'While there are many books about how to write, few focus on the profession of being a author. After decades of teaching and advising aspiring writers, lecturer Deborah Hunn and publisher Georgia Richter realised that new writers need more than just a writer's manual if they are to succeed in the competitive world of authorship. Taking new writers' most commonly asked questions as a starting point, and calling on the know-how of published authors and industry professionals, Richter and Hunn present the lowdown on topics such as how to find a publisher, preparing a manuscript for submission, agents, contracts, coping with rejection, the editing process, ethical and moral rights, and own-voice considerations, pitching, self-promotion, finding and building an audience, establishing an author brand, fruitful relationships with booksellers, and creating and maintaining social media profiles.
'The book features contributions and perspectives from industry insiders Tim Coronel, Alecia Hancock and Claire Miller, as well as 19 authors from a wide range of genres- Liz Byrski, Alan Carter, Nandi Chinna, Amanda Curtin, Daniel de Lorne, Deb Fitzpatrick, James Foley, Ambelin Kwaymullina, Natasha Lester, Stephen Kinnane, Brigid Lowry, Meg McKinlay, Caitlin Maling, Brendan Ritchie, Rachel Robertson, Holden Sheppard, Sasha Wasley, David Whish-Wilson and Anne-Louise Willoughby.' (Publication summary)