Sue to launch Rozelle Street Library – 8 September

Street Library Launch

This is such an honour!
I’ve been asked to speak at and launch the new Rozelle Street Library!

You can come too! Friday 8 September at Rozelle Neighbourhood Centre.

It’s very special, because the centre is next door to where I used to live – on top of the cafe – where I had my office, collected and ran the first community collection of aid for Sri Lanka. This is when the Accidental Aid Worker story began.

I’ll be donating my book to start the library. Authors – want to join me in donating your book for the collection?

Please contact me for details.

We hope you will join us for a special morning tea to launch our Street Library. We will be celebrating reading matters at Rozelle for Adult Learning Week. The event will include a morning tea with guest author Sue Liu who will offically open our library and talk about her book the Accidental Aid Worker. RSVP for catering purposes:

Now available in Sri Lanka at Barefoot


AAW now available in Sri Lanka

AAW now available at Barefoot, Colombo

Accidental Aid Worker has ‘come home’ to Sri Lanka and is now available exclusively at Sri Lanka’s most beautiful place for quality gifts, crafts, fabrics, art and of course, books – Barefoot Celyon.

Be sure to ask for your copy of Accidental Aid Worker at the bookshop, which houses the finest collection of books about Sri Lanka.

Barefoot Celyon – 704 GALLE ROAD Colombo 03

Sue Liu presents innovative workshops and mentoring

Announcing – new workshops and mentoring for writers

Get business aware and marketing savvy at the Author Profile, Brand, Marketing and Self Publishing Essentials Workshop.

Inject enthusiasm, passion and commitment into your writing project. 

This unique, hands on workshop may be the ’shot in the arm’ you need. All writers who aspire to publish work need to be business aware and marketing savvy. Gain insights into the realities and expectations of authors when considering traditional and self-publishing, clarify your goals and start developing your project, brand and marketing plan.

Presenter: Sue Liu

When: Saturday 14 October – book-in now 
Time: 9am – 4pm
Where: Annandale Community Centre – 79 Johnston Street, Annandale
Investment: $160 – includes notes, tea and coffee, handouts, inspiration, motivation and laughter
What to bring:  determination and readiness to work on your goals, notebook, pen and water. BYO lunch or buy from local cafes.


9-12pm Step-by-step publishing essentials workshop: Author profile and brand workshop

  • Your WHY and purpose for writing and publishing
  • Your journey as a writer and into publishing work
  • Author brand, book profile, marketing and promotion
  • Introduction to industry expectations and processes

1-4pm Group mentoring work session: Author brand, profile development and marketing plan framework


RAVES: workshop and mentoring sessions

Loved it. Sue presented with such enthusiasm and verve. A nice mix of what needs to be done with the personal journey. – Alice

Well prepared and executed with enthusiasm. Easy to follow step-by-step guidelines on how to. Practical work handouts and very useful. A very constructive and helpful talk – Thank you Sue. Loved it. – Gwen

Sue shared a lot of valuable and practical information about writing and publishing a novel, It was very informative and delivered with humour and enthusiasm. Definitely recommend it. – Maree

Really enjoyed learning about your journey. It was inspirational. – Caroline

Fantastic workshop, really informative, great energy and great to hear the nuts and bolts of marketing from a professional who has worked in the industry – so it’s not vague but real, hard hitting in a positive way and direct. Really refreshing. – Kate


Group mentoring work sessions on Saturdays – find out more

Pilot workshop for State Library of NSW: Saturday 24 June 2017 at Leichhardt Library. Presented by publishing, marketing professionals and self-published authors Sue Liu and Anna Maguire. Supported by Inner West Library Service & State Library of NSW as part of the indyreads™ pilot program. Find out more – Sue – Self Pub Leichhardt Workshop Media Release – 16 May 2017swoosh

Sue leads the way with innovative workshop

Leichhardt Library is proud to be hosting an innovative, free one-day workshop for writers who aspire to publish their work and build foundations for being successful authors. Step-by-step Publishing Essentials workshop will be held at Leichhardt Library on Saturday 24 June is part of a joint pilot program between the State Library of NSW, Inner West Library Service & Parramatta City Library, a digital library lending platform, called indyreads™.

This custom-tailored workshop, created by authors and professionals, Sue Liu and Anna Maguire, aims to help writers of all ages to navigate their way through the maze of publishing options and expectations, the need for clarity of purpose and commencement of marketing well before the book is published.

