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13 July 2022

Last chance to complete our 2022 employment survey

Books+Publishing‘s 2022 employment surveys will close at midnight tonight, Friday, 15 July. If you are currently employed by a company in the book industry (e.g. publisher, bookshop, rights... Read more
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Byron Writers Festival full 2022 program announced

Byron Writers Festival, Australia’s largest regional writers festival, has announced the full line-up for its 2022 event, which runs 26–28 August. After a two-year hiatus... Read more

McHardy leaves Booktopia x

Franscois McHardy has left his position as head of publishing at Booktopia after three years in the role, and will be lecturing next semester in... Read more
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FedEx to manage all UBD new releases x

United Book Distrbutors (UBD) has announced that from next month all its new release deliveries will be managed by FedEx (TNT). The distributor said that,... Read more

Speech Pathology book awards shortlist, Aus publishers to attend Frankfurt in person, Rimmer buys Collins Orange x

Australian publishers will be attending this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair in person, with publishers either taking part in the Australian Publishers Association stand or attending independently.

In bookshop news, author Kelly Rimmer has purchased Collins Booksellers Orange, NSW from founders Phillip and Margaret Schwebel, and the Fair Work Commission has approved the enterprise bargaining agreement between staff and owners at Better Dead Than Read.

The shortlists for the Speech Pathology Australia book awards and Wilderness Society Environment award have been announced. Meanwhile, Writers Victoria has revealed the 2022 Writeability fellows, Griffith Review has announced the winners of its second annual emerging voices competition, and Kill Your Darling has launched a new prize for creative nonfiction essays.

Book sales in the US were down 6.6% year-on-year for the first half of 2022; meanwhile, the European Parliament passed the Digital Services Act, which includes a measure for European Union nations to battle digital piracy and other crimes. In the UK, Ingram is set to become a wholesaler, and the shortlist for the Arthur C Clarke Award has been announced.

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Who is #BookTok-ing in Australia, and how x

Around the world, publishers are attracting new readers and experiencing increased sales via the #BookTok hashtag on TikTok—but what about here? Jo Case looks at... Read more


Six key ingredients for BookTok success x

With growth of #BookTok-recommended titles phenomenally outstripping the wider adult fiction market, publishers are keen to harness the platform and booksellers must keep an eye... Read more


Tracey Lien on ‘All That’s Left Unsaid’ x

Tracey Lien’s debut novel All That’s Left Unsaid (HQ Fiction, September) blends a murder-mystery with a ‘raw and honest’ exploration of the Vietnamese-Australian experience in the late... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Nonfiction Black Inc. has sold UK and Commonwealth (ex ANZ, India and Canada) rights to The Shortest History of the World (David Baker) to... Read more


New Robotham thriller debuts at number three x

Top 10 bestsellers                  Where the Crawdads Sing (Delia Owens, Corsair) Pig the Rebel (Aaron Blabey, Scholastic) Lying Beside You (Michael Robotham, Hachette) It Ends... Read more


All That’s Left Unsaid (Tracey Lien, HQ Fiction, September) x

Brutally murdered inside a restaurant on the night of his high-school graduation, Ky Tran’s brother, Denny, has suffered a ‘bad death’. It is 1996, and... Read more


Seeing Other People (Diana Reid, Ultimo, October) x

Eleanor and Charlie are sisters in their 20s, emerging from the pandemic and trying to decide what they want from their lives. Intellectual, straitlaced Eleanor... Read more


The Sun Walks Down (Fiona McFarlane, A&U, October) x

Fiona McFarlane’s debut novel The Night Guest and short story collection The High Places received critical acclaim. Now teaching creative writing at the University of... Read more


Try Not to Think of a Pink Elephant: Stories about OCD (Martin Ingle, Dani Leever, Patrick Marlborough, Katharine Pollock & Sienna Rose Scully, Fremantle Press, October) x

Mental illness is so misunderstood—often even by those of us who live with it—but obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) gets an odd deal. The phrase ‘a... Read more


