Pitch to a Publisher – July BOOKED OUT


Saturday 14 July 2018
Tutor: Sue Hines
$100 members / $140 non-members
See Course Outline below

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Publishing Workshop with Sue Hines
Saturday 14th July
Time: 10-4pm
​$100 members / $140 non members – Please read criteria below before booking.

Course Outline

We are thrilled to have publishing expert Sue Hines coming to Hunter Writers Centre. If you have a book underway this is your chance to place it in front of an experienced publisher and gain valuable advice.

Note: Novels, short stories, memoir accepted. No poetry or illustrated books.

This workshop will examine:

How do publishing houses work? What are publishers looking to publish?
Negotiating the manuscript assessment process: How to give your work its best chance of being read in-house.
Analysing and editing your first two pages.
Agents, manuscript assessment services, copyright, understanding the basics of a publishing contract. The fundamentals of good writing; basic editing and redrafting.
Self publishing versus commercial publication – have you considered all the options?

Each participant submits the first two pages of their work. These need to be selected from the page where the story, or non fiction work, actually begins (not the prologue, introduction, or contents pages, epigraph) and only two pages – double spaced, printed as one sided, single pages.

Each participant must also provide a one page synopsis of the whole work including a sentence or two about who the writer thinks the market is for eg. literary fiction readers, women fiction readers, thriller readers, fantasy readers, books for young adults etc.

The above must be submitted 2 weeks before the class so Sue can prepare.


Tutor Sue Hines

Former Group Publishing Director of Allen and Unwin and Murdoch Books. Now retired.

In a career stretching more than three decades Sue Hines has published almost every type of book for adult readers (and some for younger readers, as well).

Her first job in publishing was as an editor with McPhee Gribble Publishers in Melbourne when that company was at the forefront of innovative Australian fiction and non -fiction publishing (with such notable writers as Helen Garner, Tim Winton, and a host of other famous Australian writers on their award-winning lists). She moved to Reed Books as publisher of non-fiction books (including illustrated books) where she worked for seven years. During this time Sue was awarded the prestigious Beatrice Davis editorial fellowship which took her to New York to observe the Amercian publishing industry. Her next post was with Allen & Unwin where she had her own imprint publishing both fiction and non-fiction books. She moved on to become the company’s publishing director and later the group publishing director when Allen & Unwin acquired the illustrated publishng house Murdoch Books.
In April 2017 Sue retired from Allen & Unwin and now enjoys reading books just because she wants to not because she has to. In that long career she has published somewhere north of 1000 books including many writers who have become household names. ​

Attendees must abide by our policies in relation to this activity

Additional information

Membership Status

HWC Member, Non Member