Visiting International Publishers 2018

Meet the 2018 Visiting International Publishers and Register for Program Events

The Australia Council for the Arts is pleased to announce the twelve international publishers, editors, agents, and scouts who will be participating in the 20th year of the Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) program. The program will run alongside Sydney Writers’ Festival from 30 April – 6 May 2018.

  • Valeria Bergalli Cozzi, Publisher and Editor – editorial minúscula, Spain
  • Martin Breitfeld, Editorial Director – Verlag Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Germany
  • Arpita Das, Publisher and Co-Founder – Yoda Press, India
  • Linda Kaplan, Translation Rights Agent – Kaplan/DeFiore Rights, and DeFiore & Company Literary Management
  • Bénédicte Lombardo, Senior Acquisitions Editor – Michel Lafon Publishing, France
  • Kirsty Melville, President and Publisher – Andrews McMeel Publishing, US
  • Julie Paludan-Müller,  Senior Editor – Gyldendal, Denmark
  • Sabrina Verbeek, Acquiring Editor Fiction – De Fontein, Netherlands
  • Linda Vogt, Acquisition Editor for Fiction – Ullstein Buchverlage, Germany
  • Daniella Wexler, Editor at Atria Books – Simon & Schuster, US
  • Janie Yoon, Editorial Director – House of Anansi Press, Canada
  • Sylvie Zannier-Betts, Founder and Literary Scout – Sylvie Zannier Literary Scouting, UK

Click here  to view their full bios and areas of interest.

The 2018 VIPs represent a broad range of territories, countries, genres and formats; boutique and multinational publishers; emerging and established markets; English-language and translation markets; and those with a particular interest in diversity and First Nations writing. 

The selection of this year’s participants was made by the VIPs Committee, in collaboration with Australia Council staff.

Registration for the 2018 program events has now closed

Click here to view the full program of events for 2018.

1:1 Business meetings

To better manage the increasing demand for one-to-one business meetings with the VIPs, and ensure more targeted matches, this year the VIPs have selected the Australian publishers and agents with whom they’d like to have their meetings. 

Registrations to request a 1:1 business meeting have now closed. The VIPs have now made their selection, and meetings have been scheduled. 

About the program

Delivered alongside the Sydney Writers’ Festival, the VIPs program supports international publishers, scouts and literary agents to participate in an intensive week-long schedule of business meetings, networking events, industry forums, writers’ festival events, and panel discussions with Australian publishers and agents. The program showcases Australia’s literary talent, and promotes the sale of rights to Australian titles in international markets.

The visiting delegation will immerse themselves in Australia’s unique literary culture, share insights into global publishing trends, strengthen relationships with their Australian counterparts, and expand opportunities for Australian authors overseas.

VIPs is one of the Australia Council’s signature strategic initiatives, and this year marks the 20th anniversary of the program. Since its inception in 1998, the VIPs program has welcomed 250 international guests to Australia, from 28 countries, with more than 300 Australian titles sold into overseas markets through the program.

Well-known titles sold through VIPs include ‘Jasper Jones’ by Craig Silvey, ‘The Secret River’ by Kate Grenville, ‘The Weather Makers’ by Tim Flannery, ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak, ‘The Broken Shore’ by Peter Temple, ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ by Joan Lindsay, and ‘The Far Side of the World’ by Stephanie Bishop.

Click here to view the details of the 2017 program, and here  to view the VIPs alumni.

Program evaluation

In 2016 and 2017, the Australia Council conducted a five year longitudinal evaluation of the VIPs program from 2011-2016, which included a survey of Australian publishers and agents. The report is now available here

The evaluation revealed that for every $1 the Australia Council invests in the VIPs program, $5.45 is generated for the Australian publishing sector – a 445% return on investment.

The evaluation also revealed:

  • More than $4.1 million in rights sales has been reported over the five years ($3.8 million in direct sales to VIPs who attended, and a further $300,000 in indirect sales through referrals from VIPs to other international publishers);
  • Participation in the VIPs program in 2016 accounted for 15% of all rights sales for Australian publishers;
  • 69 Australian publishing companies and approximately 35 Australian agents and scouts have participated in VIPs over this time;
  • 88% of international publishers reported a more positive perception of Australian literature after attending VIPs.


For more information on the VIPs program, please contact Karen Le Roy on 02 9215 9054 or

The 2018 Visiting International Publishers program is delivered in partnership with the Sydney Writers’ Festival and New South Wales Writers’ Centre, and supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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