Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I want to write. What should I do?
  2. I want to join a writing group or centre. Where do I find these?
  3. I've finished a manuscript and want to get it published. What should I do?
    1. How do I present my manuscript?
    2. How does traditional publishing work?
    3. What if I am offered a contract?
    4. I’ve been offered a contract but the publisher has requested that I contribute to costs. Is this standard?
  4. What about self-publishing?
  5. What about digital publishing?
  6. How do I protect the copyright on my manuscript
  7. How do I find a literary agent?
  8. What is a manuscript assessor and how do I find one?
  9. What if no publisher will take my manuscript?
  10. I've published my manuscript myself. How can I promote and distribute it?.
  11. I've got an idea for a book. Can someone help me write it?
  12. How can I find out if the manuscript I've written is any good?
  13. Is funding available to help me write or publish my work?
  14. I've written a children's book. Who can give me advice about what to do with it?
  15. I've written a book that is about mental illness (or suicide, or some other health-related field). I want to get it published. What should I do?
  16. I want to write my life story. How do I go about it?
  17. How much should I charge for my services as a writer?

Q1. I want to write. What should I do?
If you would like to write but are unsure how to get started by yourself, consider joining a writing group or attending a writing workshop. There are regular writing groups across the metropolitan area and in regional areas. For more information, see Q. 2, below. One-off or series-based workshops are run by a number or organisations and writers' centres and a good way to get information about these is to check the "What's On?" listings on this site, which are updated regularly.

Q2. I want to join a writing group. Where do I find these groups?
A: Many of the writers' organisations in Perth host regular writing groups. Others offer one-off or short-term workshops and courses where you can meet like-minded writers. Here are their contacts:

Fellowship of Australian Writers WA
Tom Collins House, corner Wood and Kirkwood streets, Swanbourne, WA 6010
Telephone: (08) 9384 4771
Facsimile: (08) 9384 4854
Email: [email protected]

Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre
KSP Writers Centre welcomes the public to join the range of writers groups they offer, catering to writers of all ages, levels of experience and interests. They are always happy to welcome new writers into the fold and their groups offer a great opportunity to develop skills and meet writers with similar interests.

11 Old York Road, Greenmount, WA 6056
Telephone/Facsimile: (08) 9294 1872
Email: [email protected]

Peter Cowan Writers Centre
Joondalup Campus, Edith Cowan University
Joondalup Drive, Joondalup, WA 6027
Telephone: (08) 9301 2282
Email: [email protected]

The Centre for Stories
The Centre for Stories is a social enterprise providing programs to encourage the sharing of stories in Australia and beyond.
100 Aberdeen St, Northbridge
Telephone: 9328 1443
Email: [email protected]

Rockingham Writers Centre
Rockingham Arts Centre has groups for writers at different levels of expertise and also organises regular networking meetings, guest speakers, workshops and events to promote and sell members' books.

Rockingham Arts Centre
Kent Street, Rockingham
Telephone: 0410 906 656
Email: [email protected]

Australian Writers Guild
The AWG represents performance writers - for screen, stage, radio and digital media.
266 William Street, Northbridge, WA 6003
Telephone: (08) 9227 9885
Email: [email protected]

Society of Women Writers WA
PO Box 434, Northbridge, WA 6865
Telephone: 041 584 0031
Email: [email protected]

The Literature Centre
Old Prison Hospital
Cnr Hampton Road and Knutsford Street, Fremantle, WA 6160.
Telephone: (08) 9430 6869
Email: [email protected]

Children's Book Council of Australia - WA Branch (Inc.)
PO Box 473
West Perth WA 6872
Telephone: 9271 3063 (President)
Email: [email protected]

The Australian Writers Centre (Perth)
Head office telephone: (02) 9929 0088
Email: [email protected]

If you are looking for assistance with editing or proofreading a manuscript, then contact: 

Editors WA (a branch of IPEd)
PO Box 99
Subiaco WA 6904
email: [email protected]

