After returning to the best hemisphere in the world, Alex was off again – this time to the Melbourne International Film Festival. Taking part in the MIFF 37 South program, Alex pitched AAPS books to multiple film producers and connected with professionals in the Australian film and television community.
After what felt like just one night’s refreshing sleep, she powered on to the Romance Writers of Australia conference back home in Brisbane. Alex had the chance to meet (and hear pitches from) many wonderful up-and-coming romance writers, speak on panels, and connect with the Aussie romance community. Alex is very proud to have bullied six other AAPS authors and industry professionals into dressing as a flock of flamingos at the RWA cocktail party – and prouder still to have won third prize in the costume competition. Photo evidence is provided.
It’s been a very busy two months, but we’ve landed back on solid ground, ready to roll. Now to read all these new manuscripts…
Well, we’re back from an incredible trip to the United States!
Alex, assistant Catherine, and award-winning author-illustrator Kathleen Jennings touched down in Boston, MA in July to make up the Australian contingent at Readercon 28. The program was packed with fantastic authors, illustrators, agents, and publishers from across the world – and, of course, readers who were passionate about books. The AAPS team had an incredible time over the four-day convention, meeting established and upcoming writers, as well as connecting with publishers from the US and beyond.
After bidding a tearful goodbye to Boston, and improperly laden with more books than could fit in their stowed luggage, the AAPS team headed to New York. Over the whole trip, Alex met with over 40 publishers, editors and agents – but still managed to sneak in a viewing of Hamilton on Broadway.
Freshly laden with even more books, seriously, please help us the AAPS team parted ways, as Catherine departed for the wild maple-scented depths of Canada, and Alex boarded a plane for the steaming swamps of Florida, and the Romance Writers of America conference…
June was a huge month for AAPS authors!
On 8 June, Shelly Unwin launched her You’re Five! series in Sydney. Illustrated by Katherine Battersby, the five books celebrate the joys and struggles of growing up. There was cake (of course), and over seventy guests attended. To promote the books, Allen & Unwin donated a limited print by Katherine Battersby to whoever got the most likes on social media for the event.
On 11 June, Shannon Horsfall launched her new picture book NoMax! at Avid Reader in Brisbane. There was a massive turnout, with plenty of dog-themed snacks and activity sheets for the littles and sausage sizzles for the bigs. NoMax is a dog – but if his name is NoMax, why does it say something different on his bowl?
Finally, we’ll be heading overseas to Boston, MA next week for ReaderCon. We’ll be at the con from 13-16 July, so if you’re there, stop by and say hello! After that, we’ll be in New York until 27 July, when we’ll be flying to Orlando, FL for the Romance Writers of America conference. Alex will be taking pitches and meeting publishers and agents at RWA, so again, stop by and say hello.
Finally, Alex will be at Romance Writers of Australia from 11-13 August, again accepting pitches. If you can’t make it to any of these events, remember to check out our Find Us in 2017 page for more appearances!
Off to US