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ARRC2013: Concurrent session 2B

2 February 2013

arrc2013_webbanner_lightThis continues our articles on the ARRC2013 concurrent sessions…

Today we are looking at session 2B–The epublishing revolution.

In this session we look at the digital world and try to discover the why, how, and where of epublishing. There has been a monumental shift in how romance readers read their books. While the print book still remains a popular edition to the romance readers library, it is the reading devices that can hold almost an entire library.

Authors are publishing in many different ways. There are the print books, epublishing, self-publishing, indie publishing.

In this session the discussion may revolve around these areas of publishing:

  • What is the difference between epublishing, self-publishing and indie publishing?
  • Why do authors choose to publish in ebook form?
  • How do I know as a reader that when I buy an epublished book, I am getting a quality story for my money?
  • Why are the big publishing house setting up their own digital imprints?

The only thing we can’t advise you on is that with this new knowledge is how to stop you glomming and buying the digital version of your favourite books!

[While this session will have a reader focus, we are conscious that a lot of readers are also aspiring writers. So we have asked the Romance Writers of Australia to hold a special information session for those writers. Have you ever considered writing one of the books you love so much to read? Join members of the Romance Writers of Australia for a short lunchtime presentation to learn what RWA can do for its members and the kind of support you’ll find there if you’re just starting out. The session is scheduled for 1.00 pm on Saturday 2 March. Check your program on the day for the room allocation.]

Concurrent 2BThe panellists

Donna Gallagher is the author of the new contemporary erotic League of Love series, books based around the lives and loves of players from the fictitious Sydney Jets rugby league team. Donna lives in Sydney.

Jennifer St George is the author of The Convenient Bride, published by Penguin’s new digital first imprint, Destiny Romance. The Convenient Bride won the NZ Clendon award. Her second book, Seducing the Secret Heiress, was released in January 2013. Jennifer lives is the coastal town of Byron Bay, NSW.

Malcolm Neil is the former CEO of the Australian Booksellers Association and currently Director of Acquisitions and Publisher Relations Asia/Pacific at Kobo. His background includes building the Avon Romance list in the early 1990s and managing various bookshops. Malcolm is perfectly positioned to provide an overarching view of the ebook business and its strong romance readership.

Shannon Curtis is the author of two romantic suspenses, with a third on the way. She’s also recently published a Christmas novella, ‘Captive Christmas’, as well as two stories in TWC Press’s first anthology, Moonlit Encounters. Shannon lives in Sydney with her family.

  1. aimskye permalink
    6 February 2013 11:37 am

    Sounds like a great panel!

  2. 4 February 2013 11:22 am

    Ah Shannon – I’ll do my best!!! Looking forward to doing a panel together!

  3. 4 February 2013 10:34 am

    I’m very much looking forward to this session, and to the ARRC in general! I’m keenly interested in the romance genre and publishing in general, so this is the perfect panel combination! Oh, and I can tell you Jennifer St. George is happy to chat to anyone on any subject!

  4. 3 February 2013 11:32 am

    Thrilled to be on the The epublishing revolution panel. Looking forward to seeing everyone really soon! Also, as a member of RWA, happy to chat to anyone about the benefits of membership.

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