Most writers need to supplement any income they derive from sales of their work with other activities – like teaching, mentoring, editing, public speaking, serving coffee and working in bookstores.
Being a writer asks more of us than just being an artist, or a craftsperson. We must also be our own project manager, Gantt charting our way through a variety of tasks. There’s the researching, writing, critiquing, editing, polishing and pitching our work, but also dealing with the business aspects of writing: the grant submissions, the workshops, the author events, the festivals, the tax returns, the sojourns to the stationery store.
Fortunately, there are resources to help writers deal with the administration of their creative practice.
Staff from the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts make themselves to writers available each year to outline the opportunities available through grants for publishing, new work and promotion. An information night and some follow-up individual consultation sessions are coming up in Brisbane on 17 and 18 March – to book please phone Queensland Writers Centre on 3842 9922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Other states and territories, contact your writers centre or the Arts Council for info about your turn.
As well, Public Lending Right (PLR) and Educational Lending Right (ELR) are Australian Government cultural programs that make payments to eligible Australian creators and publishers in recognition that income is lost through the free multiple use of their books in public and educational lending libraries. New title claims for both PLR and ELR close on 31 March each year. Creators or publishers can make a claim through Lending Rights Online or by using the forms available from Making a Claim.
Have a great weekend of writing, folks.