Nominations for the Australian Book Industry Awards 2019 will open on January 15th, next year. It is a process of nomination, judging by industry experts according to a select criteria and of course announcing the happy winners on the 'Night of Nights' in Sydney, Australia. The annual event is considered to be one of the highlights of the year for both publishers and authors, across the country. It showcases only the best of the best in publishing and rewards excellence, accordingly.
A full description of eligibility and categories for the awards can be found at the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA). In the mean time, you might want to preview the list ahead of time. Think about nominating for not one, but a number of sections.
Here is the list on offer.
Don't forget to place the relevant dates on your calendar.
January 15th, 2019 - Nominations for Book Awards Open
February 13th, 2019 - Submissions for Business Awards Open
March 7th, 2019 - Announcement of Book Awards Longlist
March 7th, 2019 - Submissions for Book Awards Longlist Open
March 21st, 2019 - Submissions for Audiobook Awards Open
April 11th, 2019 - Announcement of Shortlist
2nd May, 2019 - Night of Nights!
Australian Publisher Association members can check out the nomination details, last year's winners and photos of prior events at ABIA.
Sponsors for the event include: The Australian Women's Weekly, Audible, Media Super, JCDeaux, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age Newspaper, Borrow Box, Copyright Agency, McPherson's, Ingram - Lightning Source, Twitter, Booktopia, Curtis Brown, Better Reading, Leading Edge Books, Harper Collins, Books & Publishing, Simpsons - Lawyers for Publishers
If you are looking to market your books to the world, then visiting The London Book Fair should be on your list of things to do. Each year around March ~ April (Next LBF = 12-14th, 2019), The Olympia London located on Hammersmith Road, Kensington London - prepares itself for the onslaught of some 25,000 visitors from more than 135 countries, who will wander around the 2,320 stand holders from 56 countries, during the 3~4 days London Book Fair period.
After all, the aim of the game is to be here - in bookstores - on bookshelves - servicing readers - spreading the love of books and knowledge - and getting your books in print!
If ever you have wondered how the rest of the world gets on with publishing, here is an inside look at the Korean publishing association.
Located in central Seoul, strategically situated between the famous Gyeongbok Palace and Ankuk subway station, you'll find the Korean Publishing Association - an old grey building with both Korean and Korean-Chinese characters labeling the top of the building.
The Palace is extremely old. You can't miss it - it was originally built in 1395. Of course, it has had major restoration over the years, during my stay in Korea and this is an on-going process as with many wonderful, historic sites.
Anyhow, you'll be able to travel to either the Gyeongbokgung subway station and exit there or take the subway to Anguk and exit. Either way, both stations are easily accessible on the orange line (line 3). The hardest part is knowing which exit out the station to take. There are about eight exits, so you will have to get you bearings. You'll need to land yourself on the right side of the road. This takes some practice. If you get stuck, you'll be able to ask the locals to assist you and they will happily oblige. It will be a great opportunity for them to use their English and you'll make a friend.
Take a good look at the below mud map to help find your way. Yes, it is in Korean, but even if you don't know where you are going, show the locals and you will be set. Most people at the Association can speak English. There won't be a problem once you arrive.
Gyeongbokgung station is the one on the left, next to Line 3 and Anguk station is the one on the right, also on Line 3. I'm sure you recognise that the blue marker is the KPA. When you exit either station, make sure it is on the palace entrance side. Given Seoul is an extremely modern city, you will find all signs in the subway in both English and Korean. It is also really clean and quite pretty! Good luck!
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