11 Words for Love (Randa Abdel-Fattah, illus by Maxine Beneba Clarke, Lothian, October) x

Multi–award winning author Randa Abdel-Fattah and highly acclaimed author–illustrator Maxine Beneba Clarke unite with 11 Words for Love, a beautifully rendered, timely picture book created... Read more


The Jammer (Nova Weetman, UQP, October) x

Fred has roller derby in her blood. As soon as she could walk, her mum had her skating. It was their thing—and a place where... Read more


The Upwelling (Lystra Rose, Lothian, September) x

Kirra doesn’t understand how or why, but her dreams come true. And no one believes her, not even Nan, who told Kirra to never mention... Read more


Vale Suzanne Bellamy

Artist, writer and scholar Suzanne Bellamy died on 20 June in Braidwood, NSW. Spinifex Press publisher Susan Hawthorne writes: Spinifex Press is saddened by the... Read more


Vale Jean Ferguson

Book industry leader Jean Ferguson OAM passed away aged 90 on Sunday, July 3. Angus Dalton, Ferguson’s grandson, writes: ‘If you are looking for a... Read more


Read the latest 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.... Read more

Wan to join Pantera x

LinLi Wan, previously literary assistant at Alex Adsett Literary, will join Pantera Press in the newly created position of trainee editor, starting 25 July.

APA staff changes x

Australian Publishers Association (APA) technical business support analyst Mitchell Murphy has left the organisation. Ashleigh Cuthill has joined the APA as administration and exports officer,... Read more


Submit your books for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation’s Book Supply program now

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) is calling on publishers big and small to submit their titles to be considered for ILF’s 2023 Book Supply packs. ILF’s Book Supply program provides new, culturally relevant books to remote Indigenous communities where access to books is scarce. To meet the growing interest and requests, the ILF aims to supply over 120,000 books to remote communities in 2023.

Book Supply packs are carefully chosen by a selection committee made up of book industry and First Nations representatives. Book Supply packs are designed and assembled for the following age groups: kids (0–3 years), kids (4–7 years), big kids (8–12 years) and community (13+ years).

In 2022, over 50% of books in the Book Supply packs feature Indigenous authors and illustrators, providing vital representation and recognition for First Nations stories and cultures.

The closing date for submissions is 27 July 2022.

For more information on the selection criteria and the submission process please contact or call ILF on 02 9280 0644 and ask for Brad.

Please feel free to share this email with people in your publishing networks. The more publishers we reach, the greater likelihood we will secure the best possible selection of titles for our 2023 Book Supply packs.


UBD new release freight change

Through the first half of this year we have continually assessed our freight model and been reviewing our options, to ensure we are comfortable moving into the back end of the year and beyond. Unfortunately we do not believe that our new release deliveries are meeting the service levels we require.

FedEx (TNT) have been outstanding over the last eight months and remain a key part of our delivery service, in addition to their current work they will now manage all new release deliveries, commencing with the first release of August.

FedEx have industry-leading track and trace technology, one of the biggest national networks of trucks and drivers, a large customer service team and are committed to leading the way when it comes to sustainable freight practices.

We are determined to minimise any disruptions in the supply chain and believe this change will stand us all in good stead.


Applications opening soon for Heyman Mentorship Award in partnership with HarperCollins

Kathryn Heyman, founder of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program, has teamed up with Catherine Milne of HarperCollins to offer the 2022 Kathryn Heyman Mentorship Award for a writer from a background of social and economic disadvantage.

The successful writer will be mentored by Kathryn Heyman, under the auspices of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program, for 12 months. At the conclusion of the mentoring program, the writer will receive a full read and editorial report from HarperCollins.

Author Sienna Brown writes, ‘Kathryn is a highly skilled, brilliant and dynamic mentor … This was mentoring at its best.’

Writers who have emerged from the Australian Writers Mentoring Program include Ned Kelly Award nominee Rae Cairns (The Good Mother) and Pip Williams, author of Reese Witherspoon’s pick The Dictionary of Lost Words.

Applications open on 20 July and close at 3pm on 20 September 2022. Find more information here.




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