PANZ News 26th November
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  • Global Education Systems –Kiwi reading resources that sell worldwide
  • PANZ networking event a success
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards reminder
  • Registrations open for 2014 Asia Pacific Animation Education Summit 
  • International Comics Festival in France call for publishers of comics and graphic novels
  • Australian, NZ authors on IMPAC Dublin 2015 longlist 
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Global Education Systems –Kiwi reading resources that sell worldwide

Tracy Strudley (left) and Jill Eggleton pictured visiting school children in South Africa

Educator and children’s author Jill Eggleton, and Tracy Strudley, sales and marketing director are the two dynamic women who, as Global Education Systems, create reading and learning resources and market their products internationally.
Next year they will make their presence felt in the trade market with a brand new range of products for pre-school learning called Bud-e.
Tracking back to the publishing company’s beginning, Key Links, their reading resources series, was begun by Jill in 2004, and gained momentum when Tracy brought her international educational sales marketing skills to the company in 2006.
Their major educational series in the reading resource field – Key Links, has collections of texts for shared, guided and independent reading, including teacher resources, for students from 5 to 10 plus years.
Global Education Systems has a further unique resource for peer group reading, called Into Connectors and Connectors. This resource is based on extensive research that cites the phenomenal success that peer reading has in lifting student’s comprehension levels.
A spread from Change Happens  a Global Education Systems Key Links title written by Jill Eggleton and published by Scholastic.

Jill and Tracy are both powerhouses in their specialist areas. Jill is a noted educator with a worldwide reputation in teaching reading and she also undertakes professional development for educators with overseas seminars.

Plus, Jill is the author of around 90 percent of all the stories, texts and resources!

“I’ve been doing it a long time,” says Jill of their educational publishing. “We have a good reputation and people trust us to adhere to the curriculum system in their countries, and to give support.”

Tracy comes from a trade and educational sales product background with a major international publisher. Her success has been to sell the Global Education Systems product into several major markets – America, UK, Canada, South Africa and now into many Asian markets.
All this Global Education Systems material going to the local and international markets and you don’t recall seeing a single GES colophon? That is because GES sells their resource products to other established publishers… here in New Zealand and also in Australia, Canada and the UK that publisher is Scholastic. TWP Digital are the Singapore publishers, and there’s Gill and Macmillan in Ireland, Abrams Learning Trends and Heinemann in the US, Nelson Education and Cheneliere in Canada plus Juta in South Africa.
Despite all the different publisher names distributing the company’s books, Global Education Systems is always acknowledged on the imprint page. Via a production broker in New Zealand, books are printed in Hong Kong for each market’s order, and dispatched from there.
Tracy reckons she spends a third of her year travelling to overseas markets to represent the company and work with clients. Jill is also happy to climb on a plane as needed, and they are both heading to the Texan city of Austin in January to do a training seminar for US sales reps on selling their learning materials to the American market. This extra effort they are happy to make has led to great relationships with overseas colleagues.

Taking educational publishing to trade success

While the core business ticks over, Jill and Tracy are about to launch GES’ entry into the trade market next March with a whole new interactive world of electronic media, apps and conventional product called Bud-e, aimed at the anxious parent market for kids who are keen to learn to read, but too young to go to school.
Bud-e is a friendly little space alien who finds himself on Earth and opens up the world of reading for kids with a comprehensive literacy game.
GES have teamed with gaming studio Custard Square to enter this engaging and carefully crafted new world of augmented reality. Products will range from little books at $6.99 to picture flats at $19.99 and phone apps that reads the text if you scan it over the book. Bud-e Reading World app is their premium comprehensive product which promises to delight and engage young readers.
Just as importantly, the New Zealand book trade is right behind this launch, with Bud-e (from the world of Bubble-o) to be stocked by Whitcoulls, Paper Plus and The Warehouse Stationery.”Game elements to entertain children, but with a purpose,” notes Tracy.
Again, this product – 60 small books, seven ancillary books, and around 150 apps so far – is making its presence felt internationally. Tracy has interest from, and is currently negotiating with Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore at government level and also with USA publishers.
In New Zealand Bud-e is represented by South Pacific Books, who get a big tick from Tracy because of their in depth knowledge of this area of the market.
On the story side, Jill decided that children needed to be captured into the reading world. So tapping into their hunger for imagination, she created the world of Bubblo from where Bud-e fell. Jill believes that stories need the right elements to spark a love of reading and the creation of an imaginary world - within the bounds of possibility to some degree - provides the right elements for capturing young readers.

Going boldly…

For even a well established and successful firm like GES, the investment in this new area has been ‘quite brave’ – surely an understatement! “We have researched for several years and are confident there is not only a gap, but for children and families, a real need in this market,” Tracy says.
“Bud-e is the new baby in our product portfolio, and that of our partners Custard Square. We are thrilled to see the enjoyment on children’s faces and those of their parents as they navigate their way around the Bud-e Reading app, read the book, engage in poetry, alphabet raps and enjoy literacy games,” says Tracy. “Bud-e motivates young children to want to learn to read!”

