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
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Maybe you’ve always wanted to write and you’ve decided to start. Perhaps you’d never thought of writing … until that brilliant idea struck and you just had to express it. Whatever your reason, the question you’re asking yourself is: how do I get started? Read more
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
Because few people can write a piece of work that is immediately lucid, concise and well-expressed, drafting is an integral part of the process of writing. Drafting 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
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 your work is accepted by a publisher 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
Some literary agents represent a wide field of literary endeavour, whilst some do not accept poetry, short stories, romance, science fiction and other genres. An agent will usually provide information about the types of manuscripts they accept – along with submission guidelines – on their website. Most will consider non-fiction, such as autobiography, biography, historical works and cookbooks and exclude educational material… Read more
Writing a novel is a monumental feat, which in itself has been known to take years. But that’s only half the battle. Once your manuscript is typed and ready, the struggle for publication is where the real work begins…Read more
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.
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
Publishing is a highly competitive industry, with literally tens of thousands of Australians who either have written or are thinking of writing a book they would like to see in print. However, wherever there is great want, (think of the amount of people who squander money on dubious weight loss programs), there are people who will take advantage of that want for financial gain…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
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 other author offers the idea behind the narrative and commissions the ghost writer to turn it into a manuscript…Read more
The NSW Writers’ Centre would like to acknowledge the Queensland Writers Centre, whose resources were of assistance in the compilation of this information.