When I jumped with both feet into the freelance writing pool in 2011, I had no idea of what to expect or what to do. I had never even met anyone in Kenya who worked full-time as an online-based freelance writer. So basically, I went in blind. Any fantasies that I had about a writer’s…

Ozge Alkan, school librarian at an Islamic College in Melbourne, was asked by students for a young girl character in a hijab they could dress up as for their Book Parade. Unable to fulfill the request, however, Ozge asked author Hazel Edwards, whom she met at a professional development event for Teacher-Librarians, ‘Could you write one?’ Thus began…

“Networking” isn’t a dirty word. Unfortunately, sometimes it feels dirty. Some writers will tell you that the entire idea of networking dilutes or sullies your art − that you should get back to starving in your garret, producing a masterpiece that people will magically know about when it’s done. The word has most certainly received…

Rochelle Fernandez is the Associate Publisher for Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Australia. Congratulations! You’ve spent time and energy writing a story, pitched it to agents, maybe got a few rejections, but then bam! It’s been picked up by a publisher and will actually be published. This can be both exhilarating and terrifying for lots of…

Many authors dream of becoming that mythical creature: the full-time writer, a person who is able to support themselves by doing nothing other than turning words into books. But I wonder whether such a thing as a full-time writer actually exists? Are there any writers out there who only write books? Even ridiculously famous and…

If there’s one rule I live by in my freelance business, it’s: Track finances now – Avoid pain later. Making the switch to freelancing can be both liberating and daunting. You have to find your own work. You have to build your own professional networks. You have to motivate yourself. You have to meet deadlines….

I’m one lucky freelance writer. I’ve spent a couple of decades as an editor before crossing to the other side of the desk, so I know a fair bit about what editors want. I also have an intimate acquaintance with what constitutes an ‘author from hell’: that writer for whom an editor is always mysteriously…

ONE of the common questions I am asked when I talk about my memoir, Bad Behaviour, is whether being an editor helped when I was writing the book. Yes seems the obvious answer in many ways, but the insider’s experience of the publishing industry did also add layers of complexity I hadn’t anticipated. Before Bad Behaviour…

The motto for a writers festival is ‘be prepared’. Have your book’s one-line pitch ready, be organised, know your Twitter handle, have business cards and ‘get amongst it’. But what happens if you spend big on hot tickets, splash out on a hotel room and buy new shoes and it all goes wrong? Here’s my…

CROWDFUNDING is an enticing concept. Sign up with Kickstarter, and the pledges start rolling in. By harnessing the power of an enthusiastic crowd, you (and they) can ensure that a beloved niche project gets off the ground. But crowdfunding isn’t a ticket to easy money – even ‘successful’ campaigns run into financial difficulties later on…

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