What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Book #5: Festivals

This is the fifth part in a blog series, in which Jane Rawson and I share our experience of what happens just before, during and after your book is released.

In case you missed them, the previous parts are on blurbs , book launches  publicity and prizes


There are dozens of writers festivals around Australia. In addition to the major festivals in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane, there are smaller regional festivals all over the place, as well as specialist festivals such as Emerging Writers Festival, Digital Writers festival and so on. How can you work with your publisher to ensure your have the best chance of getting on the program?

The post covers:

  • Whether or not you have to do festivals even if the thought of public speaking makes you want to throw up
  • Perth Writers Festival Director Katherine Dorrington on how to give yourself the best chance of getting on a program
  • Our own and other writers’ experiences as festival panellists: wonderful, mediocre and positively awful!
  • Graeme Simsion’s tips for converting audience members to book buyers
  • The benefits of festivals, aside from book sales, including publisher’s perspectives on this

Read the whole juicy lot here:

What to expect when you’re expecting a book: #5 Festivals

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