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VIPs announced for 2018 SWF

The Australia Council for the Arts has announced the guests attending the 2018 Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) program, to be held alongside the Sydney Writers’ Festival in early May.

The twelve guests are:

  • Valeria Bergalli Cozzi, publisher and editor, editorial minúscula, Spain
  • Martin Breitfeld, editorial director, Verlag Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Germany
  • Arpita Das, publisher and co-founder, Yoda Press, India
  • Linda Kaplan, translation rights agent, Kaplan/DeFiore Rights, and DeFiore & Company Literary Management
  • Bénédicte Lombardo, senior acquisitions editor, Michel Lafon Publishing, France
  • Kirsty Melville, president and publisher, Andrews McMeel Publishing, US
  • Julie Paludan-Müller, senior editor, Gyldendal, Denmark
  • Sabrina Verbeek, acquiring editor fiction, De Fontein, Netherlands
  • Linda Vogt, acquisition editor for fiction, Ullstein Buchverlage, Germany
  • Daniella Wexler, editor at Atria Books, Simon & Schuster, US
  • Janie Yoon, editorial director, House of Anansi Press, Canada
  • Sylvie Zannier-Betts, founder and literary scout, Sylvie Zannier Literary Scouting, UK.

This year’s VIPs program will be held from 2-4 May, and will include an industry forum, networking lunch and welcome drinks on 2 May, followed by two days of business meetings.

A new process to request one-to-one business meetings with the VIPs has been introduced this year, which will see the VIPs select the Australian publishers and agents with whom they’d like to meet. Australian publishers and agents will need to complete an online form by 28 February for the Australia Council to collate and submit to the VIPs, with the outcome of the requests to be confirmed in March.

A full program of events including times and locations will be updated on the VIPs 2018 web page in mid-late March.

The VIPs Program aims to promote rights sales of Australian titles in overseas markets and to strengthen the ties between Australian and international publishers.

For more information about the program and guests, visit the Australia Council website here.


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