Vanessa Len + Jodi McAlister + Stacey McEwan + Alex Adsett
slq The Studio
#About the event
Duration: 60 minutes
So much of how we live has been upturned by social media, but what about how we read? These authors consider the career-making potential of TikTok, the advent of impassioned online communities of readers and the future of publishing in the digital age.
Vanessa Len is a Melbourne author and educational editor of Chinese-Malaysian and Maltese heritage. Her first novel, Only a Monster, explores themes of heroism and monstrousness, and has been translated into 11 languages. The sequel, Never a Hero, will be published later this year.
Jodi is both an author and scholar of romance fiction. As an author, she's written romance novels for adults and young adults: most recently, the Marry Me, Juliet series (Simon & Schuster) and Libby Lawrence is Good at Pretending (Wakefield). As an academic, she has published two monographs and numerous articles and book chapters, and works as a Senior Lecturer in Writing, Literature and Culture at Deakin University in Melbourne.
Stacey McEwan is a school teacher by day and fantasy writer by night. She is a book influencer on multiple platforms and began writing Ledge after book lovers of the internet begged her to share her story ideas. Stacey lives on the Gold Coast, Australia with her husband, two children and one questionable dog. When Stacey isn’t writing, teaching, or making ridiculous tiktoks, you’ll find her playing with her children, reading, annoying her husband, or possibly all three at once.
Alex Adsett is a literary agent and publishing consultant with more than 25 years’ experience working in the publishing and bookselling industry. She has managed Alex Adsett Literary since 2008, and has helped thousands of authors review and negotiate their publishing deals. As an agent she represents more than 50 authors of all ages and genres, including Melissa Lucashenko, Dinuka McKenzie, Jodi McAlister, Christine Jackman, and many more. She regularly speaks on copyright and contracts around Australia, and is an alumni of the Australia Council Arts Leaders Program 2019.