Have you ever wondered what it takes to get published? Join our panel of Australian publishing insiders in this session on the nuts and bolts of mainstream publishing, self-publishing, the role of an agent and editor, and the experience from a writer’s perspective. Presenters include publisher Lou Johnson, consultant and editor Kit Carstairs, self-publishing guru Jenny Mosher and literary agent Grace Heifetz. Facilitated by industry expert Angelo Loukakis.

Presented with Varuna, the National Writers’ House.

Supported by the Blue Mountains Library & Cultural Centre.

Lou Johnson (Australian)

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Lou Johnson is a well-known publishing industry figure with over twenty-five years’ publishing experience. This includes senior roles at Random House, Allen & Unwin, Simon & Schuster (where she was Managing Director between 2010–2014), and her current role as Publishing Director at Murdoch Books. In 2015, she launched her own publishing venture, The Author People, as a response to digital disruption. Lou has been joint Vice-President of the Australian Publisher's Association (2012–2014), a member of the Book Industry Collaborative Council, and on the board of The Stella Prize.

Kit Carstairs (Australian)

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Kit Carstairs is the Director of The Manuscript Agency, an organisation established to support authors in the publishing industry. Kit has almost a decade of experience working with a wide variety of content including fiction and general non-fiction, as well as working with corporate and academic content. Having worked both as an in-house editor and a freelance editor in publishing, Kit has a comprehensive understanding of the importance of content development and the need for authors to be proactive in developing manuscripts that represent their full potential.

Jenny Mosher (Australian)

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Jenny Mosher is an author, IPEd-accredited editor and self publishing facilitator who, since 2009, has helped more than 150 Australians achieve their dream of releasing their own book. Former publisher of narratorAUSTRALIA and narratorINTERNATIONAL, she is currently Managing Director of IndieMosh Self Publishing and the book preview site, One Thousand Words Plus.

Grace Heifetz (Australian)

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Literary agent Grace Heifetz grew up between Sydney and the Blue Mountains. She moved to San Francisco in 1997 and worked in restaurant and food PR, with groups such as Slow Food San Francisco and Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Project. After a short stint in London she returned to San Francisco in 2000 and became involved with independent radio producers The Kitchen Sisters. Grace project managed the Peabody Award-winning NPR series Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project. In 2002 she returned to Australia and began working at Curtis Brown.

Angelo Loukakis (Australian)

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Angelo Loukakis is a writer, teacher, scriptwriter, editor and publisher. He is the author of the fiction titles including For the Patriarch, Vernacular Dreams, and The Memory of Tides. His non-fiction works include a book for children, The Greeks, and the book of the SBS television series, Who Do You Think You Are? His collection of short stories, For the Patriarch, was winner of a NSW Premier’s Literary Award. He was Executive Director of the Australian Society of Authors, from 2010 to 2016.