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Manningham Hotel & Club

1 Thompsons Road

Bulleen, VIC 3105


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The Independent Australian Authors Symposium Melbourne at The Manningham Hotel.

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You are exclusively invited to the most prestigious event in independent publishing in 2021 in the city of Melbourne, where upon attending, you will enjoy an amazing lunch and drink with industry experts and authors who share your passion for new and exciting opportunities and events. We will have gift bags and publishing contract door prizes along with heaps of give away prizes and rewards, along with new authors to meet and chat with. You will be hosted at the contemporary and luxurious Manningham Hotel is the hosting venue for this wonderful event in Melbourne - the Independent Australian Authors’ Symposium.

The IAAS event will introduce you to a collective of stimulating minds and expert speakers from prominent industries associated with publishing, media and writing, and new exciting authors entering the marketplace for you to meet and greet and gain signed copies of unique new books by these amazing talents.

With a full catered lunch banquet on offer, door prizes and giveaways along with great titles to select from, not to mention the opportunity to network with your peers and gain valuable assets of the industry exclusively, and right in the centre of your city, there’s much to gain from this personalised and fun-filled day. We ask you to share this experience and become part of the growing community of independent Australian authors.


Our key speaker panel includes some of Melbourne's most prominent industry specialists to answer your questions and share their years of experience and knowledge with you at this exclusive event:

Debbie Lee - Senior Manager, Ingram Content Group

Debbie Lee works with publishers large and small across all market sectors, to assist with their print on demand, ebook and global distribution requirements. Debbie started her publishing career as a trade sales rep, promoting literature, children’s books, non-fiction, art and lifestyle titles to the retail market. Eventually she moved into educational publishing becoming an academic publisher before joining Ingram in 2014. Needless to say, Debbie loves books but when she’s not got her head in one she might be found wandering the neighbourhood with her beloved cat in a pram!

Lucy Hamilton - CEO Writers Victoria

Writers Victoria is Victoria’s largest and longest-running organisation for writers. We have the expertise and platform to support Victoria’s vibrant storytelling community, to ensure writers from all of Victoria’s diverse communities have the skills and support to succeed, and to advocate for support for writers and storytellers more broadly. Our mission is to support and connect writers at all stages of their development and/or career. We do this while adhering to our values of inclusion, community, participation, innovation and excellence, professionalism and respect.

Peter Rose - CEO of Australian Book Review

Peter Rose has been publishing works by himself and other people since 1990. He is a poet, novelist, memoirist, critic and magazine editor. Since 2001 he has been Editor and CEO of Australian Book Review. Throughout the 1990s he was the academic, general and reference publisher at Oxford University Press Australia. Peter Rose is the author of six poetry collections. His family memoir, Rose Boys, won the 2003 National Biography Award and now appears as a Text Classic. He has published two novels, including Roddy Parr (2010) and has edited two poetry anthologies. For three decades Peter Rose has worked with thousands of authors and critics. His diverse and senior roles as a publisher and writer give him a unique perspective on the sector.

David Plunkett - Director of UBC Webdesign

Our mission at UBC Digital is to use our expertise to guide businesses to take advantage of the digital online world.

At UBC Digital we:

  • build websites to make authors more credible and more profitable,
  • create social media strategies to help you reach your readers,
  • then build a system to help you engage with them.

We want to make our customers feel that no matter what their background, running and updating a website is easy and something they can do. We want them to know that we consider ourselves their partners and can be a vital asset to their growth.

Daniel Moreno - Manager of ROOP Australia

Daniel has more than 20 years working in health systems, holding a Bachelor of Science (Nursing) with a Masters of Pharmacovigilance, and a Master of Public health and a Master of Business Administration, Daniel is enthusiastic about contributing and optimizing the wellbeing of the communities through introduction health literacy in low socioeconomic families in Victoria. Daniel is the Program Manager of Reading Out of Poverty that running the first initiative in Geelong to reduce illiteracy in low socioeconomic families. In the last eight months, he has generated partnerships with maternal health nurses, hospitals, medical practitioners and education centres to provide literacy mentoring support to new parents to encourage their child’s love for reading. This period he has distributed around 2000 literacy starter packs. It contains children’s books, a parent booklet, a height chart, and a tote bag to always carry books with them.

Doug Bradby - Author/Historian

Since retiring as a history teacher, Doug has written 14 books. They range from books to engage students with the human story, to books that analyze the impact of gold mining on the community, and more recently, books to simply celebrate the life of the community of Ballarat. In total, about 15,000 copies have been sold, largely in Ballarat tourist venues and via his website, Doug has always found that if truth is not always stranger than fiction, it is always unpredictable, complex and fascinating. Humans, you can’t beat them for weirdness.

Brett McCallum - Author of Kids Aren't Born #@!holes

As a teenager, Brett became one of the youngest bank managers in Australia. He retired at 31, only to start over again after a failed business venture. He is now a seasoned entrepreneur, corporate executive, IT consultant, podcaster and microeconomics expert. Throughout his life, despite being intensely focused on his career, he has also chosen to put family first and raise four beautiful, well-adjusted, polite children and just damn awesome little humans. After being congratulated by a Hawaiian waitress for having such polite and kind children, Brett McCallum, serial entrepreneur, CEO and Dad, sat down to ponder whether he was just ‘lucky’ that his children turned out so well, or was it the discipline and respect he and his wife showed to them that turned them into amazing little humans…

This book is the culmination of that pondering and discusses the raft of influences that affect our children in both negative and positive ways during their day to day lives. With input from a school principal with over 30 years’ experience, a couple experiencing new parenthood, a single dad bringing up 3 kids on his own and a physiologist specialising in children’s behaviour, Brett aims to answer the age-old question – ‘are kid’s born @!*holes?’

Author Shelley Cass, THE LAST LARNAERADEE, book one in the ‘A Fairy’s Tale’ trilogy.

Shelley Cass started as the embarrassed kid who needed more help than everyone else to learn to read. She still remembers the moment – the complete internal shift and awe-struck surprise – when she realised, she could make sense of it all and that entire new worlds had opened before her. As an awkward, gangly junior student, Shelley began to write her own worlds. While growing up, she always came back to her own story, where she confronted the frightening things that threaten the real world and explored the things that save it.

“A magical and wonderful first book in this series and an exciting adventure for all ages to savour and be enchanted…a great new voice in the genre and a very talented author…looking forward to book two in this trilogy…” Amanda, Indiebooks reviewer.

In addition to these and other Key Speakers, Shawline Publishing Group will present a collective of new & talented authors who will be available to sign books and discuss their own experiences of writing and publishing for readers to discuss and enjoy. You are invited to share their journey and experience the new voice of these local talents -

K A Farrell author of I'm a Boy, oh Yes I am.

S B Postlewhite author of The Dumnonian Compass

Jess Bedford author of Fergus the Flamingo

Fern Schreuder author of The Generals Log - Tales From the Lockdown Frontline

Vignesha Vishwanathan author of The World Beneath The Fine Print

Samantha Hampstead author of Isabel and Chloe

Ian Belshaw author of Wood for the Trees

Maureen T Corrigan author of Walking & Wheeling

Chloe author of Splish, Splosh Splash

Anne Gallo author of Gabriella-La Vita Mia

Phillip Boas author of The Mind Travellers

John Camillo author of The Orphan and The Albatross

Kim Clayton author of Slip On Through: CIELO DRIVE

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