Hello and welcome to November! Strap in everyone, the countdown to Christmas is on! This time of year our retailers are in a tizz, our sales reps are forcing spare boxes of books into their overloaded car boots, customer service are stuffing express post envelopes and the rest of us are making loud attention-seeking noises […]

Rights to James Foley’s newest picture book Stellarphant have been sold to Kane Miller in the USA.

I hope all of you have been enjoying a lovely holiday weekend. Thanks for tuning in to help me digest my chocolate eggs and to reflect on the month that was.

Hello and welcome to December. In what’s been a tough year for so many, we are very happy to report some good news this month. Congratulations are in order for three wonderful Fremantle Press creators.

Aussie director Nicholas Verso and producer Tania Chambers optioned the film and television rights to Holden Sheppard’s YA novel Invisible Boys this week. Invisible Boys has already won the 2018 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award, the 2019 Kathleen Mitchell Award and the 2019 Western Australian Premier’s Award for an Emerging Writer, and was shortlisted for […]

Hello and welcome to August. What a month it’s been! Congratulations to our Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards winners and shortlisted authors: Fiona Burrows, Amanda Curtin, Rafeif Ismail, Kathryn Lefroy, Caitlin Maling, Meg McKinlay, Helen Milroy, Holden Sheppard and Ellen van Neerven. We are so proud of you all.

We’re so excited to be a part of the Fremantle Book Club. As publishers, we have the privilege of working alongside new and emerging Western Australian authors every day, but what we don’t always get the chance to do is to hang out with WA readers. That’s why our first Fremantle Press Book Club get-together […]

It seems like only yesterday we were congratulating Holden Sheppard for winning the 2018 City of Fremantle Hungerford Award. Now we’ve already had to reprint his wonderful debut novel Invisible Boys after stock flew off the shelves in the first week of release.

So your organisation has decided to publish a book. You plan to use Fremantle Press as your publishing consultant and you’re now busy creating the book’s content. You’ve found a writer, who’s well underway with the text. But what about images? You know you want the book to be visual, but you’re not quite sure […]

When Fremantle Press was approached in 2017 by Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation (DAC) and Wunambal Gaambera Aboriginal Corporation (WGAC) with a possible book idea, we knew we had a very special project on our hands.

During her Perth Festival Writers Week session with ABC RN’s Claire Nichols, Afternoons with Harvey Beam author Carrie Cox described what it was like to grow up on the wrong side of the river – by which she meant the side without a library.

While gearing up for the hot and sweaty whirlwind that typifies Perth Festival Writers Week (and February in general!) I’ve been reflecting on the benefits of networking.

DAVE WARNER IS A STAR. I know you all knew that but I just wanted to underline it in bold caps. Not only is his book Clear to the Horizon on the longlist for the International Dublin Literary Award but he’s also just written a swell new crime novel set in the early sixties when […]

If you were an author and you found a hole in the front cover of your book – you’d be alarmed rather than excited right? That’s not the case with the wonderful Kelly Canby, who was delighted to find a die cut hole smack bang in the middle of the Korean language edition of her […]

Hello from NYC, where I am one of eight delegates attending the Australia Council’s New York Publishers Program. Before you get jealous, I’m also bussing back and forth between the New York Rights Fair and New York BookExpo with a big bunch of Fremantle Press books. Needless to say, I’ve got my running shoes on!

Welcome to May! As I write this I am finishing up my time at the Australia Council’s Visiting International Publishers program where I’ve been talking to publishers, scouts and agents. This year’s program included representatives from Germany, India, Spain, France, the US, Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK and Canada. It’s way too early to talk […]

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Hello and welcome to March 2018. Perth Writers Week is over but there’s lots more to come from Fremantle Press.

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Hello and welcome to February 2018. It’s almost time for the Perth Writers Week. In addition to the fantastic program of events our authors are participating in, there are also two events for industry members which we are very proud to be a part of.

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I believe you can never have too many individuals or organisations championing the arts. Champions can be sponsors, patrons and financial partners, they can be audiences and customers or they can be advocates – people prepared to promote art in all its forms to their networks. In the past few weeks we have met and […]

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Being asked to give a speech on the history of Fremantle Press recently reminded me that very soon I will have been at the Press for a decade. The past ten years have been rich with experience. Preparing for a talk I’ll be giving on the history of Fremantle Press at the Fremantle Heritage Festival […]

Today I want to talk about Fremantle Press custom publishing – what it is, who should use the service and my top tips for making a publishing project a success for your organisation.

The Forum Theatre on Flinders Street is a beautiful old building, dimly lit like a wine bar but lacking in that cosy warmth when it’s fiercely cold outside. It’s also the venue for Books at MIFF – a day that brings together local publishers and producers from Australia, NZ, the UK and the USA for […]

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Fremantle Press and Magabala Books shared an exhibition stand at the 2017 Australian Booksellers Association Conference in Melbourne this June. Attended by over 300 industry professionals, it was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with booksellers from all regions of Australia and to present our new titles to them.