Ask About… YA Publishing Event

Attention all aspiring novelists! Do you dream of one day seeing your novel in a bookstore, in a library, or being read by a total stranger at a train station? Do you sweat tears and blood working night and day, drafting WIP after WIP? Or perhaps you are busy polishing off your final draft like the undiscovered diamond it is. Perhaps, you have a manuscript ready to go!

The publishing industry can be daunting to navigate. It is easy to be uncertain of where to go or what to do next. Here, at the YA Room, we are proud to announce a very exciting opportunity – Ask About… YA Publishing.  Join us on the 15 November at The Wheeler Centre to gain some pro-tips from Shivaun Plozza, author of Tin Heart, and Michelle Madden, Commissioning Editor at Penguin Random House.

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to gain firsthand insight into your future career! We cannot wait to see you all there!


Shivaun Plozza

Shivaun Plozza is the author of ‘Frankie’ (2016) and ‘Tin Heart’ (2018). She’s also been published in anthologies and journals, and works as a freelance editor and manuscript assessor.

Her critically acclaimed debut novel, Frankie, was a CBCA Notable Book, shortlisted for the Inky Awards, Highly Commended at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and won the YA category of the Davitt Awards. Her second novel, Tin Heart, was released in March 2018. Her short story ‘The Point’ is part of Where the Shoreline Used to Be, an anthology of YA fiction, and recently her footy-themed children’s story ‘The Challenge’ was part of Speccy-tacular: AFL Stories. Other short works have appeared in Above WaterVivid and The Victorian Writer. 

Michelle Madden

Michelle Madden has been a Commissioning Editor at Penguin Random House since 2002. Penguin Random House is an international home to nearly 250 editorially and creatively independent publishing imprints. Michelle’s list covers fiction and non-fiction, including YA and adult cross-over, speculative fiction, middle-reader fiction (in particular series fiction), picture books, verse novels and illustrated fiction and non-fiction for children.

Where and When


15 November 2018 – 6:00 to 7:30 PM


The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, 3000

Event Fee(s)

Concession member $ 18.00
Member $ 25.00
Non-member $ 40.00

Don’t miss out! Book Now!


The Great Treasure Hunt

Want a chance to win a free ticket?

To win, one of three tickets, all you need to do is discover a Treasure Card, which we have hidden all around Melbourne CBD. But fear not, we will make it easy for you.

One can be found inside Readings State Library, one inside Embiggen Books and one inside Robinsons Emporium. Easy right?

All you have to do is:


Find a Treasure Card



Snap a cute (or not so cute) selfie,

with you and the card



 Post it on Instagram, with the hashtag

TheYARoom, to win!


Remember, there are three cards to find and therefore, there are three chances to win. The hunt starts at 3pm Friday 2nd November, and ends Sunday evening.

Happy hunting from all of us at The YA Room xox



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