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Alex Hammond: How I Signed A Publishing Deal

Session Info:

It took 15 years for Alex to sign a publishing deal with Penguin Books Australia. His debut novel, Blood Witness, was not the first one he’d written, not by a long shot. This session is the story of how Alex adapted his approach to becoming published, the industry insights he gleaned and lessons he learnt along the way. Time also allowed for audience Q&A.


  • The publishing process
  • Tips for focusing on goals and setting objectives
  • Analysing the end point and evaluating your outcomes
  • Approaching publishers
  • Networking
  • Handling setbacks

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