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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 sales tips.

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' Yearbook.

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 work.

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 Page.

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 Dog, Rootes, and Australian Family Tree Connections.

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