Event Recap / First Friday with Dr Jan Zwar

Dr Jan Zwar joined us for First Friday to discuss and dissect the findings of Macquarie University’s 2022 National Survey of Australian Authors.

First Friday, our monthly conversation with an industry professional, is a chance for our community to learn more about the writing and publishing industry. This March, we invited you to our online event with Dr Jan Zwar, faculty research manager at Macquarie Business School.

Watch the Zoom recording here.

Macquarie University’s 2022 National Survey of Australian Authors investigates the experiences of Australian authors in the contemporary national and international book industry. It examines authors’ experiences of publishing, promotional strategies, changes in income, and copyright infringement. It also examines whether authors are changing their creative and work practices in response to shifts in the industry. Catch up on our First Friday Zoom recording to hear Dr Jan Zwar, and Writing NSW CEO, Jane McCredie, as they discuss and dissect the findings of this important project.

Explore the rest of our conversations with other First Friday guests on our YouTube channel

Dr Jan Zwar is faculty research manager in the Macquarie Business School and a co-researcher on projects with Professor David Throsby and Dr Paul Crosby, Department of Economics, examining changes in Australia’s book industry. Their most recent project was a 2022 national survey of Australian book authors. The research was funded by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Copyright Agency. A study of international rights sales and export of Australian-authored books, led by Dr Crosby, was released in 2021. Dr Zwar was a Postdoctoral Fellow on an ARC project ‘The Australian book industry: Authors, publishers and readers in a time of change’ led by Professor David Throsby. In 2015 she served as a member of the judging panel for the business stream of the Australian Book Industry Awards. In 2013 she assisted the Book Industry Collaborative Council in drafting their final report on the future of Australia’s book industry.

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