Workshop: Standout Submissions

This Queensland Writers Centre workshop will help participants make their manuscript submission-ready for publishers, competitions and awards. The workshop would also help those writers who have reached that point in their story where it, and they, have run out of narrative energy and are stuck for ideas about how to bring back the story’s narrative drive.

Venue: Queensland Writers Centre, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, Stanley Place, Brisbane

Date: Saturday 2 February 2019

Time: 2:00-5:00pm

Bookings essential. For more information or to book your place visit this link.

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Avid Reader Bookshop Sunday Best Bookclub

Bookclubs and authors unite at Avid Reader's Sunday Best Bookclub. This is a bookclub for people who are already in a bookclub, people who have always wanted to join a bookclub, or for people who would like to meet and talk with some of Australia's finest writers.

This month meet author Sally Piper and speak with her about her latest novel The Geography of Friendship.

Time: 10:00am - 11:00am

Date: Sunday 7 October 2018

Venue: Avid Reader Bookshop, 193 Boundary Street, West End, QLD

Bookings for the event can be made on the Avid Reader Events page of their website.

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Seminar: Networking for Authors

Writing can be a solitary pursuit, but there is much to be said for having a strong network around you. This Queensland Writers Centre seminar covers building relationships with your peers and connecting with various writing groups, communities and organisations.

Date: Saturday 15 September 2018

Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Address: Chermside Library, 375 Hamilton Road, Chermside QLD

This is a free seminar but to register your attendance, please contact Chermside Library on 03 3403 7200.

Bookchat at Books@Stones

Sally will be in-conversation with Cass Moriarty (The Promise Seed, Parting Words) about The Geography of Friendship at Books@Stones.

Date: Thursday 9 August 2018

Time: 6:30pm

Address: 360 Logan Road, Stones Corner, QLD 4120

This is a free event but bookings are essential. Please RSVP to the store on 07 3394 4949.

In-conversation: Better Read Than Dead Bookstore

Sally will be in-conversation with Emily Maguire (An Isolated Incident) about her novel The Geography of Friendship at Better Read Than Dead Bookstore.

Date: Wednesday 1 August 2018

Time: 6:30pm

Venue: Upstairs at Better Read Than Dead Bookstore

Address: 265 King Street, Newtown, NSW 2042

It is a free event but to reserve your place please book through the Better Read events page or phone 02 9557 8700.

UQP sells 'The Geography of Friendship' to UK

The University of Queensland Press (UQP) has sold UK and Irish rights to Sally Piper's The Geography of Friendship and 2014 debut novel Grace's Table to Legend Press, in a two-book deal.

Legend Press commissioning editor Lauren Parsons acquired both novels direct from UQP. Both will be published in the UK market in 2019.

'Sally's writing is masterful. Her characters unravel spectacularly. We can't wait for readers here to experience Sally's work,' Parsons told Books+Publishing.

UQP publishing director and acting-CEO Madonna Duffy said she is 'delighted' to see Piper's work recognised in the British market and 'thrilled that Legend Press have committed to her writing through a two-book deal.'

'To have Australian-based books published on home ground is exciting enough, but to have UK publisher Legend Press tell me they can't wait to share them with readers there took that excitement to a whole new level,' Piper told Books+Publishing. 'With every Australian title sold into another territory, the growing appeal and reach of Australian stories - our stories - is confirmed, which is a win for all Australian writers and our publishing industry.'

- Rights and Acquisitions News, Books+Publishing, 4 July 2018