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The Business of Writing: How to navigate your way through the changing publishing landscape

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The Business of Writing is a unique one-day course that answers those questions most often asked by the aspiring writer. As an award-winning, best-selling writer who has also been an agent and an editor, Garth Nix is in a unique position to advise writers on how to navigate their way through the publishing landscape.

Topics covered will include:

• The role of agents - and how to get one
• Contracts
• Foreign Rights
• Film Rights
• Understanding Royalty Statements
• Self-publishing
• The Economics of the Book Business
• Realistic Outcomes
• Marketing yourself
• Working Social Media


About the Tutor

Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia. A full-time writer since 2001, he previously worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. Garth's books include the award-winning fantasy novels Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen; and the cult favourite YA SF novel Shade's Children. His fantasy novels for children include The Ragwitch; the six books of The Seventh Tower sequence; The Keys to the Kingdom series; and Troubletwisters (co-written with Sean Williams). Garth's most recent book is the science fiction adventure A Confusion of Princes. More than five million copies of his books have been sold around the world, his books have appeared on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The Guardian and The Australian, and his work has been translated into 39 languages. He lives in a Sydney beach suburb with his wife and two children.

In addition to his career as an author, Garth is the co-owner of the production company Cartwheel Partners, and has produced several short films, including the IF-award winning and ACTAA-nominated short animation The Missing Key. He is also a silent partner in Australia's oldest and largest literary agency, Curtis Brown (Australia) and one of the founders of internet game design company Creative Enclave.

Please note in the event of unforeseen circumstances, courses - including tutors and venues - may be subject to cancellation or change.