If you're interested in romance writing, contact this group:
Romance Writers of Australia Inc.
PO Box 1236 
Neutral Bay NSW 2089
Telephone: 0429 233 764
Email: [email protected]

If you're interested in poetry, contact:
WA Poets Inc
PO Box 684
Inglewood 6932
Telephone/fax: 9471 1084
Email: [email protected]

Writers groups also meet throughout Perth and Western Australia. Below, we have listed groups we are aware of; please note that as we rely on group leaders to update information, not all details may be current. Another avenue for identifying groups near you which may not be listed here would be to speak with your local library or post on a community noticeboard. You could even consider starting your own! If you do belong to a writing group and would like the contact details listed or updated, please send us an email.

Albany: Creative Writing Groups
Albany Public Library has two groups who meet every second Thursday.  Both groups offer friendly advice and a safe platform to try out your writing style.
General Creative Writing is held between 11.00am and 1.00pm every second Thursday.
SciFantHor is the creative writing group for those who have an interest in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. This group meets between 6.00pm and 8.00pm every second Thursday.

Albany: The Writer’s Room at the Vancouver Arts Centre
The Writer's Room is a space for Great Southern Writers, to come and to write quietly, to gather in, to share ideas and to have a central hub of information around writing related opportunities in the Great Southern and beyond. For an annual membership fee of $25, you can have access to this space to write and create in, a monthly newsletter that is a roundup of all writing related activities happening in the Great Southern and first dibs on writing workshops and PD opportunities in the space. You'll also get to be part of a nurturing creative community.
Address: 85 Vancouver St, Albany
Contact: Katie McAllister  Telephone: 0467 880 392
Email: [email protected]

Armadale: Armadale Writers' Group
Meets weekly, Wednesday morning 9.30–11.30 in the Armadale Library Meeting Room.
Friendly group of published and unpublished writers.
Fees: $5 weekly contribution covers occasional guest speakers & tea/coffee
Email: [email protected]

Armadale: Inklings Writers' Workshop
Meets weekly Thursday evenings, 5.45pm-7.45pm in the Armadale Library Meeting Room.
The group offers a structured format to explore the writer's craft and a forum to give and receive feedback on writing projects. All are welcome.
Fees: $5 per session
Email: [email protected]

Bassendean: Bassendean Writers Group
Meets fortnightly, Monday evening 5.30–7pm at Bassendean Memorial Library
Email: Andrew - [email protected]

Belmont: Belmont Writer's Group

Meets on the third Tuesday of each month, 5:30-6:30pm, at Ruth Faulkner Public Library.
Be inspired and meet other writers in a comfortable and relaxed environment.
Contact: Jocelyne Taylor
Telephone: (08) 9477 7150
Email: [email protected]

Brookton Writing Group
Meet the first Saturday of the month at the Brookton Deli/Cafe at 10 am.  
Bring a pen and paper and your imagination.  
Contact Sharon on 0490706804 for more details.

Bunbury: Bunbury Writers

Contact: Ben Mason
Telephone: 0402480024
Email: [email protected]
Meets every second Thursday 6:30 at SALA bar. All forms and genres accepted. All participants are invited to participate. We aim to provide a vibrant environment to inspire and better our written words.

Carnamah: Scribes of North Midlands
Meets fortnightly at The Exchange in Carnamah. For aspiring, emerging and established writers of all genres and forms. New members and drop-ins are welcome.
Contact: Helen
Email: [email protected]

Claremont: Budding Authors
Meets weekly for writing, critique, discussion and support. All forms and genres welcome. New members welcome.

Donnybrook: Donnybrook Writers Group
Contact: Jo Hamlet
Telephone: 9731 0483
Email: [email protected]
Meets fortnightly at the Donnybrook Library, from 2.30 to 4.30pm.

