Writers Centres – support centres for writers

Writers Centres – support centres for writers

Whether you are just starting out or are a published professional, Writers Centres support you to achieve your writing goals. The type of support writers centres offer include: Professional advice and courses in writing, publishing and editing Pathways to publication Industry knowledge and contact with publishers and literary agents Referrals to specialist services, including copyright and legal advice Literary events, professional networks and a supportive community Promotion of books to readers and markets Membership is inexpensive and worth the small investment. Here is a list of the writers centres in Australia: ACT Writers Centre: www.actwriters.org.au NSW Writers’ Centre: www.nswwriterscentre.org.au NT Writers’ Centre: www.ntwriters.com.au QLD Writers Centre: www.qwc.asn.au SA Writers’ Centre: www.sawriters.on.net TAS Writers’ Centre: www.tasmanianwriters.org VIC Writers’ Centre: www.vwc.org.au WA State Literature Centre:...
Publishers of Children’s Books – Australia

Publishers of Children’s Books – Australia

This is a list of Australian publishers who publish children’s books. While it’s true that they publish them, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be interested in looking at your manuscript. Many are inundated with more offerings than they can handle, and others already have a list of preferred authors and illustrators. To begin your search for possible publishers, browse the books they have already published and find one that prints the type of book like yours. Check number of pages, style, language… Don’t worry if you only have the story and have not illustrated it. Most publishers will use their favourite illustrators to complete your book if they like it. Don’t send off manuscripts to publishers without checking their submission guidelines. They each have different preferences and if your manuscript arrives in a fashion they don’t accept, it will be put straight into the recycle bin. List of Australian Publishers Allen and Unwin – www.allenandunwin.com Not currently accepting children’s books Balboa Press – www.balboapress.com.au You pay for publishing Benchmark publications – Phone: (03) 9779 6891 Black Dog Books (A division of Walker Books) – www.walkerbooks.com.au/Black-Dog-Books Not currently accepting childrens picture books Blake Publishing/Education – www.blake.com.au Educational books Boolarong Press – www.boolarongpress.com.au Offers several ways to publish Brolly Books – shop.brollybooks.com Submissions page under construction Celapene Press – www.celapenepress.com.au Not publishing childrens picture books East Street Publications – Phone: (08) 8390 1697 Era Publications – erapublications.com Educational books Ford Street – www.fordstreetpublishing.com Educational Freemantle Press – www.fremantlepress.com.au Western Australian authors only Funtastic – Phone: (03) 9213 0100 Hachette Children’s – www.hachettechildrens.com.au No unsolicited submissions Hachette Livre (Lothian) – www.hachettechildrens.com.au/about Hardie...
It’s Challenge Time

It’s Challenge Time

New Blog – Day 1 This is day 1 of my new blog. I’ve always liked the idea of writing a blog, but I’ve always found that I’m too busy living life to write about it. I mean, my life is crammed. I don’t know if I can actually sit down and sum up the events of a day into a short post. Too much happens in my days! But I’m doing “The Quick Start Challenge,” a four week program via webinar, hosted by these guys who reckon they can show me how to create a successful internet business. Well, I’m up for that. Who doesn’t want a successful online business? It would be great to log into my banking account and see the money just rolling in. Right now I’m in a situation where if I don’t go to work, I don’t get paid. I only get paid for the hours I work, and that’s it. But I have regular bills to pay – rent, power, phone, food…. My car is getting old and I’m worried that I’ll need to spend extra money on it soon. I’m virtually working to live right now, and I don’t like it. I want life to become a little easier. So here goes. I’m going to do what these guys say to do, and creating a blog was the first step. Challenge accepted, guys. Bring it...
A Guide to Publishing an Ebook on Amazon Kindle and Noble

A Guide to Publishing an Ebook on Amazon Kindle and Noble

In this post I’m going to try and demystify the eBook publishing process. I’ve been through it and lived to tell the tale. So here goes. Stand by for a fun ride. It’ll be worth the trials and tribulations along the way! Ingredients: Book (preferably in.doc format) – see detailed formatting guidelines below Cover picture (in JPG format, max 1200 pixels high) Short book description (400 characters max) Proper book description (up to about 2,500 characters) About the Author summary Book categories (i.e. Young Adult, Fantasy, etc.) Decision on selling price of book Method: Do not attempt to publish your book without ALL the above ingredients. Delay or disaster could occur Ensure you have full publishing rights to the book you are publishing (I know this sounds odd, but if you have signed a contract with anyone, check and make sure…) Log in to Smashwords.com and create an author account if you don’t already have one (trust me, there is method in my seeming madness) – complete your author profile Select ‘Publish’ on your dashboard and complete the page, copying and inserting the various ingredients from above as requested Press ‘publish’ and wait while SmashWords processes your book (this could take several hours. SmashWords uses a queue which will update to inform you of its progress) When SmashWords has published your book, go to its page (click on book title) and download it to your PC / iPad / eBook reader. Look carefully at the results and decide whether anything needs reformatting. If so, reformat and resubmit book to queue. PLEASE NOTE – This step is really important and...
Publishing an eBook

Publishing an eBook

As opposed to conventional books, publishing an eBook has become the latest trend, gaining in popularity each day. The market has evolved for both print and electronic books, but publishing an eBook has been given priority nowadays. The market for printed books still remains strong, but there are many writers, who do not receive the luxury of getting their books published and printed by a good publisher. Thus, they opt for a method of self-publishing, where they published their book online in the form of eBook. This is all due to the revolution of the internet, that these authors can have their works recognized by the public. Electronic Publishing Publishing an eBook is not an easy task. If you are interesting in publishing your writing, you would need to search on the web for different eBook publishing sites. You can use keywords such as “eBooks” and “electronic publishing” in your search engine to find a good publishing site to put your content in. Through this method, if you find a good publishing website, you can earn some serious money, if your content is good enough. eBook Demand There are many eBooks provider websites who hire writers to write books on a specific topic and provide a great deal of money and recognition to the writer. It is understandable that people tend to go for conventional books rather than eBooks, because they do not feel comfortable sitting on the computer to read the entire book. With the advancement in portable technology, people now have small notebooks, on which they can easily view the eBooks. eBook readers are generally expensive in...
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