The Writing Life

Information, inspiration and insights into the writing life

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Australian literary professionals will be able to follow their storylines around the country and overseas following the announcement of a new travel fund.

Opening for applications in July 2017, the inaugural Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund will provide inspiration and practical support to emerging, midcareer and established writers, editors, agents, publishers, librarians, booksellers and other literary professionals.

ALAA agent Jacinta di Mase answers some common questions about literary agents.
 

What does a literary agent do?

A literary agent is a writer’s representative in the commercial world: their manager, their business representative, protector of their copyright, the one who weighs in on the side of the author/illustrator in all dealings. 

Ann-Marie Priest at the Adelaide Writers Week lecturn

Ann-Marie Priest of Queensland was announced as the winner of the 2017 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship at the Adelaide Writers Festival last night. The announcement followed the Hazel Rowley Memorial Lecture, given by Maxine Beneba Clarke, the 2014 recipient of the Fellowship for her memoir ‘The Hate Race’.

Write-ability

Writers with disability will benefit from a new program announced by Writers Victoria at the Having a Say Conference in Geelong last week.

Write-ability Goes Regional and Online is a three-year program for aspiring writers with disability living in regional Victoria. The project has been assisted by the Australian government through the Department of Communication and the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund.

There are certain ‘signposts’ that, if I see them in a Young Adult (YA) manuscript submission pitch, they can tell me all I need to know about how much an author actually understands YA literature and the readership they purport to be writing for. 

1. YA is not a genre 

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Seven Australian writers have been shortlisted for the 2017 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship worth $15,000.  

The 2017 Fellowship has attracted a strong field of high-quality proposals and includes a broad range of subjects and topics.

Edita, Tony, Jean and Katerina at the announcement

A story by Syrian-born actor and writer Jean Bachoura is the winner of the 2016 Deborah Cass Writing Prize.

'Night Falls', an extract from a larger work in progress, tells a gripping story of a young Syrian-Australian, Eyad, returning to war-destroyed Damascus to meet his mother and revisit his childhood home.

The runners up were Edita Mujkic for her story about leaving Sarajevo under bombardment, ‘From There to Here’, Linda Judge’s Latvian journey ‘...

Royalties* are very important. They are, after all, the primary source of an author’s income. Royalties compensate you, the author, for your work. Good royalties, proper royalties, will increase your income.

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Five aspiring writers from migrant backgrounds have been shortlisted for the 2016 Deborah Cass Prize.

Now in its second year, the prize was established in the memory of Melbourne writer Deborah Cass and aims to support unpublished authors from a migrant background to find a voice and to encourage them to finish and publish their work.

Australian Literary Management was established in 1980 by Caroline Lurie. I joined the company some ten years later and in 1993 became the sole owner. The mainstay of the agency was Australian literary fiction. We also represented a few children’s authors, biography authors, historians and academics. As far as popular fiction went, it mainly consisted of a couple of crime authors.