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The Essentials of Great Writing

The Essentials of Great Writing

by Tony Spencer-Smith

The Essentials of Great Writing covers the full range of skills required to write well and will be useful to anyone who writes. Whether you want to produce sophisticated corporate copy such as case studies, reports and media releases; have ambitions to become a novelist; or want to write your memoirs or a history of your family, this book will help you.

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Australian Book Contracts

Australian Book Contracts

The book that Thomas Keneally calls his “contractual bible”. This is an essential reference book for every serious professional writer in Australia.

Book Contents:

  • Print Contracts
  • Digital Contracts
  • Special Considerations
  • Negotiating with your publisher
  • Getting Help Lending Rights and Collecting Societies

Published by the Keesing Press and the Australian Society of Authors.

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The Adaptable Author

The Adaptable Author

By Sophie Masson

The publishing industry is experiencing rapid and turbulent transformation. While the digital age has delivered new and exciting opportunities for authors, it has also created new challenges. Contradictory images of the modern industry abound: from the proliferation of many new small presses, to the phenomenon of giant hi-tech corporations muscling in on the traditional publishing scene, with established publishers trying hard to forge new ways of doing business in a connected – yet paradoxically also disconnected – world. .....

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Your Book Publishing Options

Your Book Publishing Options

By Euan Mitchell

Do you want to write and publish your first book but don’t know where to start? Or are you an experienced writer who wants to know how to take advantage of the revolutionary new developments in making and marketing ebooks and print books? Your Book Publishing Options is Australia’s guide for new and experienced writers to take charge of their creative and business choices. The entire book publishing process is explained step by step, with the aim of minimising costs and maximising profits. 

Euan Mitchell is an author, editor, publisher and lecturer with more than 20 years of experience in the book publishing industry. Since 1999 he has been helping writers from all walks of life launch their books into orbit. .....

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A Decent Proposal

A Decent Proposal

By Rhonda Whitton and Sheila Hollingworth

How to sell your book to an Australia publisher or literary agent.

You’ve finished drafting and polishing your manuscript. So what happens next?
Based on an industry-wide survey and using writers’ successful proposals as examples, A Decent Proposal introduces the techniques required to develop a convincing Book Proposal that will satisfy (yes, and even excite) an Australian publisher or literary agent. This fully revised edition features step-by-step instructions for developing a winning Book Proposal package and includes information on: .....

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Authorpreneurship: The Business of Creativity

Authorpreneurship: The Business of Creativity

By Hazel Edwards

In Authorpreneurship: The Business of Creativity, Hazel Edwards envisages the author as a ‘brand’, focusing on the necessity of the author’s own business strategy. In the ever-changing book market, she provides expert industry and professional advice on the marketing, technological, publicity, legal and entrepreneurial skills required in the business of authorship.

Including checklists, hints, case studies and hypothetical scenarios, this manual will guide you through common situations and problems encountered by both emerging and established authors, giving you the tools you will need to approach your craft with a business-minded and professional edge. .....

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The Writing Book

The Writing Book

*Temporarily out of stock*

 

by Kate Grenville

The Writing Book doesn’t just talk about how to write fiction; it take you, step by step, throught the process of doing it.

Each chapter concentrates on one aspect of writing, such as getting started, bringing characters to life, writing convincing dialogue, revising and writer’s block.

Exercises in each chapters are carefully structured so that each builds on the one before. Examples from contemporary Australian writing demonstrate how different writers tackle the technical aspects of their art. .....

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ABC Book of Australian Children's Illustrators

ABC Book of Australian Children's Illustrators

by Margaret Hamilton
A dazzling presentation of 22 evocative artworks from some of Australia’s best-known picture book illustrators – from Wayne Harris and Julie Vivas to Leigh Hobbs and Kim Gamble.
Australian children’s illustrators took the world by storm in the 1970s. They pushed the boundaries of subject matter and design to produce fresh matter and bold illustrations. Today, their work is as innovative and exciting as ever.
This book showcases the work of 22 Australian children’s illustrators. Each illustration comes from a picture book published by ABC Books. From Julie Vivas and Wayne Harris to Leigh Hobbs and Donna Rawlins, their diversity of styles, media and interpretations create a mesmerising kaleidoscope of colours, shapes, styles and patterns.
About the Author – Margaret Hamilton has been involved with children and their books all her working life – as a children’s librarian, a bookseller, a publisher (Margaret Hamilton Books) and a parent. For her services to children’s literature Margaret has been honoured with The CBCA NSW Lady Cutler Award, The ABPA Pixie O’Harris Award and The CBCA Nan Chauncy Award.
Published by ABC Books for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation .....

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Writing Hannah: On Writing for Children

Writing Hannah: On Writing for Children

By Libby Gleeson

Libby Gleeson is one of Australia’s most successful writers for young people, the author of fifteen novels. She has written two previous ‘Hannah’ books, Skating on Sand and Hannah Plus One, which won the 1997 children’s Book of the Year Award. As she embarked on her third novel in the series, Hannah and the Tomorrow Room, she decided to keep a journal, from which Writing Hannah has developed.

Rather than writing a simple ‘how to’ book on writing for children, the author has decided to share the process itself, taking us on a journey into the heart of literary creation. We follow her philosophical scrutiny of the world and of people, of the nature of character and the making of fiction. She examines the usual aspects of writing such as a point of view, narrative structure and use of language, but mediated through her own experience – her hesitations, uncertainties, false starts and growing confidence. .....

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Juicy Writing

Juicy Writing

Inspiration and Techniques for Young Writers

by Brigid Lowry

Brigid Lowry knows the highs and lows of being a writer, but she still thinks it’s a joy. In this book she takes you on a journey to discover yourself and what you really want to say, AND how to make it juicy and original. So, what do you need to begin? Where can you find ideas? How canyou make your writing better? What can you do if you get stuck?

Let Brigid inspire you to doole, daydream and discover your creativity – then write hard and fast into the wild land of your imagination. If you ever thought you’d like to write , start reading Juicy Writing! .....

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The Memoir Book - temporarily out of stock

The Memoir Book - temporarily out of stock

by Patti Miller

A clear, engaging and practical ‘how-to’ guide to writing a memoir, by Australia’s foremost teacher and practitioner of memoir and life writing, Patti Miller.

We all have a story to tell – whether it is a story of a migrant childhood, a difficult past, adopting a child, riding a bike across India, or simply a contemplative year in a garden. With these stories we make sense of ourselves and the world around us.

Memoir – writing about an aspect of a life rather than a whole life – expresses and shapes these stories within us so that the writing becomes more than a record, it becomes a creative journey. .....

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