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Meet Our New Assistant Editor, Coco McGrath

The plan was always to become an editor with a trade publisher (if you check my Grade 12 notebook it has ‘Book editor’ listed as #1 dream job, followed, for reasons I can no longer explain, by ‘Town Planner’).

2017-02-23T14:46:55+00:00 February 21st, 2017|

Martin on why it’s not as much fun if you’re only ever winning (except in golf)

What a year 2016 has been! And yet I’ve learned so little.

Perhaps the lessons of the recent past will reveal themselves when I’m not panicking about the hundred things undone, the Christmas shopping unshopped, and the promised blog piece for Grace heretofore unwritten. It’s been a bumper year for Affirm Press and we’ve continued the huge expansion of recent years. Blahdy blah. But like every other publisher, we’re weighing up the what ifs – what if we’d recognised what the least successful ten books would be, and focused all our energy on the top ten instead? Why does it never […]

2017-08-11T10:55:59+00:00 December 22nd, 2016|

Diving Deep for Charity

On 7 January I will face my fear of water and swim the world's largest open water event: the Lorne Pier to Pub. I agreed to take on the challenge nearly 12 months ago as a way of raising funds for domestic violence.

2017-02-23T09:53:30+00:00 December 20th, 2016|

Winners of the 2016 Affirm Press Mentorship Award Announced

The recipients will undertake a one-week residency at Varuna, situated in the inspiring Blue Mountains, and receive one-on-one editorial workshop with editors Ruby Ashby-Orr and Kate Goldsworthy.

2016-11-08T14:51:45+00:00 September 28th, 2016|

Letter to My Teenage Self raises $20,000 for charity in two weeks

Letter to My Teenage Self is the passion project of teenager Grace Halphen who, after having a tough time transitioning between schools, set out to create a book that would help other teenagers feel reassured and less isolated when they went through tough times. The book features letters from 55 prominent Australians offering the advice they wish they’d heard when they were growing up.

2017-02-08T13:45:51+00:00 September 21st, 2016|

Alecia Simmonds’ WILD MAN wins the Sisters in Crime Davitt Award for Non-fiction

Congratulations to Alecia Simmonds on winning the Davitt Award for Non-fiction at the Sisters in Crime gala dinner on Saturday 27 August for her debut book, Wild Man.

2017-02-08T13:45:52+00:00 August 28th, 2016|
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