SMITH is the author of six books of poetry, most recently GOODBYE, CRUEL (Pitt St Poetry, 2017). She (quite unexpectedly) won the 2014 Prime Minister's Literary Award for DRAG DOWN TO UNLOCK OR PLACE AN EMERGENCY CALL. Her work has been widely anthologised and translated into multiple languages and she has appeared at a number of literary events both in Australia and overseas, including a recent tour of Japan with an international group of English language poets. She is based in the ACT and is a former poetry editor of the Canberra Times.

DEB STEVENS operates an agency providing account management in the ACT and South East NSW for publishers and currently represents Allen & Unwin, Murdoch Books, and Exisle publishing. The account management includes sales to booksellers in the region and assisting both the publishers and bookshops with marketing and promotion of books. Deb also help out with local and visiting authors. A part-time job in the 80’s with the wonderful Mary Martins hooked her into the book trade and despite a few sojourns doing other things it is where her heart remains. The best buzz for Deb is to see a happy reader with a newly recommended book. She loves getting readers, booksellers and authors connecting and is passionate about the Australian book industry. Deb is also a proud and unapologetic Canberran.

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JAN THURLING is the manager of Lifelong Learning for Libraries ACT, ACT Government.

KAREN VIGGERS is the award-winning author of three internationally best-selling novels: THE STRANDING, THE LIGHTKEEPER’S WIFEand THE GRASS CASTLE. Her fourth novel, THE WORLD BENEATH THE TREESwill be published by Allen&Unwin in 2019. Karen is a wildlife veterinarian with a PhD in wildlife health, and she writes contemporary fiction set in Australian landscapes. Her work explores connection with the land, grief and healing, end of life choices, and ethical issues such as dying with dignity, whale rescue, kangaroo culling, clear-felling of forests, and scientific research on animals. Her work has been translated into several languages. In 2016, THE LIGHTKEEPER’S WIFE/LA MÉMOIRE DES EMBRUNSwon the Les Petits Mots des libraires literary award in France for a discovery novel (Roman Decouverte) and was short-listed for the Livre de poche Reader’s Choice Award. This novel was on the French national best-seller list for 42 weeks, and was a No 1 bestseller on Amazon. In 2017, THE GRASS CASTLE/LE MURMURE DU VENTwas short-listed for the Pays du Galle Reader’s Prize. Karen has worked and travelled in many remote parts of Australia from Antarctica to the Kimberley, and her novels are known for their evocative portrayal of Australian people, history, wildlife and landscapes.


The ACT Writers Centre is supported by the ACT Government.


HARDCOPY is assisted by the Australian Government through theAustralia Council,

its arts funding and advisory body.


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National Library of Australia

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