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19 February 2020

Hardie Grant staff to negotiate EBA, Cox to leave Dymocks and more

Hardie Grant staff are going to enter negotiations for an EBA with their employer. Once achieved, it will be the second union-negotiated EBA in Australian publishing history, after PRH staff’s EBA was approved last year.

Steve Cox will step down from his role as Dymocks retail division managing director after eight years in the role. Also making news this week, new stats from the ASA rates tracker show more than half of authors are paid below standard rates for appearances; the first authors have been announced for this year’s NT Writers Festival, with Miranda Tapsell, Trent Dalton and Behrouz Boochani all set to appear in the Top End; and five Australian titles have been selected for a major exhibition on nonfiction picture books, to be held during this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

A rave review in Slate has led to a US book deal for NZ author Elizabeth Knox’s The Absolute Book, while Jen Craig’s Stella-longlisted novella Panthers and the Museum of Fire has also sold to the US, five years after its original publication.

In awards news, Readings announced the shortlist for their seventh annual Children’s Book Prize; Magabala and the Australia Council launched a residency for First Nations writers in Broome; and Boundless festival was honoured at the 2019 Sydney Music, Art & Culture Awards.

Overseas, the full board of the Romance Writers of America has resigned due to an ongoing controversy over bias and transparency, and HarperCollins is creating a new standalone Irish publishing division.

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Representatives from trade publications in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden and China have shared insights with Books+Publishing on how their respective markets fared... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Martin Shaw at Alex Adsett Publishing Services has sold US and Canadian rights to Panthers and the Museum of Fire (Jen Craig, Spineless Wonders) to... Read more
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Bestsellers: Keyes’ ‘Grown Ups’ reaches number one in five countries x

The Australian bestsellers chart has a new number one this week: Irish author Marian Keyes’ first novel since 2017, Grown Ups—which also reached the top... Read more


The Adversary (Ronnie Scott, Hamish Hamilton) x

Ronnie Scott’s debut novel The Adversary is set during what appears to be an uneventful Melbourne summer but actually sees a lot happening to its... Read more
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The specialist nature of bookselling is not recognised in current pay structures

‘Overtime is an overlooked aspect of bookshop work: to be the expert bookseller that employers and customers expect takes a lot of private reading … Yes, it is a pleasure and a privilege to read, but it is also a requirement for the job and a form of specialisation that current pay structures fail to recognise.’—Bookseller, editor and writer Freya Howarth explores the satisfactions, frustrations and emotional labour of retail work.



RiP Sheila Drummond

Literary agent Sheila Drummond of The Drummond Agency has died, aged 80. Drummond was involved in various facets of the publishing industry for almost 50... Read more


RiP Yvette Luciano

Business coach and author Yvette Luciano has died. Luciano is the founder of holistic business school Soulpreneurs and the author of a 2018 book by... Read more


Publishers Weekly x

Books+Publishing is partnering with US trade news magazine Publishers Weekly to provide our subscribers with exclusive access to the weekly digital edition of PW magazine for a... Read more


2020 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards: Entries closing soon

Submit your entry before 28 February 2020!

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards provide national recognition for the exceptional work of Australian authors.

If you published during 2019 you may be eligible to enter in one of the six categories: children’s literature, young adult literature, fiction, poetry, nonfiction and Australian history.

Apply here.




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