On Writing

Writers, editors, agents, publishers and more share their thoughts, experiences and stories.

Mick McCoy discusses writing his new novel ‘What the Light Reveals’

ALAA Agent Jeanne Ryckmans of Cameron’s Management speaks to WV's Emma Cayley about her love of storytelling and how this has shaped her career.

 

A photo of A. S. Patrić by Bleddyn Butcher

A. S. Patrić is the author of two short story collections, 'Las Vegas for Vegans' and 'The Rattler and Other Stories'. His debut novel 'Black Rock White Cit'y was published to critical acclaim in 2015 and won the Miles Franklin Award in 2016.​ He talks to Writers Victoria about writing his recent novel 'Atlantic Black'.

The Writers Victoria Disadvantaged Writers Fund aims to increase opportunities for writers who experience financial and social barriers to developing their writing skills and connecting with the writing and publishing community.

Donations to the Fund help provide free or heavily subsidised professional development opportunities for emerging writers throughout the state of Victoria experiencing difficulties arising from financial hardship.

Part of the role of being a good agent is to stay on top of what publishers are looking for – the publishing trends. It is not as easy as looking at the bestseller list, however, because by the time a trend reaches the reader, agents and publishers are already looking for the next big thing.

Jock Serong's latest book follows the tourist-laden vessel Java Ridge as it encounters the asylum seeker boat Takalar off the coast of Indonesia. As part of our Subscriber-thon series, we talked to Jock about his writing process.

'Australia Day' is Melanie Cheng's engrossing short story collection that won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript in 2016. The book charters the experiences of everyday citizens and the circumstances that can make them feel stuck, stagnant or alone. As part of our Subscriberthon series, we talked to Melanie about her writing process.

Gabriella Coslovich is a Melbourne journalist with more than 20 years experience. Her first book 'Whiteley on Trial' is a hard hitting look at one of the biggest arts fraud cases Australia has ever seen.

For this column, I’ve been asked to write on the theme of ‘Do It Yourself’ in relation to self-publishing, which I have to admit is a tricky one for me as a literary agent. As an agent, my role entails finding publishers for our clients and managing the relationship between author and publisher once we do, in addition to contract negotiations, handling foreign publication rights and film and TV rights, and being our clients’ best advocate.

Alice Pung's new book for Black Inc.’s ‘Writers on Writers’ series explores the life and influence of Australia’s literary treasure, John Marsden.  As part of our Subscriberthon series, we talked to Alice about her writing process.