'I have had the honour of overseeing the publication of Books+Publishing (B+P) for the past 12 years, during which time I have worked with a group of talented and passionate industry professionals, most of whom remain member and supporters of the B+P family. I am not a publisher, merely an individual who has enjoyed a wonderful professional career within the publishing community of Australia and New Zealand. The opportunity to bring B+P home to local ownership presented an irresistible challenge and is a labour of love.' (Gary Pengelly, Editorial introduction)
Includes brief reviews of :
My Book (Not Yours)
Contents indexed selectively.
'After disruptions at Melbourne University Publishing (MUP) and a glut of mainstream media coverage about the state of scholarly publishing in Australia, Sarah Farquharson spoke to the country’s other university presses about how they navigate the line between trade and scholarly publishing.' (Publication abstract)
'Are we entering a growth period for international rights sales of Indigenous-authored books for young people? Sarah Farquharson reports.'
In her first opinion column of the year, Ventura Press founder Jane Curry shares her thoughts on the traits that make a successful author.'
'In her first column for 2019, high school library manager Karys McEwen argues that young people have much to gain from interacting with authors in person—but authors need to be supported.'
'Events manager Vicky Tosh shares the joys and hiccups of managing author events at Brisbane’s Riverbend Books.'
'The book industry begins with authors. They toil for hours to release their ideas on the page, but each day they also struggle with making ends meet. Elizabeth Flux looks at author income.'
'How does winning an unpublished manuscript prize affect the careers of debut authors? Jackie Tang talks to two recent winners.'
An inspiring in-school appearance from an author is often the key to getting kids interested in reading. Andrea Hanke spoke to four speakers’ agencies about facilitating these important interactions.'
'The Australian Society of Authors is the professional association for Australiaʼs authors and illustrators. CEO Juliet Rogers shares some history and future plans of the organisation.'
'Aunty Joy Murphy, Andrew Kelly and Lisa Kennedy’s picture book Wilam: A Birrarung Story (Black Dog, April) follows Bunjil (wedge-tailed eagle) as he travels along Birrarung (Yarra River) to the sea. Reviewer Karen Wyld spoke to illustrator Lisa Kennedy and co-writer Andrew Kelly about collaborating on the book.'
'Helena Fox’s YA debut How it Feels to Float (Pan, May) is a ‘perfect, surreal exploration of mental illness and grief’, writes reviewer Bec Kavanagh. She spoke to the author.'
'Australian art gallery attendance is at an all-time high and BookScan data suggests a correlation between gallery attendance and the sales of illustrated art and design books. Kelsey Oldham explores the market.'
'Kelsey Oldham talks to booksellers about stocking self-published books.'
R W R McDonald's debut novel The Nancys was highly commended in the 2017 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards unpublished manuscript prize. Reviewer Fiona Hardy spoke to the author about small-town mysteries, new perspectives - and Nancy Drew.
'Melanie Cheng’s debut novel Room for a Stranger (Text, May) follows the unlikely friendship between an elderly Australian woman and an international student from Hong Kong. Reviewer Carody Culver spoke to the author.' (Introduction)