This is an event from the May 2016 Festival.

Code: W17  |  Type: Workshops   |  Genres: Publishing Industry

Presented with the NSW Writers’ Centre. 

Forest for the Trees is a one-day seminar looking at the current state of publishing in Australia. It brings together writers, publishers and industry representatives to discuss prospects for authors in 2016.

Spoken word poet and author Maxine Beneba Clarke (Foreign Soil) and crime writer Candice Fox (Hades) talk about the challenges of maintaining a career as a writer. Publishers discuss the opportunities for international sales and authors debate the value of independent publishing platforms.

The conversation will cover mainstream, digital and independent publishing and end with a panel of industry experts who will shine some light on the year ahead. Forest for the Trees gives an industry perspective on the outlook for the writing world in 2016.

My Path Through the Forest
(10:00 - 10:45am)
A writer's life entails much more than just getting words on the page. Maxine Beneba Clarke is a slam poet, journalist and the author of the short story collection Foreign Soil. Her memoir, The Hate Race, will be published this year. She takes us through what she has learned so far and her plans for 2016.

Making Tracks
(10:45 - 11:30am)
Maxine Beneba Clarke talks to award-winning crime author Candice Fox (Hades, Eden, Fall) about her experience of getting published, successfully writing crime in Australia, and being asked to co-author a novel with the world’s biggest selling author, James Patterson.

(11:45 - 12:45pm)
Four authors talk about the different platforms they have used to reach their readers. Sarah Gates (Love Elimination) had 9.5 million views of her first novel on online reading platform Wattpad, Rosie Waterland (The Anti-Cool Girl) hooked a book deal after blogging about The Bachelor, Graham Wilson (Old Balmain House) published two series with ebook distributor Smashwords, and Ber Carroll (Once Lost) has been published internationally by a mainstream publisher as well as successfully self-publishing.

Going Further Afield
(12:45 - 1:45pm)
Which Australian works sell internationally and where? How do you get your work sold overseas? What are the opportunities and hurdles? Random House rights manager Nerrilee Weir explores the options with Ira Silverberg, senior editor at Simon & Schuster New York, Katharina Ebinger, editor-in-cheif at German publishing house Gabriel and Thienemann Verlag and Garth Nix, internationally bestselling Australian author.

If a Tree Falls
(2:30 - 3:30pm)
There are many ways beyond the printed or digital word for authors to connect with readers. Our panelists talk audio and how authors can take advantage of this medium: in person, on radio, via podcasts or audiobooks. David Hunt, author of Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia and host of the podcast Rum, Rebels & Ratbags, talks with Ian Walker, executive producer of the ABC’s digital launchpad First Run, Miles Merrill, creative director of Word Travels and organiser of performance poetry events and Matthew Gain, head of Audible Australia and New Zealand, Amazon’s audiobook arm.

Friday 20 May 2016 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
State Library of NSW, Metcalfe Auditorium, Macquarie Street Wing, Macquarie Street, Sydney

Miles Merrill (Australian)

Sydney-based performing writer Miles Merrill brought poetry slams to Australia from Chicago. He is the driving force behind spoken-word in Australia. Miles performed with Saul Williams, jammed with Shane Koyczan, hosted an ABC TV special on poetry slams, wrote and co-directed a Sydney Festival show, performed solo at the Sydney Opera House and created the spoken-word festivals – Night Words and Story Fest. Miles directs the literary arts organisation Word Travels and founded the international performing writers' program, Australian Poetry Slam.

Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent. She is a spoken word performer, and the author of the poetry collections Gil Scott Heron is on Parole and Nothing Here Needs Fixing. Her debut fiction book Foreign Soil won the 2015 ABIA Award for literary fiction, the 2015 Indie Award for debut fiction, and the 2013 Victorian Premiers Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Her memoir The Hate Race and her first children's picture book The Patchwork Bike will be published in late 2016.

Sarah Gates (Australian)

Sarah Gates is a novelist based in Adelaide, South Australia. Her contemporary romance novel, Love Elimination, will be published by Harlequin Australia in 2016. Sarah’s first novel, a young adult fiction, was originally published on Wattpad and now has over 9.6 million views. She has since self-published this work, and now teaches workshops on writing and self-publishing. She is the 2015 recipient of Carclew's Colin Thiele Scholarship for Creative Writing.

Rosie Waterland (Australian)

Other than writing one of the most honest memoirs this decade, Rosie Waterland is a media phenomenon. Only 28 years old, she rose to fame with her laugh-out-loud funny recaps of The Bachelor, which had people clicking onto the Mamamia website in astounding numbers. Richard Glover announced it as 'the best television writing since Clive James'. The Anti Cool Girl is her first book. She also is the host of The Binge, a podcast about television.

Ber Carroll (Australian)

Ber Carroll was born in Blarney, County Cork, and moved to Australia in 1995. Ber has written seven novels. Five of her books were internationally published by mainstream publishers and two, Once Lost and Worlds Apart, were successfully self-published, solidifying Ber’s standing in contemporary fiction. Incidentally, Ber is short for Bernadette (her mother calls her Bernadette when she is in trouble for something). Ber lives a happy trouble-free life in Sydney’s northern beaches with her husband and two children.