Ellenbrook: Ellenbrook Writers' Group
Contact:  Debbie Williams
Telephone: 046 607 3759
Email:  [email protected]

Fremantle: Writing at the Centre
Poetry classes with Shane McCauley, Prose classes with Helen Hagemann, on alternate Fridays 1–3pm noon, Room 9, Fremantle Arts Centre.
Masterclasses with Dr Bruce Russell for longer works of fiction.
For information contact: Helen Hagemann on 9343 0072 [email protected] or Dr Bruce Russell 9339 2131 [email protected]
Fremantle: OOTA - Out of the Asylum Writers' Group
Meets every Friday at 12 noon before Writing at the Centre classes at Fremantle Arts Centre, 1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle.
Contact: Josephine Clarke
Telephone: (08) 9336 5995
Email: [email protected]

Geraldton: Writers of the Coral Coast
Meets 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at 2pm, City of Greater Geraldton Library, Marine Terrace, Geraldton, WA 6530.
Contact: Lorraine
Telephone: 0488 486 942
Email: [email protected]

Gosnells: Pen-Arias Writing Group
Meets fortnightly on Thursday mornings in Thornlie. Limited membership numbers.
Telephone: (08) 9524 1971 or 0429 116 395
Email: [email protected]

Gosnells: Gosnells Writer's Link
Meets at Knowledge Centre, The Agonis, 2232D Albany Highway, Gosnells
Contact: Marilyn Siggers
Telephone: (08) 9398 2110

Gosnells: Gosnells Writer's Circle
Meets from 11.30am to 2.30pm every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month at Knowledge Centre, The Agonis, 2232D Albany Highway, Gosnells
Contact: Valerie Goodreid: 0428 915 508/Barbara Gurney: (08) 9490 6738
Email: [email protected]

Joondalup: PCWC Monthly Writers Group
Meets monthly from 12.30-2.00pm on the first Thursday of the month at Peter Cowan Writers Centre, Bldg 20, ECU Joondalup. All welcome!
Contact: Martin Chambers
Telephone: 0400 837 157
Email: [email protected]

Kalgoorlie: Goldfields Writers Group
Meets every final Sunday and second Thursday in the month, at 2 pm at the William Grundt Library in Robert Street, Kalgoorlie. They are hoping to put together a book of writing by the group, about Goldfields stories and poems. New members are welcome.
Contact: Lesley
Telephone: 0400 755 269
Email: [email protected]

Karratha: Pilbara Writers
Meets: fortnightly on a Thursday at the Red Earth Arts Precinct Library, Karratha 6-7pm.
This friendly and supportive group welcomes established and aspiring writers of all genres. They share their expertise in regular workshops and celebrate each other's writing. Cost is free.  For upcoming workshops please see their Pilbara Writers Facebook page.
Contact: Emily Scanlan
Telephone: 0409 162 899
Facebook: Pilbara Writers

Karrinyup: Karrinyup Writers’ Club Inc.
Meets:  Thursdays at midday for 12.15 start -> 3.00pm
Description: Creative writing group
Membership:  Limited to 20 members, waiting list applies
Eligibility: Over 18yrs. Some knowledge of writing is required. Applicants will be invited to read a piece of their work at a meeting.
Contact: The Secretary
Email: [email protected]

Kelmscott: Come-Write-In Writer's Group
Meets second and fourth Friday of the month, 9.30-11.30am, at the Kelmscott Library Meeting Room.
Contact: Jenny Ramshaw (Librarian)
Telephone: (08) 9394 5812
Email: [email protected]

Kununurra: Kununurra Writers' Group
Telephone: (08) 9169 1227
Email: [email protected]

Mandurah: 'Scribblers': Mandurah-Murray Writers Group Inc
PO Box 580, Mandurah, WA 6210
Telephone: (08) 9582 1966
Email: [email protected]

