This is an event from the May 2016 Festival.

Code: SR22  |  Type: Panel   |  Genres: Publishing Industry
This expert panel of authors and industry professionals sets about demystifying the opaque world of book publishing. Pick up tips on how to increase your chances of getting noticed and hear about the journeys of authors who have been to the other side (of a publishing contract) and lived to tell the tale. Featuring Robert Watkins, publisher at Hachette, Lex Hirst, commissioning editor at Random House and former co-director of the National Young Writers’ Festival, and author and commentator Rosie Waterland. Facilitated by James Arvanitakis.

Supported by Western Sydney University.

Wednesday 18 May 2016 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Sir Ian and Nancy Turbott Auditorium, Western Sydney University, Parramatta Campus, Room PS-EE.G.36 (Auditorium Wing), Western Sydney University Parramatta (South) Campus, Corner of Victoria Road and James Ruse Drive, Parramatta
Free, no bookings

Robert Watkins (Australian)

Robert Watkins is a publisher of literary fiction and non-fiction at Hachette Australia, and has been working in the Australian book industry for 20 years. Throughout his career he’s worked across sales, marketing and publicity – which has given him a wide perspective on what books have big commercial appeal. Robert has worked with award winners Maxine Beneba Clarke, Inga Simpson and Steven Amsterdam alongside bestsellers William McInnes and Julie Goodwin.

Lex Hirst (Australian)

Lex Hirst is an editor at Penguin Random House, working across titles on Random House's print and digital lists, from memoir to true crime to literary fiction. She is on the committee of the Sydney Arts Management Advisory Group (SAMAG) and in 2014-15 she  co-directed the National Young Writers' Festival. She has moderated and spoken on panels at The Emerging Writers' Festival, Giant Dwarf, The NSW Writers' Centre, Noted Festival, The Australian Society of Authors Conference and the Romance Writers of Australia Conference. In between she reads as much as she can, usually at the beach, preferably with a margarita in hand.

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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.

James Arvanitakis (Australian)

James Arvanitakis is a Professor in the Humanities at Western Sydney University and the Dean of the Graduate Research School. He is also a member of the University’s Institute for Cultural and Society. In 2012, he was awarded the Prime Minister’s University Teacher of the Year and in 2015 named an Eminent Scholar by the Australian India Education Council. He is the author of Contemporary Society: A Sociological Analysis of Everyday Life and is the resident sociologist on Sydney's FBI Radio.



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