Pitching opportunities with AAPS

Hi Everyone,

We have just confirmed some exciting speaking and pitching opportunities for the last part of 2018, and updated the Where We Are page accordingly. Over the next few months, Alex will be taking manuscript assessments, or direct pitches at Conflux in Canberra, YA SFF Con in Melbourne, SCBWI in Hobart, and Byron Bay Writers Centre in Byron Bay. Check out the dates and booking information here:


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Expo 88 coverWe are delighted to congratulate the amazing Jackie Ryan for receiving THREE nominations in the 2018 Queensland Literary Awards Shortlists, for her incredible work of research and passion, We’ll Show The World: Expo 88. This story of Brisbane’s almighty struggle for a little bit of cred was published by University of Queensland Press in May 2018, tying in with the 30th anniversary of Expo 88.

This thought provoking, and at times hilarious, work has been nominated for: University of Southern Qld History Book Award, Courier Mail’s People’s Choice Award, and Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance. Congratulations Jackie, publishing editor Alexandra Payne, publisher UQP, and fingers tightly crossed for the awards!

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UQP Acquires Meg Mundell’s second novel

Meg Mundell. Photo by Amanda Soogun.

Meg Mundell. Photo by Amanda Soogun.

The Trespassers, the second novel by Meg Mundell, the Melbourne-based author of Black Glass (Scribe, 2011), has been acquired by Aviva Tuffield at the University of Queensland Press after what literary agent Martin Shaw from Alex Adsett Publishing Services describes as “a spirited contest” between three rival publishers.

Scheduled for publication in mid-2019, Shaw describes it as “a gorgeously written, compelling literary thriller brimming with guts, intelligence and heart”. Inspired by the true story of the Ticonderoga, a ‘fever ship’ full of migrant UK workers that reached Melbourne in 1852, sparking the creation of Australia’s first quarantine station, the novel is set 200 years after this landmark event, and taps into contemporary tensions around migration, climate change, and the future of work.

UQP’s Tuffield remarked: “I am so thrilled to be working with Meg Mundell on her beautifully written and thought-provoking second novel. The Trespassers is a literary page-turner set in the near future on an emigrant ship, told from the perspective of three passengers. This is a novel for our times – dealing as it does with emigration, asylum seeking, and global displacement due to climate change; it is engrossing, compassionate and profound. I can’t wait to share Meg’s impressive new work with readers”.


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Bridgeman’s The Subjugate Acquired by Angry Robot

TheSubjugate_144dpi-400x606We are delighted to announce Amanda Bridgeman’s incredible science fiction crime thriller The Subjugate has been acquired by UK publisher Angry Robot. Angry Robot will be publishing simultaneously in UK, USA and Australia on 1 November 2018.

Amanda is already established in science fiction circles with her epic space opera Aurora series, and with The Subjugate, a standalone near-future SF thriller, she ratchets up the tension with a string of murders, a religious cult, and cutting edge tech.

Two troubled homicide detectives race to find a serial killer in a town filled with surgically reformed murderers, in this captivating near-future SF thriller.

In a small religious community rocked by a spree of shocking murders, Detectives Salvi Brentt and Mitch Grenville find themselves surrounded by suspects. The Children of Christ have a tight grip on their people, and the Solme Complex neurally edit violent criminals – Subjugates – into placid servants called Serenes. In a town where purity and sin, temptation and repression live side by side, everyone has a motive. But as the bodies mount up, the frustrated detectives begin to crack under the pressure: their demons are coming to light, and who knows where that blurred line between man and monster truly lies.

The Subjugate will be available for pre-order soon, and watch for it in your bookstore from November!

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What a year (and we’re not even half way yet)!

Jackei Ryan coverIn case anyone hasn’t been following along on social media, and has been wondering what we’ve been up to at the AAPS bunker, the answer is, ALOT.

This year already, we’ve seen the launch of Ironheart by Jodi McAlister, Quark’s Academy by Catherine Pelosi, Blast Off! by Shelly Unwin, and We’ll Show The World by Jackie Ryan. That’s a lot of parties, people! Alex has attended the Sydney Writers Festival (mostly for the meetings), BWF YA Day, Kids Lit Vic, not to mention jury duty and celebrating a significant birthday, and next week is heading to New York as part of the Australia Council’s inaugural publishing delegation!

The second half of 2018 is already looking huge with more launches, more festivals and more pitching opportunities!

Blast OffQuarks-Academy-396x612 Ironheart cover

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