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Literary speed dating results in potential publishing offers

2 June 2022

A recent Australian Society of Authors (ASA) literary speed dating event, whereby prospective authors pitched ideas to Australian publishers or literary agents, yielded an impressive success rate. Nearly forty-one percent of writers were “matched”, about one hundred and eighty from a field of four hundred and forty three, saw interest in their ideas.

Over two days the ASA hosted our largest event yet, with 16 publishers and 7 agents, facilitating 443 pitches from members across Australia. We are delighted to share that of these pitches, 40.41% received an expression of interest from a publisher or agent!

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Publishing trends emerging from the 2022 London Bookfair

16 April 2022

Sarah Shaffi, writing for The Guardian, identifies five publishing trends to emerge from the 2022 London Bookfair, which ran from 5 to 7 April 2022.

  • More books written by celebrities can be expected
  • There will be increased interest in books relating to Ukraine
  • Books based on Greek Myths, with a modern re-telling, will remain popular
  • More novels will feature women who are threatened or in peril
  • A more topical range of self-help books, for a troubled world, will be published

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Virtual Literary Speed Dating 2022

21 March 2022

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) is hosting several virtual literary speed dating events this year for its members. Prospective authors will be given three minutes to pitch their completed manuscript to local literary agents and publishers, at online events in May, and then again a few months later.

Canberra based Australian author Shelley Burr is a literary speed dating success story, having found a publisher for her debut novel Wake, at an event in December 2020. Here’s speed dating that’s worth participating in.

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The impact of COVID lockdowns on new authors

7 February 2022

Newly published authors are among those whose livelihoods have been impacted by the COVID lockdowns of the last two years, writes Mark Rubbo, managing director of independent Australian book retailer Readings. Bookshop exposure is integral in building an author’s profile, and is something many new authors have missed out on recently, with people staying at home because of restrictions imposed as a result of the pandemic.

For most first-time authors, exposure in bookshops is very important in establishing a market for a book, be it a chance encounter, a recommendation or a purchase triggered by some form of publicity. If the book is any good, then word of mouth builds a more sustainable demand. Many of the books released in the past two years risk becoming Covid orphans.

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Tips for getting published and finding a literary agent

19 January 2022

Sydney based literary agent Jacinta Di Mase talks with Dani Vee and Adrian Beck on the Publishing Insider podcast, and shares tips and advice to prospective authors for finding a literary agent, and getting work published.

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Jenny Hewson, literary agent, talks contracts, rejection, and writer’s voice

4 January 2022

London based literary agent Jenny Hewson spoke to Jemma Birrell in late 2020 as part of the Tablo Publishing Secret Life of Writers podcast series. Topics discussed included contracts, rejection, and writer’s voice, a pivotal aspect of the writing process, but one that can be overlooked.

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