Open House with Pantera Press

Friday 12 August 2022, 9:30am-3:30pm

This opportunity is open to Writing NSW members only. Not a member? Join here>>

Expressions of interest are now closed. Join our waitlist to find out about future Open House events.

Price: $45, exclusively open to Writing NSW members

Please note, you must have a completed manuscript to enrol.

How does a publishing house work? Ever wondered how a publisher decides whether or not to commission a work? Interested in getting feedback on your submission so you have a better chance of getting published?

On Friday 12 August 2022, Pantera Press, a boutique Australian publishing house with a focus on finding and developing the next generation of talented Australian storytellers, will be in residence at Writing NSW.

Meet the team from Pantera Press as they take you through the steps to publishing a book: from the submissions process through to editing, marketing, digital and publicity. The morning will comprise a series of panels with the Pantera Press directors, editorial team, marketing and comms staff, as well as genre-specific breakout groups.

In the afternoon there will be an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a member of the editorial team to gain invaluable feedback on your submission.

Submissions will be read by Pantera Press prior to the day. Each one-on-one 10-minute meeting will offer constructive feedback on your submission, including advice on refining your draft, genre categorisation, appropriate length, etc.

Pantera Press are actively seeking well-written fiction and non-fiction, with best-seller potential and international appeal, from talented authors who have a passion for writing and more than one great book in them:
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Cross-over Literary Fiction
  • Commercial Women’s Fiction
  • Rom-Com
  • Crime
  • Cosy Crime
  • Thriller/Mystery
  • Domestic Noir
  • Historical Fiction
  • Commercial Narrative Non-Fiction
  • Personal Development
  • Memoir
  • Gift
  • Commercial Non-Fiction
At this time, they are not accepting picture or illustrated books, young adult fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, cookbooks, travel books, poetry, play scripts, short stories, compilations, chapter books or children’s books. 

Please note, you must have a completed manuscript to enrol.

Got questions?

If you have any questions about the event, please read our FAQ>>

How do I enrol?

1. Return to this page on 30 May 2022 to submit the expression of interest form.

2. You will need to submit your name, contact details and the genre of your manuscript. Enrolments will close when we have filled all places. This event books out quickly!

3. You must be available on Friday 12 August for the morning panel sessions and one-on-one appointments.

4. If we are able to offer you a place, we will email you with payment details. You will need to pay within 48 hours to secure your place. If you do not pay the invoice within 48 hours, your place will be offered to another writer. Please note: we do not provide credit/refunds for this event.

Please note: Submitting an expression of interest form does not guarantee you a place. We will confirm the outcome of your submission within 48 hours.

This opportunity is open to Writing NSW members only. Not a member? Join here>>

If I receive a place in the event, what will I need to submit?

If enrolled, you will need to submit the following by Monday 11 July 2022, 5pm.

Once we have emailed you and you have paid the invoice to secure your place for Open House, you can submit the first 6,500 words of your manuscript to us.

You will need to submit one Word document as follows:

  • the document name is your name (ie. Jane Doe.doc)
  • a one-page synopsis of your work, up to 300 words (need help with your synopsis? Please see our guide to writing a synopsis)
  • a short note about yourself as a writer including why you love to write (maximum 150 words
  • in word format: size 12, time new roman font, double spacing
  • with page numbers.

Your submission must be received by Monday 11 July 2022, 5pm.

Reminder: we will be opening for Expressions of Interest at 10am on Monday 30 May 2022. Please note this date in your diary.

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