Angela Meyer’s debut novel to Peter Bishop Books

Angela_MeyerThe debut novel by Melbourne writer and Echo Publishing commissioning editor Angela Meyer will be the inaugural fiction title of the recently established ‘Peter Bishop Books’ imprint at Ventura Press.

Martin Shaw, literary agent at AAPS, sold world rights to her debut novel, A Superior Spectre, to the publisher, for publication in mid-2018. “It’s the story of a dying Melbourne man who decides to run away to a remote Scottish isle to escape the responsibility of living on for those that love him, and a young 19C Scottish woman, just starting to explore her desires and life purpose – and the eerie way they seem to be connected”. Continue reading

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Meet the Maniacs by Catherine Pelosi signed to Hachette

catherine-pelosiCatherine Pelosi has done it again! Catherine has sold Meet the Maniacs, a new middle-grade fiction to Kate Stevens at Hachette Australia.

This is Catherine’s third sale to Hachette. Earlier this  year, Catherine sold her first picture book, Something for Fleur, and in 2016 sold middle-grade Quark’s Academy.

Quark’s Academy is already generating buzz for release next year:

Quarks-Academy-396x612“From the futuristic travel capsule that transports the students to the chemical compounds that enhance memory, the scientific principles of Quark’s Academy toe the line brilliantly between science-fiction and reality. Catherine Pelosi’s Quark’s Academy is an engaging and entertaining debut for readers aged eight and up with an interest in STEM—or those who just love a well-paced adventure story with fantastical elements.”


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MIFF and RWAustralia

RWA 1After 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…


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AAPS Abroad: Readercon, New York, and RWAmerica

Alex in NY right way upWell, 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.

Alex in NY 2Freshly 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…

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Launches and News

June was a huge month for AAPS authors!

Youre Five launch 2On 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.

NoMax launch 2On 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!





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