Publishing & editing
Working with Words: Yen-Rong Wong
Yen-Rong Wong is a writer and the founding editor of Pencilled In, a literary magazine dedicated to showcasing the work of Asian Australian artists. She spoke with us about Hello Kitty, how people act in different environments and the importance of headlines.
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So You Think You Can Pod 2017
In deciding the winner of the second annual So You Think You Can Pod competition, we invited three Australian podcast hopefuls to have their pitches prodded, workshopped and sharpened by our panel of audio producers in front of a live audience – with a Wheeler Centre mentorship and prize pack worth $8,000 up for grabs. Listen in as the judges – Eric George (Australian), Kate Montague (Audiocraft) and Julie Shapiro (Radiotopia, USA), alongside Sophie Black and Jon Tjhia from the Wheeler Centre – delve deep into new audio ideas.
Joining us as finalists for this event were Coel Healy (Perth, via Skype), Penelope Bartlau (supported by team members Darius Kedros and Patrick Humbert) and Melanie Thomson (with Nick Henderson of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives).
Listen to part one, featuring Julie Shapiro and Sophie Black in conversation, here.
Judges Jon Tjhia, Sophie Black, Julie Shapiro, Kate Montague and Eric George, with Melanie Thomson and Penelope Bartlau — Photo: Claire Flynn
Working with Words: Anna Solding
Anna Solding is a writer and editor, and a co-founder of MidnightSun Publishing and the Australian Short Story Festival. She spoke to us about the time-hungry world of publishing, the timeliness of certain books and the various obstructions to putting pen to paper.
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The F Word Address: Jane Gilmore
‘Here’s a list of things that don’t cause murder. Stiletto-heel shoes. Mothers. Selfies. Broken hearts. Romance. Sex romps ... Here’s a list of things that do cause murder: the decision to murder someone.’
Feminist journalist Jane Gilmore started her #FixedIt project in 2013 to hold the media to account in their portrayal of victims of rape and child abuse. For the Wheeler Centre’s annual F Word Address, Gilmore evaluates the Australian media and how they have performed in 2017 in their depiction of women – whether it’s in politics, the arts, sport or in the reporting of domestic violence.
Today, thanks to social media, audiences have increasing power to force change in the way the news is presented. But are public perceptions still being shaped by such reporting? And how can a simple correction – a better image, another choice of words or laying blame where it belongs – make a difference?
Part feminist stocktake, part personal reflection, Gilmore tackles the year that was, as she examines how the media has chosen to represent – or misrepresent – women in 2017.
Santilla Chingaipe and Jane Gilmore discuss Gilmore's address — Photo: Jon Tjhia
Margin for Error
Fury reflects on the pitfalls and paradoxes of tokenism for marginalised writers.
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Lightning Source to Print-on-Demand in Melbourne
The print-on-demand options for Australian small publishers and authors looking to self-publish are set to broaden from the middle of the year. Print-on-demand specialist Lightning Source has announced that Melbourne will be the location of its fifth global facility. According to Wikipedia, the company, a subsidiary of Ingram Content Group, is the world’s leading provider of print-on-demand manufacturing and distributing services. A Lightning Source…
Earthquake Novel Earns Massive Advance
As sales of print books drop and publishers tighten their belts, good news stories in the world of books remind us that hard work, a good idea, an ear for genre and a stroke of blind luck can still work wonders for a writer. So it is with a debut author in New York whose unpublished manuscript has netted her advances across the world…
The Future is a Golden Plain
In Plan 9 From Outer Space, Ed Wood droned, “We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives.” This weekend, the 5th annual Golden Plains music festival features an inaugural keynote address by noted futurist Dr Peter Ellyard, self-confessed optimist and author of Designing 2050. And so it…
Advertising in Books
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Unlike magazines, books have somehow always avoided the encroachment of advertising. They’ve even managed to successfully resist product placement - at least for the most part. The website Publishing Perspectives yesterday visited a subject that will shock bibliophiles everywhere. Under the banner, ‘Is it Time for publishers to Offer Advertising in Books?’, the article considers the implications of cloud reading. Cloud…
Daunting Task to Revive Waterstone’s
Online book retailers Amazon and Waterstone’s have both announced that ebooks are outselling print books. Amazon ebooks for its Kindle device are selling more than all hardbacks and paperbacks combined, not including free downloads. The caveat to this news is that the figures reflect volume, not value. Many Amazon ebook bestsellers sell for US$0.99.
In other news, Waterstone’s has been sold by its embattled…
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