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Publisher Panel 2018

Publisher Panel 2018


About the Session

Join us for this opportunity to get an inside view on how publishers work. Our guests will talk about how they work, what they’re buying (and what they’re not). In a time when everyone seems to be writing a book, learn how to increase your chances of standing out in an ever-growing slush-pile.

Includes time for audience Q&A. Light refreshments will be provided.

Special Submission Window

SCBWI members attending the panel will have the opportunity to submit to Hachette Australia and Allen & Unwin Australia, who are generally closed to unsolicited submissions, for a one-month window following the meeting. Fremantle Press is always open to unsolicited submissions but you can give your submission an extra lift by getting the inside scoop on what they are looking for. Details on how to access the submission windows will be explained at the event.

SCBWI members, please note that you must attend the event to take advantage of the submission window. We are unable to extend this opportunity to non-members.

This event will be advertised widely and capacity is limited; early bookings are recommended.

Where and When

Date: Saturday 9 June, 2018

Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Venue: Great Southern Room, 4th floor, State Library of WA (take the lift to level 3, then up the stairs to level 4).

Meet the Panel

Read on to meet our talented publishing guests.

Susannah Chambers

Susannah Chambers is a Commissioning Editor of books for children and young adults at Allen & Unwin Publishers.

She has worked with some of Australia’s best, and best-loved, authors and illustrators – including Maureen McCarthy, Andrew McGahan, Heidi McKinnon, Philip Bunting, Chris McKimmie, Lili Wilkinson and Lian Tanner.

In 2014 she was the recipient of the Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship. Her first picture book The Snow Wombat (Illustrated by Mark Jackson) was published in 2016, and it was shortlisted for a Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award, Early Childhood in 2017.

Susannah will be joining us for the Mainland events and the Rottnest Retreat.

Suzanne O'Sullivan

Suzanne O’Sullivan is Publisher of Children’s Books at Hachette Australia.

Suzanne publishes books for children of all ages. The best moments in her job are when she reads a manuscript or sees an illustration that transports her as vividly as the books she loved growing up used to do.

Recently, Suzanne has ventured into the fantastical world of Nevermoor with Jessica Townsend, caught some waves with Mary van Reyk’s Surf Riders Club, and met a very small girl with a very big imagination in Lisa Shanahan and Binny’s Hark, It’s Me, Ruby Lee.

Suzanne is particularly keen to find more illustrators, as well as authors of junior and middle-grade fiction, whether it’s a serious, insightful novel or a silly story that makes kids laugh.

Suzanne will be joining us for the Mainland events and the Rottnest Retreat.

Cate Sutherland

Cate Sutherland is the Children’s Publisher at Fremantle Press. She refers to her job as ‘taking care of all children’s books for babies through to young adults’.

She’s been known to bake the occasional cake in the Fremantle Press kitchen and the smell of apple tea cake wafting down the hallway guarantees a full house at the monthly staff meeting. Sometimes the staff meeting is over before the cake is cooked.

Cate will be joining us for the Mainland events.

How to Book

To reserve your seat at this event, go to the Mainland Event Bookings page.