RWA Pitch Program

Get Fresh in 15The annual RWA conference is rolling round again (21st – 23rd August), the largest professional publishing conference in Australia. This year promises to be the best ever, which is particularly good for me, because it will be held in my home state of Victoria. It provides unique networking opportunities for writers, editors and agents, as well as a speaker line-up including Anita Heiss and Graeme Simsion. The program features a wide range of workshops designed for writers at every stage of their career and publishing journeys. Get Fresh in 15 is the theme for Melbourne, and it will build on Melbourne’s strong literary culture through partnerships with Melbourne Writers Festival and Writers Victoria.

Brumby's CoverI received my big publishing break through the Pitch Program at an earlier RWA conference. My pitch of Brumby’s Run to a commissioning editor has led to five Penguin contracts so far. This fantastic program is being offered again, with a stunning range of editors and agents. It offers one of the few chances that aspiring writers have to get face to face with key publishing industry professionals. And the opportunity isn’t purely for romance writers. A wide variety of manuscripts are being sought. International literary agent Courtney Miller-Callihan is looking for general women’s fiction, historical fiction and young adult. Publisher Martin Green of Pantera Press is open to submissions in all genres, particularly commercial women’s fiction. Publisher Rebecca Saunders of Hachette is busy building a commercial fiction list, and wants to see all categories of popular fiction. And my own agent, Clare Forster of Curtis Brown, is looking for adult fiction, young adult fiction and non-fiction for mainstream publishers. Check out the amazing line-up here.

On-line registration for the Pitch Program opened on 1st June and will close on 30th June 2015 at 9pm. If you will have a suitable manuscript completed in time, why not have a go? You’ve nothing to lose, and I’m living proof that a conference pitch can lead to a publishing contract. I’ll do a post on pitch tips and etiquette prior to the conference, so stay tuned …



Get Fresh in ’15 – RWA Melbourne Conference


I’m very excited to tell you about this year’s RWA Conference, to be held in my home state. The last time (and first time) that I attended the conference in Melbourne, I pitched Brumby’s Run to Penguin and the rest is history!

The programming team has done an incredible job designing this truly inspiring schedule of engaging, thought-provoking, fresh speakers who are ready to share their knowledge and experience with us all. The program features a sensational selection of both local and international guests. Keynote presentations and a wide range of workshops are designed for writers at every stage of their career and publishing journey.

Are you looking to develop your craft?  Pitch a story to publishers? Build your business as a writer? How about self-publishing? Want to write the hottest sex scene while keeping your characters well rounded and relatable? What’s it like to become an overnight success? Well, you can explore all of this and much, much more at the RWA Get Fresh in ’15 Melbourne Conference. See the incredible conference program here. Early bird registration opens 28 February and closes 1 May 2015.


A spectacular line up of stars will delight delegates. Graeme Simsion, author of the overnight sensation, The Rosie Project will kick off the conference with the Saturday morning keynote address. Sunday opens with much loved, best-selling American author Mary Jo Putney and the inspirational Anita Heiss, prolific author, commentator and all round inspirational woman.


Also participating in the conference, all the way from the US, is Courtney Miller-Callihan from Greenburger Associates agency and Deb Werksman of Sourcebooks. Both will take pitches, attend social events, and sit on panels, as well as presenting their own informative workshops. And as if that glittering list of names isn’t enough, the effervescent and ever popular Jane Porter will join a Superstar Bonus panel on Friday evening and USA Today best-selling author, Patricia McLinn, will deliver what promises to be a rousing closing address.


The RWA 24th annual conference will be held in Melbourne, Victoria, 21 – 23 August 2015 at the 5 star luxury Park Hyatt hotel. It will provide unique networking opportunities for writers, editors, agents and other publishing industry professionals. The program features a wide range of workshops designed for writers at every stage of their career and publishing journeys.

Get Fresh in 15 is the theme for Melbourne, heralding an innovative, relevant, contemporary conference. It will build on Melbourne’s strong literary culture and communities through a partnership with Melbourne Writers Festival and Writers Victoria. The focus of Get Fresh in 15 is on quality: quality venue, innovative content, high calibre speakers and diverse topics targeted to aspiring, emerging and established writers.

The Park Hyatt is offering special rates to delegates so book early. As usual the conference will include exciting social events including the traditional welcome cocktail party and annual Awards Dinner. I look forward to attending the largest professional conference for the publishing industry in Australia and hope to see some of you there.

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