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Fri 4 March 2011


Standard: $72.50
Friends: $64
Students: $55

Perth Writers Festival Presenting Partner

University of Western Australia

Supported By

The West Australian

Australia Council for the Arts
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

McCusker Charitable Foundation

720 ABC Perth


Indigenous Program Partner


The A-Z of Getting Published

Dive into a day-long seminar designed to teach you all that’s involved in getting published, from landing an agent, working with editors, finding a publisher, preparing a book for publication and hitting the publicity trail. Contributors include Random House Publisher Meredith Curnow, Senior Editor at Text publishing Mandy Brett, Director of UWA Publishing Terri-ann White and agent Lyn Tranter.

Welcome by Danielle Benda, Program Manager of Perth Writers Festival
Introduction of Angela Meyer, MC and Chair for the day

10–11.30am Part I: Where do you start?
For many budding writers, it can seem an almost impossible mission to negotiate the labyrinth of publishers, agents and editors to successfully get to print.
Three industry professionals give an overview of Australian publishing:

Meredith Curnow is Publisher of Vintage and Knopf at Random House in Australia. She gives an overview of the publishing environment in Australia. What is a big publishing house such as Random House looking for? What are the general industry trends? What likelihood is there of an unsolicited manuscript getting a reading?

Mandy Brett, Senior Editor from Text Publishing, explains the difference the right publisher can make to the success of a book. She tells us what Text specialises in and speaks about how a publisher works with an author to help mould and shape their work. Mandy has worked closely with Perth Writers Festival authors Toni Jordan, Stephen Daisley and Adrian Hyland.

Clive Newman, Foreign Rights Manager at Fremantle Press, illuminates the publishing scene in Perth. Fremantle Press has built a very strong reputation as a small press that publishes a diverse range of books. How does the company fit into the fabric of Australian publishing? How do they select first-time writers for publication and what specific approach do they take to introduce them to the market in Australia and overseas? Oh, and what about eBooks – how should authors feel about being published online?

11.30am–12.00pm Morning Tea

12.00–1.30pm Part II: Getting your manuscript ready and finding an agent
John Harman is a professional writer and novelist who works as a Creative Writing teacher and manuscript consultant. He has helped guide writers as a mentor for the former State Literature Centre and for the Australian Society of Authors. He talks about when manuscript assessment is useful, when it is not and what to look for in an assessor.

Lyn Tranter from Australian Literary Management is one of Australia’s foremost literary agents. Many publishers do not accept unsolicited manuscripts; so before you get a publisher, the first step is to find an agent. Lyn explains what an agent does and how an agent can help you develop your manuscript and identify a publisher who might be interested in your work. She also speaks about the sort of writers and manuscripts that interest her. What is an agent’s role after a publisher has accepted a work?

1.30–2.30pm Lunch Break

2.30–4pm Part III: And now the fun really starts
Terri-ann White
from UWA publishing takes us through the publishing process, from go to whoa. What actually happens to your precious work? Who looks at it? Who selects an editor and what changes will be made and why? How is a cover selected? Who decides the format (hardback/paperback)? Who sets the price? How much will you (the author) actually get in your pocket?

Amanda Curtin is a freelance book editor who published her first novel, The Sinkings, in 2008. She talks about the process of editing, what an editor actually does and why what she does is so essential. She also reveals her experiences on the ‘other side’ of the process, when her book was edited for publication.

Emma Morris is a publicist with Scribe. She speaks about what an author might be expected to do in terms of selling their book after publication. What is involved in hitting the publicity trail? Can you get media training? How available to the press do you have to be? How do you reconcile the (often reclusive) life of the author with the need to talk to people about your work?

Please note: lunch and morning tea are not provided. Refreshments will be available at the University Club Café.

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Festival Tent, Perth Writers Precinct, UWA

All Perth Writers Festival events are at The University of Westerrn Australia, 35 Crawley Avenue, Crawley.

An information booth is located on Riley Oval to assist you with any queries during the Festial. If you need assistance at any time, please ask one of our many friendly volunteers wearing Festival t-shirts.

All Perth Writers Festival venues are wheelchair accessible.

Mention Entrees and Encores when making your booking and arriving at some of the City's premier bars and restaurants and extend your night beyond the show. Be it an entrée or encore, these venues offer special Festival deals for $30 to keep the night alive.

The University Club of Western Australia

The Univesity Club of Western Australia
Club Café and Bar
UWA Hackett Entrance # 1, Hackett Drive, Crawley
P 08 6488 4805
Open Mon – Fri 7:30am to 7:30pm; Sat 7:30am to 5:30pm

The University Club Restaurant
UWA Hackett Entrance # 1, Hackett Drive, Crawley
P 08 6488 8770 (Bookings Essential)
Open Wed–Sat 6pm to late
Available at both University Club Café and Bar or the Club Restaurant
Forest mushroom & fontina risotto, broccolini tempura, radicchio & lemon
Pappardelle pasta, baby spinach & dried tomatoes, goat’s cheese, basil & white wine pesto
Pan fried salmon fillet, shaved pear, rocket & hazelnut salad, fresh lime & aioli fries 
With a glass of selected wine

The Byrneleigh The Byrneleigh
156 Hampden Road, Nedlands
P 08 6162 2722
Open daily 7am to late
A choice of beef, fish or chicken and a glass of house wine
Kitsch Kitsch
229 Oxford Street, Leederville
P 08 9242 1229
Tues 5pm to 10:30pm; Wed – Sat 5pm to Midnight; Closed Sun
Prawn Crackers, Corn Fritters, Papaya Salad, and a glass of house wine
The Brisbane The Brisbane Hotel
292 Beaufort Street, Highgate
P 08 9227 2300
Open Mon – Sat 11:30am to late; Sun 11:30am to 10pm
Choose any pizza on the menu with a glass of wine or a large beer

Bookings may be required, mention Entrees & Encores when making your reservation or order.