Australian Society of Authors (ASA)
As authors and illustrators we now have access to a huge range of online resources to help shape our craft, network and market our products. But where do we go when we need some serious advice in matters relating to professional practice?
Formed in 1963, the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) is a professional association providing advice, advocacy and support, and promoting and protecting the rights of Australia's authors and illustrators.
Whether a novice or published author, scriptwriter, journalist, comic artist, games writer, poet or any other written word author, there are member options for you.
An ASA membership allows access to a variety of resources including insurances, contracts, book distribution and promotion, illustrator style files, training, mentorship discounts, overseas rights and more.
As the peak organisation for Australia's authors and illustrators, ASA have achieved many successes over 50 years, including PLR (public lending rights), ELR (educational lending rights), and the Copyright Agency licensing scheme.
You can also find answers to questions such as how do I find an editor or a ghostwriter? How can I arrange someone to speak at my event? How do I create an author/illustrator website? Where and how do I apply for residencies or funding?
Advocating on your behalf for everything from PLR payments on eBooks, fair rates of pay and access to funding as well as lobbying relevant bodies on issues that matter to your professional practice, an ASA membership will support you in your professional journey.
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Introduction by Fiona C Lloyd
Read CKT's October 2019 interview with the Australian Society of Authors (ASA)