Annette Hughes is a Cooroy based author who moved to the region six years ago after a twenty year career in first Brisbane, then Sydney, in the entertainment and publishing industry. In her previous lives she has been a bookseller (Art Information: a Bookstore, Brisbane 1983-6), contemporary art dealer (Ray Hughes Gallery, Brisbane & Sydney 1981 – 1998), small publisher (Kerr Publishing, Sydney), theatrical, film and television agent (Cameron's Management, Sydney) literary agent (Cameron Creswell, Sydney) and now, author (Harper Collins Fourth Estate).
Most recently Annette was the program director of the Sunshine Coast's 2010 and 2009 Reality Bites Literary Nonfiction festival and was the RADF/AQ funded Writer in Residence of the new Cooroy learning centre until 20 December 2009, formulating and presenting the skills development and a community writing program, Regional Writes.
She is an industry expert with many years experience in publishing from every possible angle. Her skill set includes; intimate knowledge of the entertainment and publishing industries, preparation of copyright contracts in all fields, structural editing of both fiction and non-fiction, life writing, art criticism, and she assesses manuscripts for a major publisher (Allen & Unwin) and the Driftwood Manuscript Assessment Service. She has represented authors' international rights to the London Book Fair, and attended Australian literary festivals to participate in the Australia Council's VIP program (Visiting International Publishers), selling international publishing rights. She has was also contracted by the Australia Council for a research project to scope and assess opportunities for regional writing in FNQ.
She is also a trained and registered art and English teacher, and speaks on a range of subjects encompassed by her professional skills. She has appeared at the Byron Bay writers festival, Reality Bites festival (Cooroy), Sydney Writers Festival, New South Wales writers centre, and various bookshops and libraries.
Annette is currently self employed, trading as Books &Writing, providing professional services to the publishing industry and manuscript assessment services to individual emerging and established authors. But that is her day job. She much prefers to play music and write.
She is also secretary of the newly formed Sunshine Hinterland Writers' Centre Inc, and has just served 2 years as RADF committee member.