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Author Biographies

Susanne Bartscher-Finzer

Susanne Bartscher-Finzer was a Visiting Academic at the School of Business of the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2012 and 2016. During this time, she undertook research in the publishing industry. In Germany, she is a Professor of Human Resource Management at the University of Applied Sciences in Kaiserslautern. Her research interests and publications focus primarily on Human Resource Strategies in different industries.

David Carter

David Carter is Professor of Australian Literature and Cultural History at the University of Queensland. His new book, Australian Books and Authors in the American Marketplace, 1840s–1940s, co-authored with Roger Osborne, will be released by Sydney University Press later in 2017.

Mark Davis

Mark Davis researches and teaches in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne.

Katherine Day

Katherine Day has been working in the publishing industry for over fifteen years. She was an editor at Penguin Group Australia for eight years before freelancing for Penguin Random House, Allen and Unwin, University of Queensland Press, Rockpool Publishing, and Thames and Hudson. She is currently a sessional course coordinator and lecturer in the School of Culture and Communications at the University of Melbourne. Her areas of interest are the business of publishing and the impact of copyright law on the author–publisher relationship.

Michelle Kelly

Dr Michelle Kelly is the Senior Research Officer and Project Manager of ‘Australian Cultural Fields: National and Transnational Dynamics’, a Discovery Project funded by the Australian Research Council (DP140101970). Her research interests include reading practices; libraries; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature; contemporary fiction; Australian literature; and publishing. She is co-editor of ‘Transforming cultures? From Creative Nation to Creative Australia, a special section of Media International Australia (2016), and the volume The Politics and Aesthetics of Refusal (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007). She has published in Australian Literary Studies, Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge, M/C Journal, and several edited collections. She is based at the Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University, Australia.

Aaron Mannion

Aaron Mannion is associate publisher at Vignette Press. He is deputy chair of the Small Press Network and co-convener of the Independent Publishing Conference’s academic day. His work has been published in Wet Ink, The Sleepers Almanac, Island and elsewhere.

Sophie Masson

French-Australian writer Sophie Masson is the award-winning and internationally-published author of over sixty books for children, young adults and adults. Sophie is also a founding partner and co-director of Christmas Press, a boutique publishing house founded in 2013. Sophie has a Master’s degree in French and English literature from the University of New England, and she is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Practice at the same university.

Alexandra Payne

Alexandra Payne is the Non-fiction Publisher at UQP, one of Australia’s most respected independent publishing houses. She has worked in book publishing since 1995. At UQP, Alexandra focuses on publishing books that will inform, move and challenge readers. She is also undertaking a doctorate at QUT, investigating the future of the publisher.

Emmett Stinson

Emmett Stinson is a Lecturer in English and Writing at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is the author of Satirizing Modernism (2017).

David Throsby

David Throsby is Distinguished Professor of Economics at Macquarie University. His current research interests include the economic circumstances of creative artists, culture in sustainable economic development, heritage economics, the creative industries, and the relationships between economic and cultural policy. His recent books include Economics and Culture (2001), which has been translated into eight languages, and The Economics of Cultural Policy (2010), both published by Cambridge University Press.

Millicent Weber

Millicent Weber is a researcher in the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, where she is part of the Publishing and Communication program and the Research Unit in Public Cultures. She completed her PhD, a sociology of literary festivals, at Monash University in 2016. Her book, Literary Festivals and Contemporary Book Culture, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018.

Jan Zwar

From 2014 to 2016, Dr Jan Zwar was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow on research funded by the Australian Research Council and Macquarie University, ‘The Australian Book Industry: Authors, Publishers and Readers in a Time of Change’. The project was headed by Professor David Throsby, Department of Economics. In 2013 she assisted the Book Industry Collaborative Council with their final report on the future of Australia’s book industry.

Publishing Means Business

   by Aaron Mannion, Millicent Weber and Katherine Day