Visiting International Publishers Program – Committee

The Australia Council is pleased to announce the new committee of industry representatives for the 2017 Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) program.

Delivered by the Australia Council, the VIPs program strengthens relationships between Australian publishers and agents and their international counterparts, showcases Australia’s literary talent, and promotes the sale of Australian titles in international markets. 

The committee members were selected on the basis of their extensive industry expertise and international market knowledge, representing a range of skills and experience across the Australian publishing industry. Having worked in smaller independent publishing houses, large multinational publishing houses, literary agencies, and in publicity; they have strong connections internationally, and most importantly are passionate about Australian writers and writing.

Responsibilities of the committee include:

  • Selecting the 2017 VIPs;
  • Assistance with planning and events for the program, including the industry forum;
  • Hosting the VIPs throughout their time in Sydney; and
  • Promoting the program internationally to encourage applications from potential VIPs.

The new committee members are:

Anne Beilby – Rights Manager

Anne Beilby – Rights Manager, Text Publishing

Anne Beilby is the Rights Manager at Text Publishing. She is responsible for all contracts—acquisitions, sales, film and audio. She has attended numerous international trade Fairs including Frankfurt, Bologna, Taipei & London Book Fairs since joining Text in 2004. 

Gaby Naher – Director, The Naher Agency

Gaby is the director of The Naher Agency and represents a range of quality fiction and non-fiction for adult readers. Her clients include Stella-prize-winning Heather Rose, and New York Times #1 bestseller, Candice Fox. Prior to establishing The Naher Agency in May 2008, Gaby worked as a literary agent, publicist and bookseller in Sydney, London and New York. She is the author of four books and has a Doctorate of Creative Arts.

Fiona Henderson – Publishing Director

Fiona Henderson – Publishing Director, Simon & Schuster

Fiona Henderson has more than 25 years’ experience as a successful trade publisher, head of publishing and editor at Transworld, Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette and Affirm Press. She has published many Australian bestsellers over the years, from memoirs like Almost French, Holy Cow! and Salvation Creek to the highly acclaimed novel based on the life of artist Elizabeth Gould, The Birdman’s Wife. Fiona has also acquired rights for a procession of international titles that went on to become local bestsellers. She publishes both non-fiction and fiction. Fiona was appointed Publishing Director at Simon & Schuster Australia in April this year.



The Australia Council would like to thank the outgoing committee members, Wenona Byrne, Jacinta di Mase and Ben Ball, for their hard work and commitment to the program over the last four years.

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