Inside the Publishing House

This unique event will take you inside – literally inside – one of Australia’s biggest and brightest publishing houses. Through the day you will have the chance to explore the career of several leading authors, editors and publishers – gaining invaluable insight into the editorial process – to help you on the path to publication.

Proudly supported by Hachette Australia

11.00am         What Publishers Wish You Knew

You’ve done the hard yards and completed your manuscript, but what’s next? Before you can convince a publisher to buy your manuscript, you’ll have to get them to read it in the first place. This session brings together publishers at Hachette to discuss how they best like work pitched to them. You’ll get an insight into what they’re looking for, hear their perspectives on new work and how to best present your work.

With Robert Watkins (Head of Literary), Sophie Hamley (Non Fiction Publisher) and Vanessa Radnidge (Head of Non Fiction)

11.45am       Unpacking Acquisitions

So you’ve successfully pitched your book to a commissioning editor, what next? It’s not just your pitch that matters – from the editors pitching it at the acquisitions meeting, to how sales, marketing and publicity will pitch a book to booksellers and readers – this session will take you through the next steps in publishing a manuscript, demystifying the acquisitions process along the way.

With Robert Watkins (Head of Literary), Brigid Mullane (Managing Editor) and Emma Dorph (Rights and Licencing Manager)

12.15 Lunch

12.45 Workshop: Pitch Perfect

Ahead of the afternoon’s pitching session, whip your pitch into shape with the help of Hachette Publisher Robert Watkins. What’s unique about your book? Why should publishers read it? What is the best way to structure a synopsis? This session will break down the practical side of getting your manuscript in front of publishers and getting them to read it.

With Robert Watkins (Head of Literary)

1.45pm Pathway to Publication Case Study

with Richell Prize winning novelist, Sam Coley. Sam won the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers in 2017 with his manuscript for his debut novel, State Highway One. His manuscript stood out against 579 entries, winning him the $10,000 prize money and a 12-month mentorship with Hachette.

With Robert Watkins and Sam Coley

2.30pm Break

2.45 Pitch Time!

Put what you’ve learned into practice and pitch your manuscript to the Hachette team! These publishers and editors are always on the lookout for new and exciting voices, so here’s your chance to show them yours.

With Robert Watkins (Head of Literary), Sophie Hamley (Non Fiction Publisher), Vanessa Radnidge (Head of Non Fiction) and Brigid Mullane (Managing Editor)

Thursday 7 November, 11:00am - 4:00pm

$60 full / $50 concession