Resource Sheets

The NSW Writers’ Centre is committed to providing writers everywhere with information and advice to assist them in their work. That’s why we’ve developed these free, downloadable Resource Sheets, providing answers to all our most frequently asked questions.

These Resource Sheets contain all the knowledge and advice of the NSW Writers’ Centre staff combined with extensive research into the fields of writing and publishing. If you have any further questions after reading these resources, contact the NSW Writers’ Centre on (02) 9555 9757 or email us. You may also like to check our FAQ prior to calling

You are free to share and reproduce the information in these documents. If you do, please attribute the work to the NSW Writers’ Centre, including our phone number (02) 9555 9757 and website address

To download the sheets, simply click on the titles below or click read more if you’d like to read them online.


Getting Started with Writing

So you’ve always wanted to write and have now decided to start. Or perhaps you’d never thought of writing but have recently been struck with a brilliant idea that you just have to express. Either way, the question now is: how do I get started? Read more


Information on publishing your work in journals; advice, researching your chosen publication and submission guidelines. Read more

Short Stories and Poetry

Information on publishing short stories and poetry collections, individually in magazines and journals, entering competitions, competition submission guidelines, scams and payment for publication. Read more


Few people can write a piece of work that is immediately lucid, concise and well-expressed, therefore revising is an integral part of the process of writing. It is vital to producing a polished piece of work that is professional and readable. This is true for fiction, non-fiction, short stories, articles, reports, family histories and, in fact, anything that you wish other people to read. Read more

Manuscript Development

Once you’ve edited your manuscript to the highest level you can attain, it’s ready to be published, right? Wrong. You’ve gone as far as you can on your own, but it would be extremely rare for an author to make it into print without the help of external feedback. Even when a publisher accepts your work your manuscript will be put through rigorous editing before it goes to print. Read more


Information on in-house editors, fiction and non-fiction editors, the editor’s role, finding and hiring editors and the costs involved. Read more 

Literary Agents

Literary agents represent a range of creative artists, including adult and children’s fiction authors, scriptwriters, script editors, illustrators, composers, playwrights and journalists. Some literary agents represent a wide field of literary endeavour, while others do not accept some genres, such as poetry, short stories, romance or science fiction for example. Read more

Getting Published

Writing a book is a monumental feat, which in itself has been known to take years. But that’s only half the battle. Once your manuscript is ready, the struggle for publication is where even harder work begins! Read more

Publishing Children’s and Young Adult Books

All publishing requires the highest quality writing and illustrating but children’s and young adult (YA) writing is one of the most competitive markets of all, with some book publishers receiving more than two thousand unsolicited manuscripts each year…Read more


Information on what is copyright, how to protect it, pen names and copyright, selling copyright, first rights, copyright duration and quotation permission. Read more


As technology has evolved, so has the format in which we read our books. The rise of mobile devices means that there is an increasing demand for digital books, or e-books, that can be easily uploaded and read on personal e-readers and tablets. Read more

E-book Piracy

In today’s age of e-books and digital publishing, piracy can be a very real concern for authors – both traditional and self-published. It can be very distressing to discover your books have been pirated. If this happens to you, there are several things you can do…Read more


When deciding to self-publish it is in your interest to gather as much information as possible about the process and possible pitfalls. Finding the right self-publishing service is essential for the successful production and distribution of your book…Read more


Screenwriting is writing for film and television. Screenwriting can begin as an individual project but at some point will become a collaborative effort in which the writer interacts with a producer, director, editor, other writers, and actors…Read more

Multimedia Writing

The development of multimedia is a new and potentially lucrative market for writers. Multimedia writing is a collaborative enterprise in which writers (or, as they are sometimes called, ‘text providers’) collaborate with graphic artists, video clip makers, cartoonists and others to produce a work which does not have a linear format but whose structure is more like a maze with alternative paths…Read more


A ghost writer is a professional author employed to write a book or article for which another author will be credited. This acknowledged author offers the idea behind the narrative and commissions the ghost writer to turn it into a manuscript…Read more


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