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Missingham to deliver keynote as SPN annual conference goes online

The Small Press Network (SPN) has announced that Sam Missingham, founder of the UK-based marketing agency The Empowered Author, will be the keynote speaker at its 2020 Independent Publishing Conference, which is to be held online this year due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The ninth annual Independent Publishing Conference will be held online on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 of November.

‘We are very excited to be presenting the conference online for the first time,’ Small Press Network general manager Tim Coronel said. ‘While it’s been forced on us by the pandemic, moving online opens up opportunities for the conference to reach a much wider audience across Australia and internationally.’

SPN said Missingham would speak on the themes of ‘“resilience and recovery” as we begin to contemplate a post-Covid world’.

‘Across the two days, the conference will host a wide range of other speakers, who will deliver presentations on topics such as Women of Colour in publishing, publishing opportunities in South East Asia, metadata best-practice, and a roundtable on the university press sector,’ said SPN in a statement.

The conference will conclude with a ‘state of the industry’ discussion featuring the heads of the Australian Publishing Association, Australian Society of Authors, Australian Booksellers Association and Australian Library and Information Association,

The announcement of the shortlist for the inaugural 2020 Book of the Year Award, replacing SPN’s annual Most Underrated Book Award, will take place on the evening of Thursday, 26 November.

Conference tickets can be booked online, with the full program to be announced shortly.



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