Julie Gibbs was the doyenne of the Australian publishing world when her 11-year-old creation, the Penguin imprintLANTERN, became the sacrificial lamb in a corporate merger. Julie reveals the fallout of that uninvited pause in her career and explains how she has come back stronger than ever from it with a carefully considered reinvention. Julie reveals how she reconfigured her creative talents and mobilised an incredibly close network of talented professionals emerging at the other end with a new business venture and a renewed zest for being back at work.
Julie Gibbs has worked in publishing her whole career. She spent 21 years with Penguin Books Australia and founded the Lantern imprint. These days she is freelance consulting and producing books in a bespoke way for authors and publishers. Her most recent title is Maggie’s Recipe for Life by Maggie Beer and Professor Ralph Martins, a book about how to prevent Alzheimer’s and other lifestyle diseases. It won the award for Best Illustrated Book at the 2018 ABIA awards.