A book by a young Australian novelist may not be a bestseller, but it will be read by millions of people around the world.
The book, The Road, was published in January by a group of young Australian writers including Emma Jones, a former editor at The Australian Financial Press and a bestselling author.
It has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide and is considered to be one of the most successful books of its kind in Australian publishing history.
The group have since sold a further six titles and have been working on their next project, The Next Book, which will be released next year.
It is a project that has drawn the attention of the government’s Intellectual Property and Consumer Protection Unit, which is investigating whether there was any breach of intellectual property rights.
“The book is a testament to the power of imagination, of talent and of the creative drive of young Australians,” said Assistant Commissioner Mark Williams.
“These young people are the ones who can tell stories that are bold and innovative.”
“It is the sort of book that people have to get up and read every day,” he said.
“You don’t just need to have a certain level of skill or the right mindset to make a book, you also need the right talent, the right environment and the right platform.”
The author, Emma Jones.
The project has been described as the “next best thing” and is being closely watched by other authors, particularly those who have been critical of the current state of the industry.
“There’s been a lot of criticism in the past couple of years that we’re still not doing enough to support the creative talents in the industry,” Ms Jones said.
The Government has been working with authors to develop strategies to promote new and emerging talent and promote the economic benefits of the book industry.
But, Ms Jones warned, it’s also time for the industry to start getting creative.
“This is about getting more creative, getting more innovative, and getting our bookstores back to their roots,” she said.
“We’re really starting to build a vibrant, vibrant, international book market, one that’s not dominated by the big publishers.”
If we can do that, we’ll be able to help our authors sell more books and give them more success.
“The Road is one of three novels that the authors are working on.
The other two are The Next Year and The Last of the Last Kind.”
It’s an amazing challenge, and it’s the sort [the group] can’t stop,” Ms Williams said.