Miles Poynton star attraction at PANZ networking event

Melanie Laville-Moore reports:

The New Zealand Allen & Unwin team were delighted to open their doors last week for the latest PANZ networking event in Auckland. It was terrific to see that the opportunity to catch up and share a glass of wine was taken up by approximately 20 of our membership.
Star attraction for the evening was Miles Poynton, Faber’s International Sales & Digital Director who was visiting New Zealand from London. Reflecting on the pace of change for the industry here in New Zealand, but overseas too, was very much at the forefront of discussions, and it was refreshing to hear Miles talk candidly about the Faber experience. In particular, the many ways in which this leading UK independent has tackled the changing environment head-on.

Top of the list was Faber Factory (of which there are now several New Zealand sign-ups), and it was interesting to hear how a genuine spirit of collaboration, and a willingness to help and work with other smaller independent publishers, later evolved into something that has become such a major force for ebook sales and distribution. It was this same ethos that saw the formation of the Independent Alliance in the UK (managed through Faber); a bold and award-winning initiative that has led to enhanced sales and presence with partner companies across UK book retailers.
Finding new ways of reaching out to readers and audiences has been a key priority for Faber, and the development of the Faber Social has added a whole new dimension to the ways in which the company now engages with authors, but more importantly, the readers for its books. It helps of course when you have such a widely recognised brand to start with, a penchant for cool, and an A class list of musical, and other popular culture authors (Morrissey, Van Morrison or Jarvis Cocker anyone?)! Measuring the success or even the book sales from this type of initiative is harder to gauge, but listening to Miles, it was clear that the company was having a whole lot of fun in the process. To get a flavour for it, it’s worth checking out the website for more details:
Miles rounded off a pleasant evening, by re-stating the benefits of seeking out partnerships and collaboration across our businesses – an interesting segue for underlining the usefulness of PANZ networking events. If your business would like to be the next host – do let us know!

Storylines Notable Book Awards submissions close 30 November

Storylines remind New Zealand publishers that submissions for the Storylines Notable Book Awards for books published in 2014, including ebook submissions, must be received by 30 November.

Categories are: Picture Book, Junior Fiction, Young Adult and Non Fiction with up to ten awards in each category.

For details click here.

Register now for the 2014 Asia Pacific Animation Education Summit

New Zealand’s reputation as a major player in the global animation industry will take another leap forward next month as it hosts the country’s first-ever Asia Pacific Animation Education Summit.
Held at Wellington’s Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa on 5 December, the world-class event is the brainchild of Weta Workshop, ACG Yoobee School of Design and the Beijing Film Academy. Themed ‘Where Technologies Meet Art’, the Summit aims to showcase success, share best practice and stimulate debate and evaluation of today’s animation education.
Sir Richard Taylor, Creative Director, Weta Workshop, Paul Tobin, Senior Concept Designer at Weta Workshop, Csaba Nehez, Head of Production/TV Animation for Flux Animation, Ian Taylor from Animation Research Limited, and Professor Sun Lijun of the Beijing Film Academy and Animation School are among the line-up of inspirational guest speakers.  Delegates from China, across Asia and Australasia will attend.  
Registrations for the Asia Pacific Animation Education Summit close on 28 November.
Click here to register.  ENZ is one of the sponsors of the event. 


Angoulême 42 call for Comic and Graphic Novel publishers

The Angoulême 42nd International Comics Festival is looking for Comic and Graphic novel publishers interested in exhibiting at the Rights and Licensing Market being held during the festival.

Running from 29 January – 1 February 2015 in Angoulême, France, the International Comics Festival, the largest of its kind in Europe, plays host to exhibitors, publishers, professionals and artists from all over the world.

The Rights and Licensing Market provides a strategic locations for authors, copyright holders and agents to find new opportunities.

Full details here or Contact Jean Luc Bittard
Tel +33 5 45 97 86 51


Australian, NZ authors on IMPAC Dublin 2015 longlist

Four titles by Kiwi authors and 10 from Australian writers are longlisted for the 2015 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
New Zealand nominations are:
  • The Luminaries (Eleanor Catton, Granta)
  • The Last Days of the National Costume (Anne Kennedy, A&U)
  • The Infinite Air (Fiona Kidman, Vintage)
  • The Disestablishment of Paradise (Phillip Mann, Victor Gollancz).
 Books by Australian authors on the longlist are:
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Richard Flanagan, Vintage)
  • Burial Rites (Hannah Kent, Picador)
  • Mullumbimby (Melissa Lucashenko, UQP)
  • Coal Creek (Alex Miller, A&U)
  • The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion, Text)
  • Barracuda (Christos Tsiolkas, A&U)
  • Eyrie (Tim Winton, Penguin)
  • Cairo (Chris Womersley, Scribe)
  • The Swan Book (Alexis Wright, Giramondo)
  • The Childhood of Jesus (J M Coetzee) 
The shortlist for the 2015 award will be announced on 15 April and the winner will be announced on 17 June.
A total of 142 books were nominated for the 2015 award by libraries in 39 different countries. This year’s longlist includes 49 novels that have been translated into English and 29 debut novels. The compete longlist is available online here.
The International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is worth €100,000 (A$144,415), making it the most valuable prize for a novel published in English. 


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