Looking for opportunities to meet Australian publishers face-to-face? A number of Australian publishers and literary agents will attend this year’s China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair in November after receiving funding from the Australia Council. So if you’re heading to Shanghai be sure to look up literary agent Jacinta di Mase, Berbay Publishing MD Alexandra Yatomi-Clarke and rights managers Sarah Brooks (Hachette), Elizabeth O’Donnell (HarperCollins) and Claire Pretyman (Scholastic).
Another opportunity to meet Australian publishers is through the popular Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) program, which brings international publishers and literary agents to Sydney each year to participate in one-on-one meetings and networking events. Since its inception in 1998, the VIPs program has welcomed 250 international guests from 28 countries, with more than 300 Australian titles sold into overseas markets through the program. One of the latest is 13-year-old Australian slam poet Solli Raphael’s debut book Limelight, which has been picked up by Andrews McMeel Universal in the US (see Rights).