Alison Green was named one of Westpac and Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence in 2016. She is the CEO and co-founder of Pantera Press. She is on the Board of Directors for New South Wales Writers’ Centre, and sits on the Australian Publishers Association Trade Committee and the Australian Publishers Association’s Independent Publishers Committee. On top of that she has the most impressive balayage in the entire Australian publishing industry. Yes, that includes writers and cover designers.
Pantera Press are often thought of as the caring publishers because they take their unsolicited manuscripts seriously. In fact each submission is read by five commissioning editors on their iPads to ensure it has the best chance of reaching an editor to champion it. This approach has led to rumours that every editor, no matter how short the hair, has balayage. They are so engrossed in their reading that they often don’t move for hours. This has resulted in hairdressers just keeping on processing their hair, so as to not waste a seat, until they leave ultimately with balayage, the most time consuming process.
Cementing the caring company ethos Alison Green’s Pantera Press not only donates to The Footpath Library, Mission Australia, Misfit Aid, and Let’s Read, but also encourage their readers to get involved where possible. Links and information can be found on their website.
However, it’s not all fun, philanthropy and great hair under the leadership of Alison Green. She can wield her power with an iron fist… wrapped around a table tennis bat. In fact, team meetings often end in a rousing game of table tennis, or as I like to think of them, challenge matches. There can be only one.
After scouring the Pantera Press Facebook page I have uncovered an important fact. Once you sign with Pantera Press Alison Green gives you a bottle of Moet.
Additional note, Alison Green is also employer of James Read who wrote How to Lose a Publisher in 10 Days. I literally laughed out loud at part 5…. And no more drinking and over sharing at writer functions…. although I do have a book out about time literally spent in a psychiatric hospital…. pen name? In all seriousness, don’t kill James’ love fern. Because otherwise he has to explain the death to Alison whilst playing table tennis and getting balayage.
Find Alison Green on Twitter here.
Submit to the will of the Panterian Empire here.
Read the Pantera Press blog here.
Check out Pantera on Facebook here.
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