Sydney Writers' Festival: Writers & Publishing in 2013

Forest for the Trees

A one-day seminar at Sydney Writers' Festival 2013 looking at the current state of publishing for Australian writers. The seminar brings together writers, publishers, marketers and agents to discuss what is happening in 2013.

Chris Allen thriller writer will take part in an afternoon seminar with other authors who have traversed from self-publishing to stradding the traditional divide.

To book tickets head to the Workshop page on the Sydney Writers' Festival website.

Established writers Emily Maguire and Delia Falconer talk about the challenge of maintaining a career as a writer. Publishers, large and small, will talk about the creative avenues they are using to find and promote authors.

The conversation includes digital and independent publishing, as well as the challenges the industry is now facing. Self-published authors share how they manage being a writer, a publisher and a promoter of their own work.

The day concludes with a case study looking at the creative approach one publisher is taking to promote a debut author. Hear from the writer, agent and author about their unconventional strategy. 

Forest for the Trees gives an industry perspective on where the writing world is in 2013.

My Path Through the Forest
10.00 - 10.45 am
A writer's life entails much more than just getting words on the page. Author and journalist, Emily Maguire, takes us through what she will be doing in 2013.

Staying on the Path
10.45 - 11.30 am
What does it take to get published and maintain a career as a writer? Emily Maguire discusses the winding path that novelist, non-fiction writer and academic, Delia Falconer, took to get her first book published and keep getting published.

Hunting & Gathering - Australian Publishing Now
11.45 am – 12.45 pm
Some publishers are getting very creative in the way they discover and work with their authors. We hear from Australian publishers Haylee Nash (Escape Publishing), Alice Grundy (Giramondo), Shona Martyn (Harper Collins) and Alison Green (Pantera Press).

To Market, To Market
12.45 -1.45 pm
Australian publishers Brett Osmond (Random House), Anne Treasure (Momentum) and Claire Miller (Fremantle Press) speak about how they get the word out about their authors and sell the work.

The Author as Everything - Publisher, Printer & Publicist
2.30 - 3.30 pm
Anna Maguire (digireado) leads a conversation with self-published authors Dionne Lister, Chris Allen and Elisabeth Storrs about how they manage to get their work published, printed and promoted while retaining their creative sprit. 

Exploring Growth - A Case Study
3.30 - 4.30 pm
Momentum is publishing Adina West's novel as a digital serial - experimenting with how best to sell an emerging author’s work. We'll hear from the author, her publisher Joel Naoum and agent Sophie Hamley about how they decided to market this book, what worked, and what they wouldn't do again.

Presented in association with the NSW Writers’ Centre and supported by Pantera Press.

Duration: 6.5 hours