How to Sell Your Book and Yourself
by Victoria Purman So you’ve written a book and it’s out there in the world, waiting for a home with a publisher. Or perhaps its about to hit shelves or e-reading devices. You think the hard part is over, right? Before you take to your bed and pull the covers over your head, here are […]
Polishing and Publishing Short Stories
If you are not fortunate enough to have an editor then a little distance between the completion of a first draft and an edit can be useful. Time to forget what you were actually writing about can help the writer to approach the story as a reader might. Can you answer these questions? What is […]
Why chick-lit’s dead and romantic comedy’s the new buzz
By Carla Caruso Chick-lit had its heyday in the nineties with Bridget Jones, Sex and the City, and cocktail-adorned book covers. It was so big, it was inevitable it would one day get too big for its Jimmy Choo boots and become the unthinkable: daggy. But true diehard fans know the genre hasn’t died entirely, […]
Why Write Romance?
A Mills & Boon book is sold in the UK every 3 seconds ‘…the market is enormous, and almost every major publisher has a romance line. Most romances are mass market paperbacks. Most publishers will look at unsolicited unagented queries. Some will also take unsolicited manuscript submissions.’ Rebecca York In the Us, romance fiction […]
Why Read Literary Journals?
By Jennifer Mills There is a good crop of literary journals in Australia at the moment, from stalwarts like Meanjin, the Griffith Review and Overland to newer projects like The Lifted Brow, Stilts, and the Review of Australian Fiction, and many in between. Some, like Voiceworks, have a particular brief (to publish young writers). These […]
On Writing 52 Tuesdays
52 Tuesdays is a locally produced feature-film by Adelaide-based collective Closer Productions. It explores the relationship between a mother and daughter over a year, a year in which the mother decides to transition to become a man. 52 Tuesdays was filmed once a week, every Tuesday, for a year – with the scripts for each week constantly evolving, […]
What is Editing Really About?
By Katy McDevitt NB: SAWC is holding an Editing Bootcamp. Register early to avoid disappointment. Here’s a proposition for you: editors are the most misunderstood of any publishing professional. Let’s test it out. What do you think of when I ask you to imagine an editor? Perhaps a dainty woman in spectacles, wielding a red […]
Warning to authors: unfair contracts
This was first published in the Australian Society of Authors enewsletter. If you have any questions or concerns about your contract, please contact the ASA for assistance. The ASA is concerned about the increasing number of authors being presented with book publishing contracts which require the author to assign copyright to the publisher. Of particular […]
The Art of Lyric Writing
By Emily Davis In general I’m a bit of a communic-a-tard. This is kind of like being a lactard (allergic to milk), but perhaps with slightly more serious connotations and consequences. I can assure you I can write, and read and speak, and I’m not too bad at a boozy dinner party when I’m tasked […]
Writing Prompts and Inspiration
Here are some great writing prompt sites to help you bust through any moments of writer’s block (or just keep you in an internet spiral all day long): Writing Prompts on Tumblr Creative Writing Prompts Awesome Writing Prompts Daily prompts sent to your inbox 200 Fantasy Writing Prompts Spec Fic writing prompts (don’t forget to […]
John Griffin Obituary
By Mike Ladd Born: July 5, 1935, Boleroo Centre Died: September 9, 2012, Adelaide. Poet, playwright and short story writer John Griffin grew up at Hammond in the mid-north of South Australia, the son of a farmer and shop owner. The family farm was often in the grip of drought – John used to joke […]
If I don’t finish that story, I will not be able to pay the mortgage…
By Mark Dapin I started my writing day at six o’clock this morning, when I printed out and proofed the first chapter of my upcoming military history book. I’m already weeks behind schedule with the book, which has to be in the shops in November. I must complete another chapter before the end of the […]
Writers’ Forum Wrap Up
By Johnny von Einem For the last three years I’ve been working away at a journalism and creative writing degree, essentially straddling a line between two seemingly similar, but in practice starkly different worlds. Tight sentences and a strict adherence to hard facts are the main tenets of (good) journalism, whereas beautiful, descriptive and immersive […]
Why Write for Radio?
You’ll notice in our program that we have a practical workshop on writing for radio coming up. You may be thinking, why write for radio? Well, there are a number of opportunities to get your writing out there, that you may not have yet considered. One of them being narrative drama for radio. Here, we’ve […]