Ahead of this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, here is your chance to see the titles that will be on offer from Australian publishers! See the Australian Publishers Association’s 2023 Australian Frankfurt Rights Catalogue here, and read on through this issue of Think Australian for additional information about the titles Australian publishers are most excited to pitch at the fair in fiction, nonfiction and children’s/YA.
You’ll also find a snapshot report on the Australian market in 2023 so far, and we will introduce you to a new rights agency, share the bestselling Australian titles, highlight the books winning awards in Australia, as well as those that have sold overseas recently, and some that are being adapted for screen—and round up the titles local publishers have acquired recently across fiction, nonfiction and children’s/YA.
Over 30 Australian publishers will be represented at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair—from micro presses to the Australian arms of multi-nationals. Representatives from 16 publishers will appear in person at the Australia stand, a further 10 will appear online via the Australian Publishers Association’s virtual stand, and several other publishers are sending representatives or attending on their own company stands.
The publishers appearing at the Australia stand this year are ATF Press, Exisle, Fin Press, Five Mile, Fremantle Press, Inspiring Publishers/ASPG, Knowledge Books and Software, Melbourne University Publishing, NewSouth, Pantera, Pascal Press, Rockpool, Scribe, Spinifex, Text, and University of Queensland Press. They will be joined at the fair by Australian Publishers Association CEO Michael Gordon-Smith, industry development manager Andrea Hanke and supply chain manager Cat Colwell.
In addition, Allen & Unwin, Australian Scholarly Publishing, EC Press, Hachette, Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing, Magabala Books, Major Street Publishing, Monash University Publishing, Pilyara Press and Sydney University Press will appear on the virtual Australian stand, with some of these publishers also sending representatives to the fair.
Other publishers and agents attending from Australia include Affirm, Black Inc., Bold Type Agency, Era Books, Giramondo, HarperCollins, Jane Novak, Penguin Random House ANZ, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster and Zeitgeist Agency.
The Australia stand will be hosting a stand party to celebrate Australian talent and connect with international colleagues. If you’re at the fair in person, you can find the physical stand at Hall 6.0, Stand B86 and B93. The Australian Stand Party, held in partnership with IPG UK, is on Thursday, 19 October, from 5.30pm.
For more information, you can also check out the 2023 Australian Frankfurt Rights Catalogue and the Australian Publishers Association’s Virtual Australian Collective Stand on the Books From Australia website.
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We hope you enjoy reading, and take the time to ‘think Australian’ when it comes to rights.
—The Books+Publishing team
Think Australian is produced by Books+Publishing, with support from the Australian Publishers Association and Creative Australia.