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The winner of the 2015 Text Prize
The winner of the 2015 Text Prize

The winner of the 2015 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing is Kimberley Starr, author of The Book of Whispers!  

 

The Book of Whispers is an imaginative and gripping historical fantasy novel set during the first Crusade, in a world where demons are real and gaining power, and almost no one can see them. It was first submitted to the 2013 Text Prize and wasn’t shortlisted; after much revision, it has beaten 267 other manuscripts for the 2015 Text Prize.  

 

Publisher Michael Heyward said: ‘The Text Prize has a distinctive track record in finding talented new and emerging writers of young adult and children’s books. Its winners now include Richard Newsome, Leanne Hall, A. J. Betts, Diana Sweeney and David Burton. 

How many condoms does it take to sell a book?
How many condoms does it take to sell a book?

Marketing freebies: do they work? Kirsty Wilson, Text’s sales and marketing director, considers the effectiveness of giving away condoms to promote a new book.

 

How do you discover new books?

 

For many of us, the main influence on our reading is word of mouth—a friend, colleague or even someone on social media raves about a new book, and if we trust their judgement we’ll give it a try.

 

But how do you get the taste arbiters in the book industry to discover new books?

All dressed up and ready to thrill
All dressed up and ready to thrill

Shalini Kunahlan, Text's marketing coordinator, gives an inside view of the key bookseller event of the year.

 

Once a year, in May, the hardworking booksellers of Australia attend the highlight of the industry’s calendar: the joint Australian Bookseller Association (ABA) and Leading Edge (LE) Conference. 

 

The ABA/LE conference is a behind-the-scenes look at your local wood-shelved indie or reliable suburban chain store. Every shade of book-obsessed retailer is out in full force: from independent bookshops to chain and franchise shops, as well as online, specialist, second-hand, academic and educational booksellers.

Watch The Underwriting Trailer
Watch The Underwriting Trailer

‘Settle in—you won’t be able to put down this book.’ Lauren WeisbergerNew York Times–bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada

 

Michelle Miller’s debut novel The Underwriting takes you behind closed doors into a world of sex scandals, power plays and shady trading. It’s a dangerous and thrilling place whereThe Social Network meets The Wolf of Wall Street.

 

Todd Kent is young, hot and on his way to the top of Wall Street when the eccentric founder of Hook, the popular new dating app, handpicks him to lead its float on the stock exchange. Hook has been helping Todd score with women and now it’s going to make him rich.

 

But nothing is what it seems in Silicon Valley—and when tragedy strikes, and the sparks fly, there’s no telling who might get burned.