We are delighted to announce the Super Book Club (SBC) at the 9th IPEd national editors conference.

What is SBC?

SBC is the book clubber’s home away from book club, or the inspiration to join one.

Time away at the conference means we are bound to miss out on reading time. We may even have to miss our book club meetings in May.

Others may not know the joy of being part of a close-knit reading community. It may be self-evident that editors are book lovers, but while many of us are active members of book clubs not all of us are able to join a reading community due to geographical barriers or work, family/caring and other commitments.

But that doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice book chat. Enter SBC.

How does it work?

We announce the book (or series), and you read it prior to the conference. Author, editor and/or publisher are invited to come along and discuss the book, focusing on a specific aspect of the editing and publication process – such as the working relationship between author and editor, ethical challenges in editing, dealing with multiple editions at once, and so on.

We are planning to present up to three SBCs, subject to confirmation. SBC-1 will focus on one or two titles in creative non-fiction, SBC-2 on popular fiction and young adult genres. SBC-3, subject to confirmation, may focus on any or all of the following: adult fiction, the use of literary tropes in contemporary romance novels and diversity (gender, race etc.) in genre fiction.

SBC is an excellent opportunity for delegates who are not able to join a book club due to their remote residence, family/caring responsibilities and other commitments to join a discussion of a recently published book or series.

a woman reads an open book on her lap
Photo by Prasanna Kumar, via Unsplash

Ground rules for SBC

1. Do I need to join or sign up for this book club?

Rule number 1 is that we don’t talk about book club outside book club. Granted, that rule is a bit circular, but we never said life is fair.

Naturally, membership of this exclusive club is reserved for conference delegates. Your ‘ticket’ is your conference registration and the secret password is ‘beyond the page’.

No need to sign up in advance, but note that these will be popular sessions at the conference. If you’re concerned about missing out, email conference2019@iped-editors.org to let us know you’re keen, and we’ll reserve a seat for you.

2. Do I have to read the book?

Ahem. Yes. (Because … ‘book club’.)

3. What about turning up if I haven’t read the book?

Sure, come anyway. Not everyone can read or finish every book, and the SBC might inspire you to read/finish it afterwards.

4. What if I don’t like the book or the way it has been edited?

Be gracious! As professionals we’re attuned to the fact that there isn’t a single way to edit, experience or interpret a book. In fact, differing opinions make for the best discussions.

SBC-2: Popular fiction

cover art for the three Lady Helen books, side by side
Lady Helen covers courtesy of HarperCollins Publishers Australia.

Conference session: Friday, 10 May 2019

Books: Lady Helen series (HarperCollins): book 1: Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club, book 2: Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact, book 3: Lady Helen and the Dark Days Deceit 

Moderator: Toni Jordan

Author: Alison Goodman

Publisher: Lisa Berryman, HarperCollins Publishers Australia

SBC focus discussion: Editing a trilogy for three different markets and straddling the genres of historical fiction and fantasy fiction

In this SBC session, join moderator Toni Jordan in discussion with author Alison Goodman and publisher Lisa Berryman about the challenges of writing and editing the Lady Helen series, a Regency/supernatural trilogy that mixes historical accuracy with a complex magic system. Three separate publishing houses (each in a different territory) provided editorial input to the series prior to publication.

The series has been described as ‘a mesmerising marriage between Regency romance and urban fantasy that is both impeccably researched and wonderfully paced’. Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club (Book 1) received a gong for Notable Book in the 2017 Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards and Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact (Book 2) was Winner of the 2016 Aurealis Awards, Best Young Adult Novel. Lady Helen and the Dark Days Deceit (Book 3) was published in late 2018 amid heightened anticipation from Lady Helen fans.

Conference delegates are invited to read the Lady Helen series in advance of the SBC – if you’re time-poor read book 1, Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club (NB. spoiler alert).

About the author

Alison Goodman is the author of seven novels, including her most recent release, Lady Helen and the Dark Days Deceit, the final novel in her award-winning Regency supernatural trilogy, and EON and EONA, a New York Times bestselling fantasy duology. Alison is currently working on a new Regency series and has embarked on a PhD exploring the Regency era through historical fiction research.

Website: www.darkdaysclub.com
Twitter: @AlisonGoodman

About the publisher

Lisa Berryman has been the children’s publisher at HarperCollins Publishers Australia for 19 years. She publishes a wide range of titles, from picture books to young adult titles. Lisa has also worked in children’s television at the Australian Children’s Television Foundation and taught Editing and Publishing at RMIT in Melbourne.

About the moderator

Toni Jordan is the author of five novels, including the international best-seller Addition (2008) and the Indie award-winning Nine Days (2012). Her latest novel is The Fragments (2018).

side by side images of Alison Goodman, Lisa Berryman and Toni Jordan
L–R: Alison Goodman, Lisa Berryman, Toni Jordan

Details for SBC 1 and 3 will be revealed soon, pending confirmation.

Lead image: Photo by Eli Francis, via Pixabay.