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Awards wrap-up

12 September 2019
Journalist Hamish McDonald’s self-published book Reasonable Doubt: Spies, police and the Croatian Six was nominated for two awards in August: the Bad Sydney Crime Writers Festival’s Danger Prize (which was...

Awards wrap-up

8 August 2019
In the US, a number of self-published authors were winners at the Romance Writers of America’s (RWA) annual RITA Awards, which recognise excellence in romance novels and novellas. Among the...

Self-publishing scam targets local authors

8 August 2019
The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) is warning local authors about an email campaign from self-publishing company EC Publishing, which offers to exhibit the recipients' titles at the 2019 Miami...

Program released for Emerging Writers’ Festival 2019

3 June 2019
The program has been announced for this year’s Emerging Writers’ Festival, which runs in Melbourne from 19–29 June. The festival includes the National Writers’ Conference, which is billed as Australia’s...

Awards wrap-up

3 June 2019
The winners of several Australian and New Zealand unpublished manuscript awards have been announced over the past month. Perth-based writer Rebecca Higgie was named the winner of the inaugural Fogarty...

Upcoming events

30 April 2019
April Sydney Writers’ Festival (29 April–5 May), Carriageworks, Eveleigh, NSW May Clunes Booktown Festival (4–5 May), Clunes, Vic Scribblers Festival (8–12 May), The Goods Shed, Claremont, WA Institute of Professional Editors conference (8–10 May), Pullman...

Upcoming events

28 March 2019
April International Military Writers’ Festival (5–7 April), Darwin, NT Sydney Writers’ Festival (29 April–5 May), Carriageworks, Eveleigh, NSW May Clunes Booktown Festival (4–5 May), Clunes, Vic Scribblers Festival (8–10 May), The Goods Shed, Claremont, WA...

Self-publishers among Aurealis Awards finalists

28 March 2019
Three self-published books are among the finalists for the Aurealis Awards, presented for science fiction, fantasy and horror writing in Australia. We Ride the Storm by Devin Madson is one...

More than 1000 authors earned over US$100K in 2018 says Amazon

1 March 2019
Amazon has reported that authors earned more than US$260 million (A$359m) from the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Select Global Fund in 2018, totalling more than US$840m (A$1.16bn) since the launch of Kindle Unlimited. Amazon...

EU agrees on copyright directive

1 March 2019
The European Parliament, the Council of the EU and the European Commission have made an agreement on the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, which modernises copyright law for the first...

New Macquarie Uni research to examine Aus rights sales

1 March 2019
The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund and the Australia Council for the Arts will contribute $30,000 each to a new Macquarie University study examining the international rights sales and export of...

Upcoming events

1 March 2019
March Adelaide Writers’ Week (2–7 March), Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden, Adelaide Leading Edge Books conference (17–19 March), Hilton, Adelaide April International Military Writers’ Festival (5–7 April) Sydney Writers’ Festival (29...

Amazon unblocks Oz shoppers from US store

29 November 2018
Australian consumers are now able to purchase and ship items from Amazon’s international website, according to a statement from Amazon. The retailer suspended shipping to Australian addresses from its international website...

New pricing model at PublishDrive

29 November 2018
PublishDrive, a global ebook distribution platform for authors and independent publishers, has introduced a new subscription pricing option, reports Publishers Weekly. Under the new plan, authors will pay a flat...

WA Tourism grants help visitor centre self-publish

30 October 2018
The Dryandra Country Visitor Centre in Western Australia has revealed refurbishments and technology updates, including a newly self-published guidebook, after receiving two grants worth nearly $90,000, reports the West Australian....

ALLi launches new self-publishing campaign

30 October 2018
The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), a UK-based non-profit independent author organisation, has launched a new campaign called Self-publishing 3.0, according to a press release about their forthcoming white paper on the concept....