Monday, January 08, 2007

Praise for Australia's Text Publishing

A number of Australian readers have lauded Text Publishing of Melbourne for its efforts to get Australian crime fiction into the hands of overseas readers. The company has published Peter Temple's first two Jack Irish novels in a single volume, for instance, as well as Dead Set by Kel Robertson. Its list also includes crime fiction, non-crime fiction and non-fiction from other countries, Saskia Noort's The Dinner Club, for one.

But what really attracted me on the company's Web site was its far-flung list of contacts for publishers interested in acquiring foreign distribution rights for the company's titles. The list runs alphabetically from the Baltic region to Turkey, the U.K. and the U.S. From the looks of the site, the company appears to take seriously the job of making Australian writing familiar overseas. Readers of this blog will know I think that's a good thing.

© Peter Rozovsky 2007

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