Among the many challenges for aspiring writers is understanding the context, options, steps and realities of releasing work in an ever changing, over-crowded, competitive industry and market place. This workshop is designed to help individuals customise and build the foundations for their author and book brands, as well as learning about the various options and practical steps for producing industry-standard books and getting them to market.

Sue Liu is Marketing consultant, author of Accidental Aid Worker and an Inner West local. Her focus is on creating the foundations for an authentic author profile and brand for book(s) and how to develop and apply these to marketing campaigns.

“Every writer, whether signed by a publishing house or self-published, needs to be active and engaged in the business of creating and promoting their work. Key to this, is the need to be strategic in creating marketing devices (tools) that can be easily adapted and incorporated into campaigns to promote yourself and your books.” said Liu.

“Writers need to also become business-minded and marketing savvy – with an understanding of the options and mechanics of producing works for publication, but also aware of where and how pitch and publicise. Without the right structure around your publishing project at the beginning, it can be tough to connect with the publishing world and of course, readers.” She continued.

Sue is honoured to be presenting this workshop for Inner West Libraries alongside respected publishing consultant and crowdfunding pioneer, Anna Maguire. Maguire will explore paths to publication, fundraising and budgets, producing print and digital books on your own or with professionals, to achieve industry standard outcomes. Both Liu and Maguire will share their experiences and perspectives as authors, self-publishers and professionals.

The workshop is part of the indyreads™ pilot, a new digital lending and distribution platform for public libraries.

“Once indyreads™ is ready for release, we’ll be seeking submissions from our community to build our Inner West Libraries collection” said Marilyn Taylor, Leichardt Library Manager and project champion. “We’re really thrilled to be working with two respected professionals, and know that this may be just the inspiration and guidance people need to finish writing and publishing their books” she continued.

“This is a first workshop of its kind for Leichhardt, we are proud of our involvement in indyreads™ and know that we’ll be receiving the quality and standard of ebooks we require for the collection”



Presented by publishing, marketing professionals and self-published authors Anna Maguire and Sue Liu. This one-day workshop is for writers aspiring to publish their new works as print copy and ebooks. Be guided on the importance of:

  • Being business savvy and marketing aware about publishing;
  • How author profile and book identity are crucial for writers;
  • Building your brand and marketing options;
  • Key elements for producing a book and how it helps with marketing, sales and distribution;
  • Funding options to enable you to create a professional publication.

Date:  Saturday 24 June

Time: 10-4pm

Where: Leichhardt Library

Cost:   Free

Limited numbers. Bookings essential at Eventbrite or phone: 9367 9266

More about indyreads™ 

indyreads™ is a hosted eContent Management Platform that has been developed by the State Library of NSW to provide library users with access to local publications including digitised local history material as well as purchased ebook titles. The platform allows the Inner West libraries to work with community authors and independent and mid-list publishers to explore ways of making locally important content more readily available to readers.

The industry standard platform has enabled the library service to smoothly integrate ebook content into their catalogue and provide a seamless experience for library members. The hope is that indyreads™ will give communities a greater diversity of local content and help connect writers with their audiences.

The State Library is developing plans to make indyreads™ available in more libraries across NSW and to continue their support of programs for self-publishers.


Sue Liu is an energetic community leader, business woman and marketing communications consultant with over 24 years’ experience. She self-published her first book, Accidental Aid Worker, in November 2015 and has been recognised by fellow writers, industry experts and readers for her efforts and achievements, as an author. Sue has also been acknowledged as an emerging voice and one worth listening to in the education sphere. Her approach is from the perspective of the author/self-publisher/business person/marketer.

Sue shares her insights, perspectives and experiences to help each writer clarify expectations, hone goals and create strategies, resources and tools to best suit their journey. For further information about Sue and her work, explore:

Anna Maguire is a Sydney-based consultant and blogger specialising in digital training and strategy. She advises on digital publishing and crowdfunding through her consultancy Digireado.

Anna has worked in book publishing and digital content for 25 years. She is a former head of production and interactive at Random House Australia and is a passionate advocate for digital developments in the book. She is a graduate of the Yale Publishing Course and has appeared at the Sydney Writers’ Festival and Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. Anna has trained authors in their digital publishing options for over eight years.

In September 2012 Anna wrote her first book Crowdfund it!. Anna lectures and coordinates the unit Book Production and the Book Publishing Business unit of stud at Sydney University. Anna blogs (infrequently) on the Digireado website,, and at She is also on Twitter (@digireado and @crowdfunditnow) and Facebook ( and