Yarra Bend Press
The Bachelor of Writing and Publishing’s Yarra Bend Press is located within the degree at NMIT’s Fairfield Campus at Yarra Bend Road. Yarra Bend Press engages students in authentic projects with commercially defined outcomes while facilitating industry and peer to peer consultation including workshops, functions and seminars. Yarra Bend Press operates as a live work studio providing students with an indepth understanding of the workings of a publishing house through the delivery of real production based experiences. By giving students the opportunity to be involved in producing commercial quality publications aimed at enhancing their future academic and employment possibilities, Yarra Bend Press addresses the problem of diminishing work experience opportunities within the publishing sector.
Yarra Bend Press student based activities include work flow management and the coordination of all aspects of production related activities; acquisition and maintenance of commercial publishing opportunities from the tertiary, public and private sectors; selection and liaison with suppliers in a professional capacity; maintenance of financial and business records associated with studio activities; liaison with clients, suppliers and industry representatives; development of an online presence as a vital tool in the promotion of live work folios for potential employment; the planning, development and production of a range of print and digitally-based publishing projects; estimation, print production, process and control; researching, cataloging, ordering and recording ISBN, CiP, and copyright issues
Yarra Bend Press also instructs students on day to day publishing issues including: dealing with authors; editing practices; design principles; typesetting; digital v traditional printing; book structure; numbering; imprints; rights and responsibilities; legal deposits; barcode and DW Thorpe; press releases; advertising; promotion; selling; online stores; search engine optimization; RSS; blogging; networking; distribution; terms; freight; sos; returns; discounts; GST; faults and returns; and so on.
Time To Write (anthology). 138 pages. A5 softcover. Published in 2012. ISBN 9780987319203. $9.95r.r.p.
NMIT’s Bachelor of Writing and Publishing offers three years of specialised study in two strands: writing and publishing. The course is unique in Australia as it is the only undergraduate degree which offers twelve core publishing specific subjects. Students participate in numerous aspects of book and magazine publishing including commissioning, structural and close editing, writing cover briefs, writing design briefs, liaising with authors, costing and managing projects, and planning and working to deadlines. Students learn grammar, editing, production, design and project management skills. A course component is the management of a series of publishing projects in NMIT’s publishing studio Yarra Bend Press.