About Us

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Affirm Press is an independent Melbourne-based publisher dedicated to publishing great Australian stories, big ideas, and the most engaging local and international authors.

We publish a broad range of non-fiction books and a select list of fiction. We love nothing more than nurturing Australian writers. In 2017 we added a brilliant list for younger readers.

We’re interested in building relationships, not one-offs, and we’re driven by finding creative ways of publishing and promoting each of our titles. We’re a close-knit and supportive team, which means each Affirm Press book is lovingly chaperoned through every step of the publishing process.

As well as being Australia’s fastest growing publisher, we also like to think we’re the most optimistic and we love books that ‘influence by delight’. We see opportunities in the changing publishing industry and distinguish ourselves through editorial commitment and a strong focus on sales and marketing.

Our in-house sales staff are supported by the dynamic team at Hachette Australia and New Zealand and our titles are distributed by Alliance Distributions Services. We currently represent two international publishing houses in Australia and New Zealand: Orenda Books (London) and The Experiment (NYC). We sell rights to overseas publishers, audio and film producers, and have a partnership with the prestigious Kaplan/DeFiore Rights Agency (NYC).

Affirm Press acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians of Australia, and the people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of the place we now live and work called Melbourne.

Meet the Team

Martin Hughes

Martin Hughes

Publishing Director (and CEO)

Assumes the task of overseeing this whole enterprise yet can’t reconcile his own expenses.

Was at Lonely Planet and The Big Issue before starting Affirm Press.

His amusing animated outbursts have led to speculation about a TV series, titled ‘Hughsey Loses It’.

Keiran Rogers

Keiran Rogers

Sales and Marketing Director

Inauspicious start to publishing life when Keiran’s parents failed to spot the typo in his first name. Formerly at Hardie Grant and Hinkler, he could sell ice to Eskimos but can’t see the upside in this economic climate.

Loves Whitney Houston, suffers fools gladly, and has an embarrassing collection of novelty fishing paraphernalia.

Grace Breen

Grace Breen

Publicity and Marketing Manager

Came to Affirm Press from The Australian Ballet.

Though yet to do a pirouette, she can do a creepy ‘Happy Birthday’ dance that never fails to impress.

With the name of an Irish rebel, she refuses to be tamed – and will eat her muesli at her desk whenever she damn well wants.

Ruby Ashby-Orr

Ruby Ashby-Orr

Senior Editor

Goes from ‘serious editor’ to life of the party as soon as the clock strikes five and the Macquarie hits the desk.

Bespectacled to bedraggled in the blink of an eye.

Her entire body wags when she’s having fun.

Steph Bishop-Hall

Steph Bishop-Hall

Publishing and Production Coordinator

Taswegian tough, ‘Little Boss’ is somehow sensible and edgy.

Suggests a hip-hop or basketball book at every single acquisitions meeting.

Gets way too excited about cover embellishments and paper stocks.

Cosima McGrath

Coco McGrath

Assistant Editor

Ooh-ah Cosima ‘Coco’ McGrath hails from sunny Brisbane.

She played international cricket back in the day and one time Ian Healy said she was a good bowler – true story.

Can balance bottles of wine on her head and dance at the same time. Passionate about pasta and Andy Murray.

Clair Hume

Clair Hume

Commissioning Editor, Kids

Hoarder of beautiful things and owner of a dog named Dave.

Started her publishing career guest starring in Australian classic kids book, ‘Are we There Yet?’ before stopping in Port Douglas to work as an underwater photographer.

Davina Bell

Davina Bell

Senior Editor, Kids

Author, editor, infuriating
over-achiever with impeccable chair-dancing skills, who is also a dab-hand at drawing a map of Australia freehand.

Kills indoor plants on the side.

Emily Ashenden

Emily Ashenden

Marketing, Sales and Publicity Assistant

‘Emski’ had magnets inserted under the skin of her left index finger and thumb to help with admin tasks. No wonder it’s tough breaking into publishing!

Regularly shocks other staff with her cold, tinned lunch selections, often eaten straight from the can. Also enjoys plain, cold pasta.

Staff photo credit: Jasmina Marjanovic

AFFIRM PRESS

28 Thistlethwaite Street
South Melbourne  VIC  3205

Ph: (03) 8695 9623
Email: [email protected]

Alliance Distribution Services

Ph: (02) 4390 1300
Email: [email protected]

Grace Breen
Publicity and Marketing Manager

Ph: (03) 8695 9619
Email: [email protected]

Keiran Rogers
Sales and Marketing Director

Ph: (03) 8695 9639
Email: [email protected]

Keiran Rogers
Sales and Marketing Director

Ph: (03) 8695 9639
Email: [email protected]