Mary Cunnane, Editing and Consulting

Engagement and Impact: Publishing Workshops

I conduct half-day or all-day intensive workshops for writers' groups and centres, and also for university departments whose members wish to learn how to use their scholarship to write books for general readers in Australia and internationally. The Tasmanian Writers Centre; the ACT Writers Centre; a Cobargo, NSW, writing group; Macquarie University's Faculty of Arts; the University of Adelaide's School of Humanities; and the History Department of Monash University have been among my clients.

  1. Developing and Perfecting Your Book Proposal –  How to craft a compelling proposal and sample chapters to garner the interest  of agents and publishers.
  2. Publishing School – Incorporates aspects of the Book Proposal workshop but also offers an in-depth exploration of how the publishing process works – including acquisitions, editing, production, marketing, the role of agents, and rights and contracts – both in Australia and internationally.  The session finishes with an hour-long mock acquisitions and marketing meeting in which workshop participants take roles as acquisitions editors, marketing and publicity managers, and rights directors.
  3. Engagement and Impact: Writing for a General Audience – An all-day workshop combining elements of 1 and 2, but specially tailored for academic authors who wish to understand the world of international general/trade publishing and to learn how to develop their work into book projects that will appeal to  editors, agents, and general readers in Australia and New Zealand, as well as overseas.