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APA Indies Roadshow adds children’s/YA presentation

The Australian Publishers Association (APA) will run its Indies Roadshow online again this year, on Wednesday, 29 September at 4.30pm AEST, following the inaugural virtual event held in response to the pandemic in 2020.

In its second year, the event will include a separate children’s and YA presentation ahead of the adult title presentations.

‘The structure and features of this year’s event is heavily influenced by our pilot virtual roadshow last year,’ the APA’s Patrizia Di Biase-Dyson told Books+Publishing. ‘Our live audience asked for a separate kids/YA presentation … and also a clearer showcasing of the key bibliographic information.’

Next week’s free event will feature independent publishers Affirm Press, Australian Scholarly Publishing, Big Sky Publishing, Black Inc., Fremantle Press, Giramondo, Hawkeye Publishing, Interactive Publications, Magabala Books, Major Street Publishing, MelbourneStyle Books, NewSouth Books, Pantera Press, Scribe, Spinifex, Text, Upswell, UQP, Wakefield Press, Wild Dingo Press and Yellow Brick Books. Together, the publishers will showcase more than 60 titles, with each presenting up to four titles from their lists publishing for Christmas and in early 2022.

Announcing the event, the APA said independent publishers were ‘heading into a difficult and uncertain Christmas’, and acknowledged that dramatic changes in shopping habits ‘have made the past 18 months challenging for publishers and booksellers alike’.

‘With ongoing lockdowns in place across Australia there’s obviously much uncertainty around retail as we lead into Christmas,’ said Affirm sales and marketing manager Keiran Rogers, a member of the APA’s Independent Publishing Committee, which initiated the event. ‘Digital discovery of new books will be more important than ever this year, and consequently opportunities like the Indies Roadshow 2021 should be cherished.’

For more information and to register for the virtual Indies Roadshow, click here. The event will remain on YouTube, available to view for free, following its conclusion on Wednesday evening.


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