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Selling Reprints to Australian Markets
by Sharon Hawkins
One way to increase your income without
increasing your workload is to sell reprints to overseas markets. As an
Australian writer, more than fifty percent of my income comes from overseas
sales. For those of you whom Australia is an overseas market, here are a few
Buy the Australian Writer's Marketplace
1999 edited by Rhonda Whitton. This book is similar to the United States'
Writer's Market and the United Kingdom's The Writers' and Artists'
This paperback book is an excellent guide to
Australian markets for poetry, scripts, articles, fillers, short stories,
reviews, interviews and books. Like the UK and US guides, each entry provides
contact details and information on average response time, payment, publication
rights, desired word length and preferred submission methods.
The guide also includes details on Australian
literary agents, awards, competitions, associations, festivals and events.
Advice from successful Australian writers, such as Carmel Bird, completes the
Australian Writer's Marketplace 1999
can be purchased in Australia at most large bookstores or on-line at Australian
stores such as Dymocks http://www.dymocks.com.au/, Collins http://www.collinsbooks.com.au/ or Bookworld http://www.angusrobertson.com.au/. Overseas writers can try
buying the book via Amazon at either their UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/ or US http://www.amazon.com/ site. A
special order may be required.
Australian magazines and newspapers are slowly
making it on to the web, providing a convenient way for overseas writers to do
market research. Use The Ultimate Collection of News Links
http://www.pppp.net/links/news/ and Ecola Newsstand
http://www.ecola.com/news/magazine/oc/au/ to locate Australian publications
on-line. Australia has few paying e-zines, but Excite's Australian search engine
http://au.excite.com/ can find possible markets.
Two other Australian links worth a peek are Oz
Lit http://home.vicnet.net.au/~ozlit/welcome.html and APA
http://www.publishers.asn.au/. Oz Lit is a huge site covering everything related
to the Australian literary world with numerous links to other sites. APA is the
Australian Publishers Association web site containing publishers' contact
details and links to their web pages where available.
To ensure a reply when contacting an editor via
snail mail, include a self addressed envelope and International Reply Coupons.
These coupons are available from most post offices worldwide and your targeted
editor can exchange them at any Australian post office for stamps.
On your cover page, state where your work has
been previously published. Many British, American and New Zealand magazines are
widely available on Australian newsstands. In fact, many overseas publications
are competitors in the Australian marketplace. If your targeted editor discovers
he has published an article recently run in the competition, it will be the last
sale you make to that editor.
Editors generally hate editing, so self-edit
your work to suit the Australian market. Remove any local slang. American
writers should "Australianise" their English.
Australian English is unique having being
influenced by British and American English and Aboriginal languages.
Australian English Glossary from A to Zed http://www.uta.fi/FAST/US1/REF/aust-eng.html lists many of
Australia's favourite sayings. Australian Words http://www.anu.edu.au/ANDC/Austwords/ explains the history and
meaning of Australian terms such as jackeroo and galah.
Be aware that some words have a different
meaning overseas. The US word fanny meaning buttocks, for example, is used in
Australia to refer to the external female genitalia often in a crude manner. One
site which list words that may cause embarrassment is Brit Speak http://pages.prodigy.com/NY/NYC/britspk/probword.html.
There are many differences between Australian
and American spelling. The most obvious being words ending in -or- being spelt
-our- in Australia. The easiest way to edit your work is to set the spell check
on your word processor to Australian English. Any problems can be resolved using
Australia's best dictionary, the Macquarie Dictionary, on-line http://www.dict.mq.edu.au/ at the MacquarieNet Home
Now I advise you go back through your files and
search for work suitable to sell to Australian markets. You may be astonished to
find work that you can sell for extra cash without extra effort.
© Copyright 1999, Sharon Hawkins
Sharon Hawkins is a freelance writer living in sunny Queensland, Australia. Her recent work has entertained readers of Top
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