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5 October 2022


Text acquires Neill memoir x

Text Publishing has acquired world rights to the memoir Did I Ever Tell You This? by actor Sam Neill. Born in Northern Ireland in 1947,... Read more
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Forthcoming debut ‘The Wakes’ to be adapted for TV x

Television rights to forthcoming debut novel The Wakes by Sydney author Dianne Yarwood (Hachette, March) have been acquired by production company Made Up Stories and... Read more


Text acquires story collection, novels by Boundless mentees x

Text has acquired two books by John Morrissey and a historical novel by Lenora Thaker, the winners of Text and Writing NSW’s Boundless Indigenous Writer’s... Read more
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Horrocks departs Text x

After 10 years in the book industry and over seven years at Text Publishing, senior designer Jessica Horrocks has departed the role for a position... Read more

National Book Award Finalists announced

In the US, the finalists for the 2022 National Book Awards have been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Fiction The Rabbit Hutch (Tess Gunty, Knopf)... Read more
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IPEd to develop diversity policy, Robinson joins ILF, Australian Political Book of the Year longlist x

The Institute of Professional Editors is developing a diversity, equity and inclusion policy as findings from the 2022 Australian Publishing Industry Workforce Survey on Diversity and Inclusion show lack of diversity within the industry; Nicola Robinson has been appointed to the role of publishing manager at the Indigenous Literacy Foundation; and the longlist for the inaugural Australian Political Book of the Year has been announced.

In other awards news, S L Lim has won the 2022 Barbara Jefferis Award; Subhash Jaireith has won the 2021 ACT Book of the Year; and the shortlist for the 2022 Ampersand Prize for unpublished young adult and middle-grade manuscripts has been announced.

In the US, authors have accused publishers of undermining libraries, and Amazon will shorten the Kindle ebook returns window. The shortlist for the Royal Society 2022 Science Book Prize has been announced in the UK, and Walker Books has reported its worldwide operating profit grew 30% in 2021.



Louise Wolhunter on ‘An Afterlife for Rosemary Lamb’

Perth-based author Louise Wolhunter started making notes for her debut novel in 1996; in December 2022 An Afterlife for Rosemary Lamb will be published by... Read more


Rights round-up x

Sales Fiction Affirm Press has sold Ukrainian rights to The Dictionary of Lost Words (Pip Williams) to The Old Lion Publishing House.  Giramondo Publishing has... Read more


McTiernan tops Nielsen ebooks chart x

Its popularity in both print and ebook formats has put It Ends with Us (Colleen Hoover) at the top of Nielsen BookScan’s first publicly released... Read more


New Harper debuts at number one x

Top 10 bestsellers Exiles (Jane Harper, Macmillan) The 156-Storey Treehouse (Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan) The Bullet That Missed (Richard Osman, Viking) Where the... Read more


An Afterlife for Rosemary Lamb (Louise Wolhuter, Ultimo) x

‘Twisty mystery’ is the delightfully accurate descriptor on the AI sheet for this character-based drama. Yet before its mysterious elements begin unspooling, the characters and... Read more


Sydney: A biography (Louis Nowra, NewSouth) x

Melbourne-born Louis Nowra moved to Sydney as an adult and has never lost his passion for his adopted home. Whether he’s describing the city’s mercurial... 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

Applications open for Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship

Applications are now open for the 2023 Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship (BDEF).

Established in 1998, the Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship is a biennial program that enables an editor to undertake an international research project to garner knowledge and expertise that could enhance Australian trade publishing. The fellowship is an initiative of the Australian Publishers Association’s (APA) Trade Publishers Committee, and receives funding support from the Australia Council for the Arts.

The application process will close on 15 November. For more information on how to apply, visit the BDEF pages on the APA website.


Text acquires books by Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship winners 2023 mentorship open for entries

Text Publishing is delighted to announce the acquisition of books by John Morrissey and Lenora Thaker, winners of the Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship in 2020 and 2021.

John Morrissey was mentored by Miles Franklin Literary Award-winning Noongar writer Kim Scott. Text acquired Morrissey’s work in a two-book deal and will publish his short-story collection in 2023, with a novel to follow.
Lenora Thaker, the first Torres Strait Islander writer to win the mentorship, was mentored by award-winning Burruberongal writer Julie Janson. Text will publish Thaker’s historical novel in 2024.

The Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship is a joint initiative between Text Publishing and Writing NSW, with support from the First Nations Australia Writers Network (FNAWN) and Booktopia. Submissions for the 2023 mentorship are now open. For details, visit the Writing NSW website.


The Careless State: Reforming Australia’s social services

The lives of all Australians are affected by the quality of social services available, but a long list of royal commissions and public inquiries have... Read more

Illusions of Certainty: Thoughts about thinking

This book condemns the certainties which pervade Western society, whether about innate rights, ethics or societal behavior, for a close examination of our powers of... Read more



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