About Us

Our Staff

Juliet Rogers – CEO

Juliet Rogers has had a career in the book publishing industry in both New Zealand and Australia. She was Managing Director of Random House NZ, a position she held for some nine years before migrating across the Tasman and becoming Managing Director of Random House Australia. From 2002 to 2011, Juliet was CEO of Murdoch Books and since leaving that role has been running her own business, The Wild Colonial Company, publishing books, high-end gift stationery and mentoring and consulting within the wider book industry. Juliet chaired Booksellers New Zealand for a number of years and was President of the Australian Publishers Association for three years until 2009. She has also been Chair of the book industry charity, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation for the past five years.

Olivia Lanchester - Legal Services Manager

Olivia is an intellectual property lawyer and freelance editor. Prior to joining the ASA, she was a Senior Associate in private practice. Olivia is experienced in drafting and reviewing copyright licences and conducts the ASA's contract assessment service in partnership with the Arts Law Centre. She also writes our regular "Ask the ASA" column. Olivia is deeply interested in copyright law reform, is an avid reader and is passionate about helping writers and illustrators understand and optimise their contracts.

Emily Banyard – Marketing and Communications Manager

Emily recently returned to Australia after a varied career in UK publishing where she held positions in trade publishing and magazines. Her previous role was at award-winning arts consultancy FMcM Associates where she worked directly with individual authors and illustrators, publishing houses, literature festivals, books fairs, prizes, charities and arts organisations. Emily is extremely passionate about writing and working alongside authors.

Laurine Croasdale – Professional Development Officer

Laurine has had a long career in publishing, working as an editor, packager and consultant in both Australia and the UK. She has written scripts for the television show Hi5 and had over 15 fiction and non-fiction books published for children. Her latest book, iHarry, was released by Penguin in 2011. Laurine also tutors at the Sydney Writer’s Centre and the NSW Writer’s Centre, and presents workshops to schools via video conference with Literature Live!

Lauren Anderson – Administration Officer

Lauren has a background in editing, publishing, research and administration, having held positions at the Australian Financial Review, Harper Voyager, UTS Writers’ Anthology and the School of Teacher Education, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Communications (Writing and Cultural Studies) from UTS.

Honourary positions

Christina Booth – State Rep Tasmania

Christina Booth is an award winning illustrator and author for children. With more than 17 books published, Christina works full-time from her bush studio just outside Launceston in Tasmania. Christina started her career illustrating poetry for Colin Thiele, Max Fatchen and Christobel Mattingley and loves that she "colours-in" for a living. Christina is the author of Welcome Home, Kip, Potato Music and Purinia, A Devil's Tale.

Sheryl Gwyther – State Rep Queensland

Sheryl Gwyther is a published author of children’s books and short stories for adults. She held a position on the ASA Board of Directors for two years, and is the Queensland representative for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Sheryl is a past recipient of two ASA Mentorships, two May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Fellowships, and a SCBWI International Work-of-Outstanding-Promise Award. She is a long-term advocate for writers and illustrators, literacy and literature.

Glennys Marsdon – State Rep WA

Glennys's passion for writing began in the 1980s while working for the Australian Red Cross where she produced the Youth Magazine on an old ink press. Her first book 50 Ways To Grieve Your Lover was used in the Victorian Bush Fires, along with the New Zealand Pike Mine Disaster and continues to sell internationally. As a result she was profiled in US guru Seth Godin's book about people making a difference. She now contributes to a number of publications, has produced two more books To ePublish or not to ePublish and Me Time: 100 strategies for guilt free Me Time, while her blog The Ponder Room is now read in over 40 countries.

Tamara Martin – State Rep SA

Writing both women's commercial fiction and children's adventure fantasy around her day job, Tamara doesn't know the meaning of downtime. She is currently querying her second book while editing her third and finishing the first draft of her fourth. She lives in Adelaide with her Australian Terrier, Jess and when she does take a break from the computer, she'll have her nose in a book, her bum in a movie theatre where she'll be stuffing her face with popcorn or you'll catch her on Rundle Street gorging on noodles.

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