Mandurah: Coastal Writers
Meet: 10am-noon on Friday mornings at RSL Hall, Third Ave, Mandurah
Welcomes writers of all ages, levels and styles. We offer online information on markets, marketing, competitions and publishing emailed weekly. Published authors in the group are happy to share their expertise to help new writers improve skills with a view to publication.
Fees: no weekly fees - yearly subs ($25) payable after 3 week try-before-buy period
Contact: Dave or Rose
Telephone: (08) 9535 5470
Email: [email protected]

Manjimup: Warren Literary Society
Telephone: (08) 9776 7104
Email: [email protected]

Melville: Melville Writers
Meet: Each Tuesday afternoon in Booragoon.
Please make contact in advance to advise if you wish to attend/join this group.
Email: [email protected]

Mukinbudin: NEWROC Writers 
Meet the second Wednesday of every month at 2pm at various venues.
Contact Peta Watson on (08) 9047 0070
Email: [email protected]

Narrogin: Narrogin Writers' Group
Meets: 7.30–11pm Thursday nights at Narrogin Library.
A local group of writers meeting for relaxed, informal sharing of skills and techniques.
No cost.
Contact: Kay Weaver
Telephone: (08) 9881 1751
Email: [email protected]

Northam: Avon Valley Morning Writers and Avon Valley Afternoon Writers
These two Northam groups are part of the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre.  They are general-interest and welcome creative writers from all genres and at any level of the craft. They are designed for members to share work and receive feedback, with the aim of improving writing and editing skills to publication standard. Wheatbelt people are encouraged to join and utilise emails if meetings are too difficult to attend.

Avon Valley Morning Writers
Facilitator: Guy Salvidge
Venue: The Duke's Inn, 197 Duke Street, Northam
Meets: Every Thursday 7.00pm - 9.00pm (in term time only)
Cost: $5.00 KSP Members/$10.00 Non-Members

Avon Valley Afternoon Writers
Facilitator: Nicole Taylor
Venue: Northam Library, 298 Fitzgerald Street, Northam
Meets: Every Wednesday 10.00am - 12.00pm (in term time only)
Cost: $5.00 KSP Members/$10.00 Non-Members

Pearsall: Pearsall Story Weavers
Meets every Wednesday from 11am-2pm at the Pearsall Hocking Community Centre, Lot 271 Willespie Dr, Pearsall
Cost: Gold coin donation
All welcome; please email first to add your name to the list
Contact: Peter
Email: [email protected]

Perth: Write Together
Meets every Tuesday from 5.30pm till 8pm at The Butchers Arms pub on St Georges Tce, Perth.
The group is part of Meetup.
Contact: Peter O'Connor
Email: [email protected]

See entry for "Rockingham Writers Centre", above. Current groups include Beginners, Advanced, and Poetry.

Toodyay: Creative Writing Group
Meets: 10am each 2nd & 4th Thursday of the Month at Toodyay Library
The Creative Writing Group is a small friendly gathering of locals who love to read with a desire to write. It’s fun, it’s free and it may be for you.
Contact: Toodyay Library
Telephone: (08) 9574 2323

Wagin: Writers Group
Meets: monthly at the Wagin Library & Gallery at 3 Trent Street, Wagin
New members are always welcome.
The writing interests of members covers a range of genres. They are a small, informal and friendly group of people with no industry or publishing affiliation. Their aim is simply to provide a safe, positive atmosphere to sound out aspects of writers' works in progress.
Contact: Stephanie Dimmock, Library Manager, Wagin Library & Gallery
Telephone: (08) 9861 1247
Email: [email protected]

Victoria Park: Writing Group
Meets: Thursdays fortnightly, 6.45pm-8.45pm, at the Victoria Park Centre for the Arts, 12 Kent Street, East Victoria Park. Short story or poem. The theme is determined on a fortnightly basis. Max 1,000 words. Coffee and tea provided.
Cost: $3.
Email: [email protected] or sign up on the Meet Up network at

Yanchep: Sun City Writers' Group
Contact: Anita McInnes
Email: [email protected]

Q3. I've finished a manuscript and want to get it published. What should I do?

