Over the past week, two industry figures have announced new publishing projects: former bookseller and Penguin Books product manager Katherine Larsen has established YA publisher Debut Books, and Learning Discovery CEO James Layton has launched children’s book publisher Larrikin House.
‘We writers give far more to the economy and society and our culture than we ever take back. We are not looking for patronage or political favours, we are simply seeking a fair go. We are not elites. We are not chardonnay-sipping socialists. We are writers. We are creators. We are storytellers. And we have been forgotten.’—In his written submission to theparliamentary inquiry into Australia’s creative and cultural industries and institutions, crime author Michael Robotham says the federal government’s slow withdrawal of financial support for writers is political.
With two days of programming, it will cover a variety of topics, including Women of Colour in publishing and metadata best-practices, with a keynote on resilience and recovery in book publishing post-Covid. The conference will also include the shortlist announcement for the SPN’s inaugural Book of the Year Award, which can be booked separately, for free.
Deep discounts are available for SPN members, students and the unwaged.
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