Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about QWC:
Can QWC help me find a publisher or agent?
The Australian Writer’s Marketplace (AWM) is Australia and New Zealand’s comprehensive resource providing submission guidelines and contact information for the publishing industry. Here you’ll find details of support organisations and information services, a range of writing courses and workshops, literary events and competitions, and services for each stage of the writing, editing and publication process. Additionally, every year QWC runs events with industry experts to give you advice and tips about how to make sure you are in the best position to publish your work, as well as giving you the chance to get in the room with some of Australia’s top literary agents. For more information see the FAQs in our resources section.
Can QWC help me to self-publish my work?
With self-publishing you take on the role of both author and publisher. Self-publishing offers authors a greater share profits, but it also means the author assumes all of the financial risk including upfront costs. There are many forms of self-publishing and we strongly recommend that you carefully research any self-publishing services and obtain legal advice before entering into any contract. For more information see the FAQs in our resources section.
Can QWC help me hire a writer?
Firstly, it is important to clearly understand why you need a writer. If you need somebody to turn a hand-written manuscript into a computer file or transcribe a story for you, then perhaps there are other services which may be more suitable. However, if you have a specific writing project or want to tell a story but don’t have the time or the skill, then a professional writer or ghostwriter may be exactly what you need. We can certainly help you to connect with writers through associations, writers groups or our weekly newsletter which is distributed to nearly 5000 subscribers state-wide. We also recommend consulting the Australian Society of Authors for applicable pay rates and conditions via their website www.asauthors.org. There you can also find a small publication which contains a sample Ghostwriting Agreement and Contacts List resource of ghostwriters in Australia. For more information see the FAQs in our resources section.
Can QWC read / assess / edit my writing?
QWC members can access our Writers Surgery program which offers one-on-one consultations with a writing mentor for a fee. Additionally, we run a number of seminars and workshops for members and non-members to help improve your writing and editing skills and many of our tutors offer feedback on participant writing as part of the workshop. However, that is not a guarantee so please make sure you read the course or workshop outline to make sure it fits with your needs. For more information see the FAQs in our resources section.
Can QWC provide legal advice on a publishing contract?
We strongly recommend writers obtain professional legal advice before signing any contract but we are not authorised to provide this advice by law. For more information see the FAQs in our resources section.
Can QWC provide copyright advice?
Under Australian law your work is automatically copyrighted to you as soon as its written. QWC cannot provide individual advice on copyright law or rights. For more information see the FAQs in our resources section.
Can QWC help me contact a writer?
The best way to contact an author is through their publisher, agent, or through their author website. Most of this information is in the public domain but you could also consult The Australian Writer’s Marketplace. Due to reasons of privacy and data protection, we are not able to provide contact details.