If your goal is to see your work traditionally published with a mainstream publishing house, you need to do some research to determine a list of publishers to whom you might submit your manuscript. Publishers have different areas of specialty and there is no point sending your fantasy novel to a publisher of non-fiction, or your self-help book to a boutique poetry publisher. You can find a comprehensive list of Australian publishers at the Australian Publishers Association, which includes links to most publishers' web sites. For a detailed list of publishers and markets generally, get a copy of The Australian Writers Marketplace from the Queensland Writers Centre or at your local library. This is an excellent book, updated each year, and provides information about what each publisher takes as well as how they like it presented. Online access is also available for a fee.


Q3.1. How should I present my manuscript?
Each publisher has its own submission guidelines and these can vary significantly from place to place. Most publishers have websites where these guidelines may be accessed. If you would like your work considered, you should take care to adhere to the individual submission requirements for each publisher. Publishers receive a large number of submissions and failure to adhere to submission guidelines may result in your manuscript being returned unread.

Note that some publishers do not accept unsolicited submissions at all, while others accept work only from previously published authors. Others may have 'submission windows' they open for brief periods from time to time, and in some cases for specific sorts of manuscripts. Signing up for industry newsletters such as writingWA's fortnightly e-news will ensure that you are advised of opportunities such as these as they arise.

If you wish to submit material to publishers who do not accept unsolicited manuscripts, you can try and secure a literary agent, who will present your work to publishers on your behalf. For details, see Q.9, below.

Further advice is available in the Australian Society of Authors' free information sheet "Getting Published".

Q3.2. How does traditional publishing work?
Commercial publishers take on the financial risk of publication and aim to recoup their costs from sales of the published book. This is why this kind of publishing is a highly selective process. Commercial publishing houses have their own sales and marketing teams who will organise publicity and promotion and work to get your book into bookstores via their established distribution networks.

Note that it can take a period of several months for editorial staff at the publisher to read your submission and decide if they would like to see more or offer you a contract.

Q3.3. What if I am offered a contract?
If a publisher selects your manuscript for publication they will negotiate a contract with you. This usually includes a percentage of sales as your royalty, typically 10% of the retail price. You should always have an expert look at any contract before you sign. The Arts Law Centre and the Australian Society of Authors both provide contract advice services.

There will almost certainly be an editorial process that takes place before the book is finalised for production, in which you will work with an editor at the publishing house to revise your manuscript in preparation for publication. You will also be consulted on issues such as cover design, title and so on.

Once the manuscript is finalised, the publishing firm will have the book designed and typeset and prepare everything for printing. You should be given proofs of the typeset work to make sure they're correct. Once the book is printed the publisher will promote the book and distribute it to bookshops and other appropriate outlets.

Q3.4. I've been offered a contract but the publisher has requested that I contribute to costs. Is this standard?
No. In traditional publishing, the publisher bears the financial risk and should not request any contribution from the author. If you are asked to pay to have your work published, no matter what the amount, you are most likely dealing with a ‘vanity publisher'. This is a publisher which transfers some or all of the financial risk to the writer.

There are some unscrupulous vanity presses around; however depending on what your individual goals are, you may find that some do offer value for money. Ask to see examples and reviews of their previously published books, and consider contacting authors who have already worked with them to ascertain what their experience has been. Also be sure to carefully examine all quotes and contracts to see what is covered (for example, editing and proofreading may not be included, nor distribution and promotion).

Vanity publishers often provide no, or a very limited, marketing and distribution service, and do not have the quality control of commercial publishing houses. In some senses, they may be seen as operating more as a book production service than a publishing house, and this can be a very expensive enterprise for writers, who find themselves with a printed book, but no post-production support in terms of sales, marketing or distribution.

Note that a ‘vanity' publisher will not describe itself using this term. They may use terms such as 'co-op', 'subsidy', or 'partnership' publisher, and often advertise themselves as providing a pathway by which new authors can enter the industry. This can be misleading, however, as such publishers generally lack the means to afford a new author the exposure and platform necessary to build a successful career.

