Publishing Tips and Tools

Get tips, tricks and tools on the business of writing and getting published.

Photo of Courtney Miller-Callihan in front of a garden fence

You’ve finished your novel. It’s been fact-checked, spell-checked, proofread, edited and polished to the point of perfection. Now you are ready to find an agent. You know that in these days of the global village and Internet frontiers it is possible to go international. After all, Australia’s own genre Queens and Kings have proved that, from bestselling romance writers Anne Gracie and Anna Campbell to thriller megastars Michael Robotham and Matthew Reilly, to name just four.

In Australia it is helpful to...

Photo of Maria Katsonis

Maria Katsonis has successfully pitched her articles via email, telephone, in person and even via Twitter.

Writers Victoria intern Sharona Lin picked Maria’s brain ahead of her upcoming workshop on Pitching Essentials for Writers.

Photo of Euan Mitchell

WV tutor Euan Mitchell talks about the publisher’s paradox…

Euan is a former senior editor for a major publisher. He has written three novels and has a range of non-fiction books to his credit. He has also successfully published other writers in several genres. Euan has taught writing, editing and publishing at Monash University, Victoria University, Swinburne University and Box Hill TAFE. His latest book is Your Book Publishing Options.

Photo of Donna Ward resting her head in one hand

“Make sure every word you write is perfectly placed,” says WV and Small Press Network tutor Donna Ward.

Donna is the founding managing editor of indigo, the journal of Western Australian creative writing, was the editor of Sotto Magazine, and is now publisher at Australia’s newest press, Inkerman & Blunt.

Photo of Clare Allan-Kamil

Writers Victoria sat down with WV tutor, mentor and manuscript assessor Clare Allan-Kamil to get her take on how to write a synopsis that will stand out.

As the synopsis is the first example of your writing an agent, editor or publisher sees, it’s vital to get it right – if they don’t like your synopsis they might not bother to read your sample chapters. As daunting as it seems, there are tricks and tools you can use to make your synopsis stand out.

Photo of Stella Young in a striped dress, sitting in her wheelchair, her chin in her hand

Did you miss out on our Ask the Editor live Twitter Q+A with Stella Young? Don’t worry, you can now catch up on Storify.

What makes a good pitch? What can you do to present your writing or ideas as effectively as possible? What is it that makes an editor say ‘YES’?

Many thanks to all those who joined the conversation.

 

Peter Rose speaking from a lecturn with microphones

In this talk for Writers Victoria in March 2014, poet, memoirist and editor Peter Rose advised poets on how to get their work published in Australia.

Peter Rose is the author of the award-winning family memoir Rose Boys (2001), just reissued as a Text Classic. His latest novel is Roddy Parr (Fourth Estate, 2010). He has also published five poetry collections, most recently Crimson Crop (UWA Publishing, 2012), which won a 2012 Queensland Literary Award.

Photo of Julien Leyre wearing a flat cap

“There are more internet users in China today than European citizens,” says WV tutor (and director of the Marco Polo Festival of Digital Literature) Julien Leyre.

Julien is a French-Australian writer, educator and social entrepreneur. Julien studied humanities and classics in Paris before teaching linguistics and translation at the Sorbonne.

Photo of Debbie Higgs in a field

“Successful self published authors understand the publishing process and seek advice from industry professionals,” explain WV tutors Debbie and Paul Higgs.

Paul and Debbie are directors of Palmer Higgs, have been providing book production services to the publishing industry for over thirty years.

Photo of Clare Allan-Kamil

Writers Victoria sat down with WV tutor, mentor and manuscript assessor Clare Allan-Kamil to get her take on the art of synopsis writing.

As the synopsis is the first example of your writing an agent, editor or publisher sees, it’s vital to get it right – if they don’t like your synopsis they might not bother to read your sample chapters. As daunting as it seems, there are tricks and tools you can use to make your synopsis stand out.