Many writers would probably jump backwards through flaming hoops to be picked up by a big publisher and showered with admiration (or, preferably, money). Regrettably, this is quite unlikely – the publisher, that is. Your book could be a masterpiece, but major publishers are finding it harder to make said money, so they rarely risk…

Simon Whaley chats to one writer who got her readers to pay upfront for her first self-published book … What if you could ask your readers to buy your next book, before you’ve even self-published it? Sarah Plater did just that through the popular crowdfunding platform, Kickstarter. She, and her illustrator friend Sophie, successfully secured…

There’s plenty of advice around for writers who are starting out but, unless you’re James Paterson or JK Rowling, starting out is far from the only hurdle writers face. Nick Earls takes a look at what writers can do to sustain careers. Twenty-five years ago, in December 1992, I was asked to speak about my…

So, assuming you have written your brilliant new and contemporary script, what’s the plan? As the resident dramaturg of a theatre company that only produces new work, I get this question a lot —how can I get my new script to the attention of a theatre company? Like any new business proposal, it’s about strategy….

Yes, you can do it. No, most authors in Australia don’t make $13,600 a year, despite how often you hear that discouraging quotation. I doubt there is a single author who makes $13,600 and, if they exist, they are extremely skinny. That’s the average that Australians make from writing books. My darling husband makes $56…

The most useful advice I’ve been given as a writer had nothing to do with craft. It came from an established writer years into their career, and it came down to a simple task: track the rights in an excel document. Do one for every story, every novel. I’m not sure why this stuck with…

“I see now that dismissing YA books because you’re not a young adult is a little bit like refusing to watch thrillers on the grounds that you’re not a policeman or a dangerous criminal, and as a consequence, I’ve discovered a previously ignored room at the back of the bookstore that’s filled with masterpieces I’ve…

David Hardy discusses the power of books to promote awareness and change … When I initially considered a collection of stories about older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Australians, I was surprised that this might be the first. I could only find anthologies by community groups or university research and mostly centred on…

Literary translation is an important part of the local book industry, whether it’s Australian writers being translated for overseas audiences, or Australian readers discovering exciting stories from around the world. Translated works bring a diversity of voices and subjects to a publisher’s list, and some books really take off with local audiences, as has recently…

In a perfect world, I’d be a hermit who spends her life clad in pyjamas, being paid to pen creative non-fiction books about social and environmental issues while surrounded only by a menagerie of rescued battery hens, bees and goats. While that’s the dream, it is—except for the chickens part—fairly removed from my reality. Regardless,…

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