Book Babble Blog

Meet Our New Assistant Editor, Coco McGrath

February 21st, 2017|

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’).

Martin on his own (accidental) complicity in sexism in sport

February 16th, 2017|

Growing up, I never appreciated my privilege or paid it any mind to be honest. I was too busy enjoying the fruits of a patriarchal society to really give a stuff about who might be missing out. It wasn’t until my wife and I had twin girls that I really started taking sexism personally.

Ten Things I Hate About Christmas

January 31st, 2017|

Affirm Press Sales & Marketing Director Keiran Rogers reflects back on Christmas 2016 and gives us the ten things he hates about Christmas:

  1. Booksellers and publishers around the country work their butts off all year and yet it seems there are really only three weeks that matter.
  2. You think to yourself ‘I’m not sure Harper Collins have done the right thing with Jimmy Barnes as a two book autobiography. Don’t we only care about his music life?’ And then you see him speak at the Dymocks conference and watch the book sell 16,266 copies in its first week on BookScan. […]

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

December 22nd, 2016|

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 […]

Diving Deep for Charity

December 20th, 2016|

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.

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

September 21st, 2016|

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.

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