Book Publishing in a Nutshell - a Workshop with Author & Publishing Consultant Jane Lawson.

They say everyone has a book in them - that's probably true. Being that truth is stranger than fiction and all.   

So... you think you may have come up with a brilliant book idea?

What if you have?  
What's next?


'Will anyone want to publish me? How do I get it published? What is a publishing proposal? What happens during that process? How long does it take? What is an acquisition committee?  Are editors evil subversives with an aim to sabotage my work? Will the publisher rip me off? What is an advance?  How do royalties work? Can I choose my own designer? Do I need an agent? Should I self-publish? Will anyone buy my book? How much money will I make? Am I completely mad ??'  

The book publishing world can be a difficult one to navigate without being armed with a good fistful of knowledge.  I know - I've worked on both sides of the fence and painted it twice as an Editor/Managing editor/Food Director/Commissioning Editor, Publisher and an Author 10 times over during the last 20 years or so.

As an in-house publisher I commissioned and/or published many best-selling cookbooks by Australia's top chefs and food writers including Peter Gilmore's Quay,  Ben Shewry's Attica, Luke Nguyen's Songs of Sapa, Matt Wilkinson's Mr Wilkinson's Favourite Vegetables, a couple of Frank Camorra and Richard Cornish's MoVida titles, and  The Real Food Companion  by Gourmet Farmer himself -Matthew Evans - just to name a few.  Here's  a few words from some of them.

As a freelance publishing consultant I've held the hand of many potential or existing authors through the publishing process from start to finish (or simply in and out of the sometimes confusing or troublesome cracks in between...).

As an author I've written several internationally successful titles including Snowflakes and Schnapps, Zenbu Zen, Grub, Cocina Nueva, Yoshoku, A little taste of Japan and most recently - Tokyo Style Guide. Clearly food, culture and travel titles are my area of specialty but the basic publishing process is similar no matter what the genre. I'm currently supporting people writing in genres of self help, speculative fiction, health and memoirs just to mix it up!

Although I do offer private, one on one consults it comes at a premium price point. So to make things a little more accessible I've been offering small group sessions.

It's a 'General Publishing' information workshop for anyone interested in the idea of writing a book, or those who have already written a manuscript but don't know how to get published  - and even those in the thick of the process and found themselves completely bamboozled by what's expected FROM the publisher and what they should expect OF the publisher from start to finish.

I'll give an initial overview then each attendee will have the opportunity to ask any questions they wish and in answering them the group gains a wider understanding of relevant information.
Everyone leaves the session with a much clearer understanding of what is involved and why.

The workshops require 4 people to proceed and will hold a maximum of 10.

Private follow-up skype consult/advice sessions will be offered for those who wish to confidentially discuss their specific ideas in detail. I discourage class members from disclosing anything but a very general idea of their book in public.

I apologise that we couldn't hold any workshops in 2016 due to my very full schedule so I'm happy to back offering two workshops for 2017!


DATES:                Saturday 26 August  FULL
                             Saturday  21 October FULL

TIME:                   10:00 am - 2:00 pm


$235.00 per person for 4 hour workshop 

Tea & coffee, a light lunch & take away notes


Manly area, Sydney, Australia - details provided on payment


For class members only I will offer a follow up 1 hour Skype Call Consult for $125.00

(Skype Consults for between 1 - 2 hours for non-attendees of the course are $400.00)

If you would like to make a booking please contact me at 
Your spot is secured upon payment of $235 which is non-refundable unless the class does not go ahead.  Payment is transferable to a future date. 

Thank you and I look forward to helping you through this often confusing business!

Jane Lawson


Having recently had the absolute pleasure of attending Jane 

Lawson's Publishing course I really can't recommend it 


It's thoroughly unravels and demystifies the process of

putting together a good book proposal and getting the best 

chance on having your book noticed and published no 

matter what the genre and also all the realities that go with it!

Jane expertly helps you tease out your creative ideas and 

knowledgeably suggests points to consider while writing if 

you do truly wish to take that great leap forth and commit to 

publishing a book. Expect honest and constructive advice in a well thought out 

and structured course which really covers everything you will 

need to know and more. This course will go way beyond 

your expectations!


Jane Lawson’s book publishing workshop is the bargain of the year. An intimate workshop with an experienced publisher and successful cookbook author? That kind of mentorship is usually only available to the well—connected and celebrities. I could have spent months, if not years, trying to find out information that Jane imparted on me in a few focused hours. Like many people, I feel I have a book in me, and now I have a clear plan for taking my book from the concept to the signature on the dotted line. The massive amount of information was made easily palatable by Jane’s warmth and humour. Don’t miss the chance to learn from the best. 


"Thanks Jane for an insightful workshop delivered with warmth, sprinkled with humour and jam packed with tools to help me get closer to my dream of publishing my cookbook. Your straightforward approach prepared me for the journey ahead whether it be peppered with sweet success or disappointments akin to collapsed souffl├ęs."

Warm regards, 


"I feel very lucky to have been able to do a short course on book publishing with Jane. The straightforward and honest way that she generously shares her knowledge is not only invaluable, but inspiring. I came away from Book Publishing in a Nutshell armed with all the information that I feel I need, and more, to make my dream of writing a cookbook, and getting it published, a reality. Thank you."


"The workshop was great, I got a lot from it. It was good to get advice from someone with so much experience."



  1. Hi Jane - I tried emailing you re: the workshop - but it bounced back. I would like to do the May 30th slot if you still have space?

    Cheers - Penny Smith

    1. Hi Penny - yes there is still space and I'd love to have you along. That's strange about the bounce-back - apologies - not sure what that is about (unless it is the weather!). Do you want to try again in case it was just a glitch - or contact me via my facebook page ? Look forward to hearing from you. Cheers, Jane

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