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Jenny joined the New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc) as Chief Executive Officer in June 2017.

Jenny Nagle has worked in general management, sales and marketing across the trade and educational publishing landscape in both New Zealand and Australia for over 30 years. She began working in publishing with Hodder & Stoughton’s educational division in NZ, before moving to trade publishing, sales and marketing across the Tasman, as Marketing Director. Over the last 30 years Jenny has worked for Thomas Nelson, HodderHeadline, School Supplies, BestStart Educare, and APN (Kid’s Club) and the APA Small Publishers Association. She founded the independent distributor Addenda (sold 2004) and created The Bookie for specialist institutional supply. Through these years she has attended many international book fairs and worked with a host of writers for promotional tours and literary festivals.

Addenda won The Best of the Bestsellers Award, from Booksellers NZ, twice. While in Australia she served 4 elected years on the Australian Publishers’ Association Trade Book Marketing Committee (Life. Be In it/Reading campaigns; copyright law review) and the NSW Children’s Book Council, including the inaugural CBC national conference committee and recently joined the Storylines Foundation Management Committee. She managed the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize Final Programme in NZ in 2009 and is a Director of the fledgling children’s press OneTree House which won the BOP Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publisher – Oceania, for 2018.


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