Louise Thurtell has worked in publishing for nearly 30 years – starting out at Harper Collins before moving to Transworld, Random House and Allen & Unwin. Louise will never forget sitting down to read the manuscript of Peter Temple's Bad Debts in 1995, and knowing within the first page she had to do everything in her power to buy it. She went on to publish five more of Temple's novels before taking a break from publishing to have children.
In 2005, Louise was the recipient of Australia’s premier award for editing, the Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship. Louise’s most recent in-house publishing job involved setting up the Arena imprint at Allen & Unwin, where she also initiated Friday Pitch, Australian publishing’s first electronic submission system. Louise is now a freelance editor and publishing consultant.