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Awards wrap-up

3 June 2019
The winners of several Australian and New Zealand unpublished manuscript awards have been announced over the past month. Perth-based writer Rebecca Higgie was named the winner of the inaugural Fogarty...

Advice from the ISBN team

3 June 2019
If a spouse or family member passes away, can a relative or surviving spouse use their remaining ISBNs? ISBNs are considered property of the publisher and all of their ISBNs...

How do bookstores find out about self-published titles?

3 June 2019
For the past few months, Books+Publishing has been asking Australian book buyers—the people responsible for selecting which books are stocked on a bookstore’s shelves—how they find out about new books...

Georgia Spanos on ‘When the Tomatoes Are Ready’

22 May 2019
Georgia Spanos is a Melbourne-based writer, editor and ‘advocate for all things food and culture’. When she’s not the digital editor at Halliday magazine, she is working on her second self-published cookbook. She...

Drew Turney on ‘Falling’

30 April 2019
This month, author Drew Turney spoke with Australian Self-Publisher about Falling—a ‘sweeping adventure of the paranormal in the technology age’ that’s 25 years in the making. Describe your book in...

Upcoming events

30 April 2019
April Sydney Writers’ Festival (29 April–5 May), Carriageworks, Eveleigh, NSW May Clunes Booktown Festival (4–5 May), Clunes, Vic Scribblers Festival (8–12 May), The Goods Shed, Claremont, WA Institute of Professional Editors conference (8–10 May), Pullman...

Advice from the ISBN team

30 April 2019
Who should apply for an ISBN? It is always the publisher of the book who should apply for the ISBN. For the purposes of the ISBN, the publisher is the...

The author next door: Stocking self-published books

28 March 2019
Kelsey Oldham talks to booksellers about stocking self-published books. Most Australian bookshops acknowledge that stocking self-published books is important—in theory. In practice, however, store policies are often opaque or ad-hoc,...

Advice from the ISBN team

28 March 2019
Why does a book need an ISBN? ISBNs are linked to essential information. They allow booksellers and readers to know what book they are buying, what the book is about,...

Upcoming events

28 March 2019
April International Military Writers’ Festival (5–7 April), Darwin, NT Sydney Writers’ Festival (29 April–5 May), Carriageworks, Eveleigh, NSW May Clunes Booktown Festival (4–5 May), Clunes, Vic Scribblers Festival (8–10 May), The Goods Shed, Claremont, WA...

Matt Simon on ‘Dancing with the Bull’

28 March 2019
Matt Simon spent 25 years in senior executive roles for multinational companies like J P Morgan, Standard Chartered Bank, Merrill Lynch and NAB—but one day, he realised he’d had enough....

Self-publishers among Aurealis Awards finalists

28 March 2019
Three self-published books are among the finalists for the Aurealis Awards, presented for science fiction, fantasy and horror writing in Australia. We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson is one...

Survey: self-published author incomes are on the rise

1 March 2019
Earlier this month, The Authors Guild shared the results from its 2018 Authors’ Income Survey, leading to much discussion of dwindling author salaries. IngramSpark’s Regan Kannamer explores the results and finds self-published...

More than 1000 authors earned over US$100K in 2018 says Amazon

1 March 2019
Amazon has reported that authors earned more than US$260 million (A$359m) from the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Select Global Fund in 2018, totalling more than US$840m (A$1.16bn) since the launch of Kindle Unlimited. Amazon...

EU agrees on copyright directive

1 March 2019
The European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission have made an agreement on the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, which modernises copyright law for the first...

New Macquarie Uni research to examine Aus rights sales

1 March 2019
The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund and the Australia Council for the Arts will contribute $30,000 each to a new Macquarie University study examining the international rights sales and export of...

Upcoming events

1 March 2019
March Adelaide Writers’ Week (2–7 March), Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden, Adelaide Leading Edge Books conference (17–19 March), Hilton, Adelaide April International Military Writers’ Festival (5–7 April) Sydney Writers’ Festival (29...