Before you consider accepting a contract with this kind of publisher, you should explore the option of self-publishing, information about which is provided below, in Q.4.


Q4. What about self-publishing?
With increased access to print-on-demand technologies as well as digital modes of publication, self-publishing has become an increasingly viable option. 'Self-publishers' are authors or organisations who have opted to take on the role of the commercial publisher themselves. Self-publishers not only take on the costs of publication but also bear most or all of the responsibility for marketing and distribution. You will also need to deal with issues of formatting, design and printing yourself.

Some writers choose to self-publish because they have been unsuccessful in securing a contract with a commercial publisher, while others opt for this model from the outset. Examples of the latter might be someone who wishes to publish their life story for an audience of mostly family; a poet bringing out a small debut collection or ‘chapbook' which might be mostly sold at local venues or by word of mouth; or an organisation producing a commissioned history. There are certainly instances where self-published work has been successful in gaining a broader, mainstream audience; however this is the exception rather than the norm, and if you wish to sell your self-published work to the general public, you need to be prepared to invest a significant amount of time and energy in sales and marketing.
If you are considering this path, it is important to have a clear understanding of what it will involve for you, and what the likely outcomes will be. There are a number of different options and issues to consider, and these are outlined in our free publication 'Self Publishing'.

For further reading, access the Australian Society of Authors' FAQ.


Q5. What about digital publishing?
At the time of writing, digital publishing, or ‘e-publishing', is experiencing unprecedented growth. Established commercial publishers are moving to provide ‘e-books' as an alternative format to their printed publications; at the same time, increasing numbers of writers are taking the step of publishing their own work in digital format, bypassing publishing houses and the option of print-based publication.

For information on this developing area of publishing, visit the 'Digital Publishing' section of the writingWA website, which contains a number of useful resources as well as links to alternative sources of information.

The Australian Society of Authors also has free informationon e-books, which can be viewed here.


Q6. How do I protect the copyright of my manuscript? 
Copyright protection in Australia is not dependent on registration, publication or any other formal procedure. Under the Australian Copyright Act and the Berne Convention on copyright, material is automatically protected by law from the time it is first recorded - whether that be in written or audio format. You can put the internationally recognised copyright symbol (©) on your manuscript, along with your name and the year, to indicate that the manuscript is your property and reproduction is not permitted without approval. For comprehensive information about copyright, visit the Australian Copyright Council's website


Q7. How do I find a literary agent?
Refer to the Literary Agents Association website. Note that literary agents will also have their own submission guidelines and you should be sure to follow these when presenting your work.


Q8.What is a manuscript assessor and how do I find one?
A manuscript assessor is someone who will read your work and provide a written report on its strengths and weaknesses, with suggestions for ways in which the work might be improved. It may also provide an evaluation of the commercial viability of the work with regard to current market trends and industry conditions.

There are many individuals and companies offering manuscript assessment services. writingWA has prepared a list of assessors and this may be downloaded here.

Note that no license or qualification is required to become a manuscript assessor. Do your research and make sure you find the best fit for you in terms of professional experience and expertise as well as the specifics of the services provided and fees charged.

You might also like to read 'Reviewing the Reviewer', a report prepared by the Queensland Writers Centre which aimed to "explore the writer's experience of appraisal services to determine their credibility and usefulness, as well as to learn about the process from the writer's perspective".


Q9. What if no publisher will accept my manuscript?
If you are still keen to see your manuscript become a book, you might consider self-publishing, whether in hard copy or digital format. For information on these options, please see Q4 and Q5, above.


Q10. I've published my book myself. How can I promote and distribute it?
Promotion and distribution is one of the challenges faced by self-publishers. You can either establish your own networks and take on the responsibility for these yourself, or you can employ a service to do so on your behalf. Whichever option you choose, more information is provided in our free publication 'Self Publishing'.


