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The author next door: Stocking self-published books 

19 March 2019
Kelsey Oldham talks to booksellers about stocking self-published books. Most Australian bookshops acknowledge that stocking self-published books is important—in theory. In practice, however, store policies are often opaque or ad-hoc,...

Jane Curry: What makes a good author? 

19 March 2019
In her first opinion column of the year, Ventura Press founder Jane Curry shares her thoughts on the traits that make a  successful author. Writing is a solitary and fiercely...

Waging battles: Author income in Australia 

19 March 2019
The book industry begins with authors. They toil for hours to release their ideas on the page, but each day they also struggle with making ends meet. Elizabeth Flux looks...

The ASA: The story so far 

19 March 2019
The Australian Society of Authors is the professional association for Australiaʼs authors and illustrators. CEO Juliet Rogers shares some history and future plans of the organisation. Once upon a time,...

Galleys and galleries: The art and design book market 

19 March 2019
Australian art gallery attendance is at an all-time high and BookScan data suggests a correlation between gallery attendance and the sales of illustrated art and design books. Kelsey Oldham explores the...

Unlikely heroes: R W R McDonald on ‘The Nancys’ 

19 March 2019
R W R McDonald’s debut novel The Nancys (A&U in June) was highly commended in the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards unpublished manuscript prize. Reviewer Fiona Hardy spoke to the author...

Editor’s picks: What we’re reading 

19 March 2019
Andrew Wrathall: I enjoyed Claire G Coleman’s style of turning the narrative on its head to make readers see things from another perspective in Terra Nullius (Hachette), so I’m looking...

Karys McEwen: Why you should meet your heroes 

19 March 2019
In her first column for 2019, high school library manager Karys McEwen argues that young people have much to gain from interacting with authors in person—but authors need to be...

Class act: Facilitating in-school author visits 

19 March 2019
An inspiring in-school appearance from an author is often the key to getting kids interested in reading. Andrea Hanke spoke to four speakers’ agencies about facilitating these important interactions. For Victoria-based...

Book bites: Diversify your reading 

19 March 2019
YA specialist and primary school teacher Mischa Parkee shares her top picks for forthcoming children’s titles. I have been positively overwhelmed by the growing number of inclusive and diverse children’s...

Living the fantasy: Lynette Noni’s career path 

14 March 2019
Lynette Noni’s YA fantasy series ‘The Medoran Chronicles’ has cemented her status as one of Australia’s favourite writers. She shares her journey towards becoming a bestselling author. I never wanted...

Australian market overview

28 February 2019
For the past few years the Australian retail book market has been posting marginal growth (‘flat is the new up’ is a common catch-cry). In 2018, Nielsen BookScan reported that...

Podcast spotlight: The Wheeler Centre podcast

12 December 2018
Established in 2010, The Wheeler Centre (TWC) podcast features full recordings of talks hosted in TWC building in Melbourne. TWC senior digital editor Jon Tjhia has been working on the...

Christmas predictions: Louise Pfanner from Gleebooks in Sydney

12 December 2018
In the lead-up to Christmas, the busiest time of year on the bookselling calendar, Books+Publishing is asking booksellers across the country to predict their biggest sellers and ‘surprise sellers’. In this final instalment...

Christmas predictions: Sean Guy from The Bookshop Darwin

7 December 2018
In the lead-up to Christmas, the busiest time of year on the bookselling calendar, Books+Publishing is asking booksellers across the country to predict their biggest sellers and ‘surprise sellers’. In this instalment,...

Christmas predictions: the Hobart Bookshop team

7 December 2018
In the lead-up to Christmas, the busiest time of year on the bookselling calendar, Books+Publishing is asking booksellers across the country to predict their biggest sellers and ‘surprise sellers’. In the this week’s...