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Inside the Publishing House 2022

UPDATE: Inside the Publishing House 2022 is now sold out. Thank you to our wonderful community for your enthusiasm!

On Friday 4 November, EWF is teaming up with Hachette Australia for a unique virtual event that takes you behind the scenes at one of Australia’s biggest and brightest publishing houses.

Places are limited so book your tickets today!


Inside the Publishing House is a live event, hosted via Zoom on Friday 4 November from 10am – 4pm AEDT.

EWF will send the Zoom links out to ticketholders approximately one hour before the event start time. Please check your email (including that pesky junk email folder). Ticket sales will cease one hour prior to the event start time.

You can download Zoom for free here.

Inside the Publishing House is a live online event and must be attended in person at the scheduled time. It will not be recorded or available to watch after the event has taken place.


Please note that all times are listed in AEDT

10am: Welcome 
Kick off the day with a warm welcome and a bit of housekeeping from Hachette and EWF, as we outline the program and help get you settled in for the day ahead.

With: Louise Stark (CEO, Hachette Australia), Ruby-Rose Pivet-Marsh (Artistic Director, Emerging Writers’ Festival)

10.15am: Behind the Scenes

Step foot inside the publishing house, meet the people inside and uncover what they do! Meet members of the Hachette team from across editorial, sales, marketing and more. In this session, you’ll find out all about what goes into getting a book out there. Hear from the people who make it all happen. Includes time for questions.

With: Vanessa Radnidge (Head of Literary) in discussion with Lillian Kovats (Sales Director), Isabel Staas (Production and Audio Manager), Ailie Springall (Senior Publicist), Kirstin Corcoran (Campaign Manager) and Stacey Clair (Editor).

11-11.15am: Break

11.15am: Demystifying the Publication Process

So, you have finished your manuscript – what now? Join Hachette authors Victoria Hannan (Kokomo) and Allee Richards (Small Joys of Real Life), along with and Hachette’s Head of Narrative Non-Fiction and Literary, Vanessa Radnidge, to hear all about what comes after you have finished writing. From getting your book in front of the right people, to getting it into the hands of your readers, this session will give you invaluable insight into an otherwise illusive process. Bring your questions for the panel.

With: Victoria Hannan (Kokomo, Marshmallow), Allee Richards (Small Joys of Real Life) & Vanessa Radnidge, (Head of Literary).

12pm: Lunch

12.45pm: Pitch Perfect
Ahead of the afternoon’s pitching sessions, whip your pitch into shape with a pitching masterclass with Hachette Non-fiction Publisher Sophie Hamley. Find out the must-haves for a successful pitch and the pitching pitfalls to avoid. In a specially designed workshop, Sophie will run through the mechanics of pitching and pitch documents, with all your questions answered along the way. This masterclass will give you an incredible opportunity to work on your pitch under the guidance of an industry leader, including bespoke advice, instruction and insights. Includes 15-minute Q&A at the end.

With: Sophie Hamley (Non-Fiction Publisher)

1.30-1.45pm: Break

1.45pm: What Publishers Want

What are the insider tips and tricks that will make it more likely that a publisher will read your manuscript? What little thing might just be what snags you a book deal? What are publishers looking for when they acquire a manuscript? How do you pitch your book and yourself effectively? This session will cover just what these publishers want! Includes Q&A at the end.

With: Emma Rafferty (Editorial Manager) in discussion with Jeanmarie Morosin (Head of Childrens Publishing), Rebecca Saunders (Head of Fiction) and Scott Henderson (Senior Non-Fiction Publisher).

2.15-2.45pm: Break

2.45pm Pitch Time! Sessions

The time has come – this session is your chance to put what you’ve learned into practice and pitch your manuscript to the Hachette team! Publishers are always on the lookout for new and exciting voices, so here’s your chance to show them yours. The Hachette team will be hearing your 5-minute lives pitches as a professional development exercise with the potential to be much, much more!

With: Fiona Hazard (Group Publishing Director), Sophie Hamley (Non-Fiction Publisher), Vanessa Radnidge (Head of Literary), Scott Henderson (Senior Non-Fiction Publisher) and Rebecca Saunders (Head of Fiction).

Notes for pitching your manuscript:

Please keep in mind that these pitching sessions are intended as a professional development opportunity. We encourage you to have a go at pitching your manuscript and to ask questions. By registering for a Pitch Time! session, you agree to be randomly assigned a 5-minute time-slot and a Hachette publisher or editor to pitch to. We will send some more information about the pitching sessions before the event.

4pm: Inside the Publishing House concludes

If you have any questions, please check our FAQs or email [email protected].


We are committed to making Inside the Publishing House an accessible and welcoming experience for all. Click here to visit out FAQs page, which contains extra information about how to access this digital event.

This program is proudly supported by:

Friday 4 November
10am-4pm AEDT

$50 full / $40 conc

Book tickets

Purchase an Inside the Publishing House ticket to enjoy the full day of industry insights PLUS the bonus opportunity to pitch your manuscript to a Hachette publisher or editor.

Got questions? Check out the FAQs page here.

Online, via Zoom