Q11. I've got an idea for a book. Can someone help me write it?
Ghostwriting and coaching services are available but these will of course attract a fee. Writing a book is a significant undertaking which involves a substantial investment of time and writers/editors cannot reasonably be expected to accept the promise of a share in any hoped-for royalties as payment. If you would like to explore services such as these, try searching the writingWA Literati database. Note that this database is user-maintained and the information provided has been submitted by individuals advertising their services. If you wish to engage someone to help you with your writing project, it is up to you make an assessment of which service or writer would be the best fit for you.

It may be, however, that if you have an idea for a book, you are the best person to write it. Why not make a start on your own and see where it leads you, or consider joining one of the many local writing groups on offer (see Q.2 for details).

Q12. How can I find out if the manuscript I've written is any good?
You can always ask family and friends to read it. But remember that opinions are subjective and that the feedback of people you know may not be entirely impartial. Join a writing group and share your work there in order to gain a more objective, critical opinion. You might also consider paying a professional writer or editor to read it for you and provide more formal feedback. Such people, often called 'manuscript assessors' will charge a fee for their services. See Q.8 for more details.

It is also worth exploring the range of opportunities available to emerging and unpublished writers - from competitions to selective masterclasses to manuscript development awards. Keep an eye on our fortnightly e-news and "What's On" listings in order to stay up to date with current opportunities.

Q13. Is funding available to help me write or publish my work?
The State Government, through the Department of Culture and the Arts, provides a range of grants for writers. The Commonwealth Government, through the Australia Council for the Arts, also provides grants for writers. Both organisations also provide assistance to publishers to help them publish original Australian works of poetry and fiction. Individuals cannot generally apply for publishing assistance although specific grants for this purpose may be made available from time to time.

Be aware that literary grants are highly competitive. In some cases you must have previously published work in order to be eligible for assistance. Make sure you familiarise yourself with the specific guidelines and eligibility conditions of a grant before lodging your application. Many funding bodies will provide feedback on unsuccessful applications on request; obtaining such feedback can assist you to strengthen your application for re-submission in a later round.

Q14. I've written a children's book. Who can give me advice about what to do with it?
Please read Qs 3, 4 and 5 for general information about the options available to you. If submitting to a commercial publisher, make sure you research and identify those who publish work for the age group for whom you are writing and in the genre applicable to your work.

There are competitions and opportunities available specifically for children's writers. Familiarise yourself with these by staying up to date with our "What's On" listings.

Also consider joining the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Memberships are processed via the SCBWI International site but Western Australia has a vibrant local chapter which holds regular meetings and provides opportunities for professional development and exchange with other writers and illustrators. Members range from beginners through to multi-published authors. For information on the WA branch, contact them via email: [email protected]

If you have a particular interest in children's literature, you might also be interested in the activities of The Literature Centre (Telephone: (08) 9430 6869; [email protected]) and the Children's Book Council of Australia.

Q15. I've written a book that is about mental illness (or suicide, or some other health-related field). I want to get it published. What should I do?
Please read Qs 3, 4 and 5 for general information about the options available to you. Depending on the subject matter and intended audience for your work, you might also consider approaching government health-related agencies such as Family and Children's Services or the Health Department.

Q16. I want to write my life story. How do I go about it?
Our free publication, Writing Your Place in History, gives a comprehensive outline of how to go about this. Writers' centres and other writing-related organisations occasionally offer one-off workshops or courses in this area; for opportunities such as these, keep an eye on the "What's On" section of our website.

Q17. How much should I charge for my services as a writer?
The amount or rate you charge will depend on a range of factors which may include such things as your own experience level, the type of work being undertaken, the timeframe, and specific conditions negotiated with the client.

There is no Award rate or fixed pricing mechanism for most writers' services (excepting journalists. For information on the various Awards, contact the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance). However, the Australian Society of Authors set recommended rates for authors which include freelance writing rates based on the MEAA guidelines.