2016 Open House with Pantera Press – Sold Out!

Friday 29 April 2016, 9am 4pm
Writers Centre
Park, Rozelle

This opportunity is open to NSWWC members only. 
$45 members
$35 concession members
This opportunity is now sold out. Please email the Centre to go on the waitlist.

How does a publishing house work?  Ever wondered how a publisher decides whether or not to commission a work? Interested in getting feedback on your submission?

On Friday 29 April Pantera Press, a boutique Australian publishing house with a focus on finding and developing the next generation of talented Australian storytellers, will be in residence at the NSWWC.

Meet the team from Pantera Press as they take you through the steps to publishing a book: from the submissions process through to editing, marketing, digital and publicity. The morning will comprise a series of panels with the Pantera Press directors, editorial team, marketing and comms staff.

In the afternoon there will be an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a member of the editorial team to gain invaluable feedback on your submission.

Submissions will be read by Pantera Press prior to the day. Each one-on-one 15 minute meeting will offer constructive feedback on your submission, including advice on refining your submission, whether it is in the correct genre, appropriate length, etc.

Work submitted can include fiction for a wide appealing or international audience (all genres and cross genres are welcomed), Young Adult (for ages 12+), and limited non-fiction (narrative non-fiction on current/important or controversial topics).

Please submit the following documents in word format (font size 12, double spacing) to workshops@nswwc.org.au by Friday 1 April:

  • a synopsis of your work (maximum one page)
  • the first 20 pages or first chapter of your manuscript
  • a short note about yourself including why you love to write.


Pantera Press is currently looking for: Both Adult and Young Adult fiction (stand-alone and series), particularly commercial women’s fiction, romance, thriller, crime and mystery. Also narrative non-fiction for a popular audience.

Pantera Press is not currently accepting: picture or illustrated books, cookbooks, self-help, health & wellbeing, travel, plays, poetry, short stories, compilations, essays, novellas, chapter books, mind body spirit, religious titles, children’s picture books or children’s books (for under 12s).


9.00–10.00 Submissions & Acquisitions panel – what to expect from Pantera Press, what to submit, how to submit, what makes a successful submission and how an acquisition meeting works. 

10.00–10.30 Contracts – the shape of a general publishing deal, types of rights (volume, translation, subsidiary), advances and royalties, term of copyright and reversion.

10.30–11.00 The Editorial Process – what to expect from the various stages of editing: structural edit and copyedit, proofreading 

11.00 – 12.00 Taking Your Book to Market – design, distribution channels, selling-in to booksellers both digital and bricks & mortar, marketing, publicity and social media.

12.00 – 12.40 Lunch

12.40 – 4.00 Individual 15-minute sessions with an editor

There will also be an opportunity for informal round table discussions on Social Media and Marketing during the afternoon.


Speakers (subject to change without notice) from among:
team: Alison Green, Martin Green, James Read, Lucy Bell
& Marketing: Susan Hando
Media & Digital: Elly Clapin
& Digital Communications: Oliver Clapin


This opportunity is open to NSWWC members only. 
$45 members / $35 concession members
This opportunity is now sold out. Please phone the Centre to be put on the waitlist: 9555 9757.






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