Nerrilee Weir (Australian)

Nerrilee Weir has been the Rights Manager at Random House Books, Penguin Random House Australia since 1998, and is responsible for selling rights in both the adult and children’s lists in all markets outside of Australia and New Zealand. Nerrilee handles English language rights sales (North America and the United Kingdom), translation rights sales, and film, television and audio rights. She is involved in the process from the initial pitch through to negotiation of offers, and finalising of contracts.

Garth Nix (Australian)

A full-time writer since 2001, Garth Nix has worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. More than five million copies of Garth’s books have been sold around the world, his books have appeared on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The Guardian and The Australian, and his work has been translated into forty languages.

Katharina Ebinger (International)

In 2001 Katharina Ebinger became editor in chief at Gabriel Verlag, a division of the former Thienemann Verlag GmbH, and became editor in chief of Thienemann Verlag in 2014. For Thienemann she now acquires German and international fiction rights for picture books and young adult titles, and for Gabriel she acquires titles on ethics, philosophy and intercultural topics, both fiction and non-fiction. Recent Australian acquisitions include Toby Riddle (Curtis Brown), Claire Zorn and Steven Herrick (University of Queensland Press).

Ira Silverberg (International)

Ira Silverberg recently joined Simon & Schuster as a Senior Editor where he'll expand the company's program in Literary Fiction. He has been an agent and Foreign Rights Director at both Donadio & Olson, and Sterling Lord Literistic; was the Editor-in-Chief at Grove Press; managed Serpent's Tail's US office where he published both original US titles and oversaw exports from the UK; and was Literature Director at the National Endowment for the Arts. Ira worked with Australian publishers Text and Scribe during his time as an agent.

David Hunt (Australian)

David Hunt is the author of the best-selling Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia, winner of the 2014 Indie Award for non-fiction. David will be releasing a sequel, True Girt, and a children’s picture book, The Nose Pixies, later this year.  David narrated the audiobook version of Girt for Audible Australia and asks you to forgive him for his faux-Chinese accent. He also wrote and co-presented Rum, Rebels & Ratbags, an Australian history podcast project with ABC Radio.

Ian Walker (Australian)

Ian Walker is executive producer of First Run, ABC’s digital-first podcast project. In a media career spanning 35 years, Ian has worked as a newspaper reporter, Triple J newsreader and in various senior editorial roles across different platforms at ABC. He has made award-winning TV documentaries and produced numerous radio features for Radio National. His writing has appeared in magazines, online and in two books. He likes busking with his ukulele, walking the dog and making mix tapes. This is the best job he’s ever had.

Matthew Gain (Australian)

Matthew Gain is responsible for Audible’s operations across Australia and New Zealand. Matthew has worked in PR and marketing roles for brands like Nivea, Samsung, Fitbit, Telstra and Microsoft, and has vast experience creating powerful branded content, which has been underpinned by a healthy passion for technology and storytelling. With a firm belief in the power of the voice to bring stories, ideas and characters to life, Matthew’s favourite audiobook is Matilda by Roald Dahl, narrated by Kate Winslet.

Emmett Stinson (Australian)

Emmett Stinson has worked in the publishing industry in both the US and Australia since 1998. He was a member of the Federal Book Industry Strategy Group created by Senator Kim Carr. He was also a co-founder and former president (2009-13) of the Small Press Network, Australia's only advocacy body for small and independent publishers, where he established the annual Independent Publishing Conference. He is a Lecturer in English at the University of Newcastle.

Zoe Dattner (Australian)

Zoe Dattner is the creative director at Sleepers Publishing and associate publisher at SmartCompany and StartupSmart. She's been involved in the small press sector for 13 years, has been a lecturer in digital publishing, and is keenly interested in the challenges and creative and commercial opportunities arising from the evolving publishing landscape.

T.L. Uglow (Australian)

T.L. Uglow is based in Sydney, Australia and has worked for nearly 10 years at Google’s Creative Lab on experimental projects using Google, Android and YouTube in collaboration with cultural organisations, most recently Editions at Play with Visual Editions. His 2015 TEDx talk now has over 1.2 million views and T.L. writes regularly on digital creativity when not chasing two hyperactive small boys around Sydney’s parks and pools.

Lou Johnson (Australian)

Lou Johnson is the co-Founder of The Author People, which launched in 2015 and is pioneering a new approach to publishing, dedicated to ‘Bringing Authors and People Together’. Lou’s extensive book publishing experience includes senior roles at Random House, Allen & Unwin and Simon & Schuster, where she was Managing Director 2010 – 2014. She also served as Vice-President of the Australian Publishers Association from 2012 – 2014 and was a member of the Book Industry Collaborative Council in 2013. She is currently on the board of The Stella Prize.

Graham Wilson (Australian)

Graham Wilson is a self-published author of nine e-books. They include a memoir about growing up in an Aboriginal community in Arnhem Land and eight novels divided into two series. The first series with three books is a historical fiction family saga titled Old Balmain House. The second series of five books, titled Crocodile Spirit Dreaming, is a murder mystery series set in outback Australia. Graham's books are published on web publishing platforms including Smashwords, Amazon, iBooks and Kobo.



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