Monthly Archives: August 2017

Love Ya Bookshop Day!


That’s a big number!

563,000 what, you say?

Well, books. 563,000 different ones, in fact. Big books, skinny books, hardbacks, paperbacks. Crime fiction, romance, cats doing funny things, how to grow vegetables on your balcony.

In 2016 there were 563,000 different titles that sold at least one copy in Australia.

If you were in a giant warehouse with 563,000 titles, how on earth would you choose one?

You wouldn’t – because your local bookshop has done this for you. Seriously. They’ve weeded through these 563,000 and carefully selected for you their best 10,000, or 20,000, or however many they hold. What’s more, if […]

2017-08-11T15:59:45+00:00 August 11th, 2017|

The 2017 Affirm Press Mentorship Award Winners Announced

Two novels and a memoir have been selected as the winning manuscripts of the 2017 Affirm Press Mentorship Award.

The authors of the winning manuscripts will receive a week’s residency and manuscript development at Varuna, the National Writers’ House in the Blue Mountains. Two members of the Affirm Press editorial team, senior editor Ruby Ashby-Orr and editor Cosima McGrath, will provide in-depth manuscript development and feedback as part of the award.

Three very different stories, all with female protagonists, make up this year’s winners.

Inheritance by Kathryn O’Connor
Eileen and Anita have never met, yet they are connected in the most intimate of […]

2017-09-05T13:37:35+00:00 August 8th, 2017|