Quotes from speakers and delegates at StoryDrive Asia





    “I enjoyed the fact that there was a mix of old (selling rights) and new topics (Augmented Reality) and while some things remain the same yet there were new insights to be gained offered by the different speakers.,”  
  Linda Tan Lingard, Director (Publishing and Media), Yusof Gajah Lingard Literary Agency, Malaysia  
     “The keynote speeches were surprisingly informative. and were good lead-ins to the forward-looking topics that we discussed at various sessions. The film rights session - with a panel comprising author, publishers, film director was beneficial in that a real-world example was used and it really got the panel talking/defending their specific interests from their points of view.,”  
    Kum Suning, Editorial Manager, Ethos Books, Singapore  
    “I've really appreciated to be able to think out loud all together, express and move forward with brand new ideas. A very inspiring and creative space.,”  
    Isabelle Fauvel, Film Development Expert, Founder of Initiative Film, France  
    “It was a pleasant invitation to participate in the just concluded StoryDrive Asia 2017 at Singapore. I came here as a resource and turned out to be an enthusiastic participant. Truly the two days of deliberations was a rich and rewarding experience. In general, seminars and workshops remain uninteresting because of the unwinding speeches. Here at StoryDive the organisers have dexteriously crafted the program is such a way that every single session was captivating and resourceful. It provided plenty of opportunities for interaction and networking and facilitated audience to participate and share their vires; programs such as pitching and group discussions kept the participants engaged and paved way for cross-pollination of ideas. Time management was commendable as the program moved with clockwork precision. Congratulations to team StoryDrive 2017 for an outstanding workshop.”   
    Olivannan Gopalakrishnan, CEO of Emerald Publishers, India  
    “StoryDrive Asia 2017 was a good platform to meet people in the publishing industry and learn from the experiences of the local and overseas speakers.”  
    Eunice Li, Participant of StoryDrive Asia 2017, Singapore  





    “Our challenge is to use the deep understanding of how our books connect to cultural networks such as music, food, drink, travel, cars, and fashion, and to harness entirety of people’s economic appetite for our books,”  
  Mr Richard Nash, serial entrepreneur behind Soft Skull Press, Small Demons, Cursor, Red Lemonade, and other ventures  
     “There was great energy and buzz at this year's conference. StoryDrive Asia gave us a terrific overview of trends in publishing and discussions further helped to develop the agenda for the industry in this region,”  
    Mr Peter Schoppert, President, Singapore Book Publishers Association  
    “StoryDrive Asia was a great first! We had excellent feedback from all the participants and speakers. The transmedia theme resonated with everyone at the symposium. We are looking forward to more such activities for the growing Southeast Asian region,”  
    Ms Claudia Kaiser, Vice President of Business Development Asia and Arabic World, Frankfurter Buchmesse  
    “StoryDrive Asia gave me a chance to learn more about the publishing industry from various perspectives and from so many people. There is a lot to learn and digest as we look at the relationship between content and culture for the publishers and their readers.”   
    Attendee Ms Nurhuda Abu Bakar, Senior Manager, Special Projects from the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS)  
    “It was such a great experience. I’ve had a lot of conversations with all these industry movers and shakers. At the panel discussions, not only were the speakers good but the audience was also very knowledgeable and we had a great time sharing information and learning from each other.”  
    Speaker Ms Kate Evangelista, popular romance author from the Philippines  
    “In Myanmar, book stores are facing challenges like low margins and high rentals while publishers are trying to deal with copyright matters and the impact of technology. Our association is always looking for ways to help our members address these challenges. Symposiums like StoryDrive Asia are good for our members as we can learn from the best practices and consider adopting these for our domestic market.”  
    Attendee Mr Myo Aung, General Secretary of Myanmar Publishers and Booksellers Association  
    “I found StoryDrive Asia really interesting for new ideas and concepts. Everyone here, from CEOs of book publishing companies, owners of gaming and movie making companies, was very open and approachable. I would never have met them if I had stayed home in Brisbane this week. To me, business is built on relationships. To do business internationally, I believe that one must travel to these symposiums to meet people, talk to them and establish personal connections. I’m looking forward to the next edition of StoryDrive Asia in 2017!”  
    Attendee Ms Kim McCosker, author and entrepreneur behind Australia’s highly popular 4 Ingredients cookbooks and television series  
    “It was a great conference actually and excellent to visit a new city. From my end everything was excellent, and you know I am always up for these things as I’m really curious to learn more about this region.”  
    Speaker, Michael Bhaskar, Canelo  
    “Thank you so much it was lovely being in Singapore and it was a great conference, very well organized, presenting the most relevant content. I met industry players from all over Southeast Asia and the energy level was amazing.”  
    Rebecka Leffler, Type and Tell / Bonnier Group  
    “Pitching session was fruitful and gives authors an experience how to pitch”  
    “Most of the sessions I attended addressed the possibilities and trends of digital publishing and the role of digital in publishing, which I find is the most relevant to me and the work that I do. The case studies presented were inspiring because it showed me what is possible and what could work for digital storytelling, which is not happening enough in Singapore and Asia. I hope StoryDrive Asia will continue to run yearly and invite more speakers from the West as well as from Asia who can inspire us about digital stories and also to be able to collaborate with us in SG."  
    Wendy Wong/Tutsitala