24th - 26th August 2018
Power, Politics, Passion

Bernadette Schwerdt

Bernadette is a writer, speaker and entrepreneur. She is the founder of the Australian School of Copywriting, a former senior account director with Young & Rubicam Advertising where she created campaigns for clients such as Apple, McDonalds and BHP and presents the ‘Digital Mavericks’ podcast series for Inside Small Business magazine.

She is a lecturer in marketing at RMIT and Swinburne University, and the head copywriting tutor at Australian Writers Centre.

She is the author of the best-selling book ‘Secrets of Online Entrepreneurs’, the producer of a video series of the same name for The Age newspaper and a recent TEDx speaker on a topic close to her heart: ‘How to bumble your way to success.’

She is on the board of Writers Victoria, a judge for the Anthill Cool Company Awards and the Online Retailers Industry Awards (ORIAs) and is a contributor to BRW, Money Magazine and Sky News.


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Bernadette Schwerdt in conversation

Want to turn a passion or a hobby into an online business? If you’ve got a crazy idea for a business but have no idea how to make it happen, digital marketing whiz Bernadette is here to show you how.

Her best-selling book, Secrets of Online Entrepreneurs looks at how Australia’s top online entrepreneurs have harnessed the tools of disruption and are turning their crazy ideas into multi-million-dollar businesses. In this session, she’ll reveal their hard-won secrets - what they did right, what they did wrong, what they’d do differently - and unpacks what the future of work and play looks like as we enter the next phase of the information revolution.

Friday 25th August 2017, 1:00pm. Conference Room, Level 4, National Library of Australia.
Tickets: Free, but bookings required for capacity.


About the book

Secrets of Online Entrepreneurs is the ultimate how to' guide for creating, building, and selling an online business.

Packed with inspiring stories of how some of Australia's most successful online entrepreneurs built their businesses, these internet mavericks reveal the secrets of their success and provide valuable insights into how anyone with a hobby, passion, or innovative business idea can take advantage of the vast opportunities that a global market now offers.

Her hard-hitting interviews with Australia’s top mavericks provide practical tools, tips, and strategies that will help fast-track a business idea and take it from concept to completion.

It details which industries are ready for disruption, how to spot a profitable niche, how to grow a database, why most online businesses fail and how to access a vast array of free tools to help you get your online idea off the ground.

Bernadette provides the key fundamentals that allow readers to:

  • Discover the 7-step process for building an online business that will exponentially increase the likelihood of success
  • Demonstrate how to measure, test, and evaluate demand for an online product or service before it is launched
  • Access the templates, cheat sheets, websites, and apps used by the entrepreneurs to build their businesses and learn how to apply them in a business

Secrets of Online Entrepreneurs is published by Wiley.

Buy this book from the festival's bookshop partner Dymocks.


More reading

How to be successful when you don't know what you're doing, Hufffpost, March 2016.

Bernadette Schwerdt TEDxMelbourne [video].

How Australia's top online entrepreneurs disrupted their industries, Marketing, July 2015.

10 Steps to Success, Bernadette Schwerdt [PDF].

Intrepreneurs can improve your company if you nurture them, The Sydney Morning Herald, October 2015.



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