Seventeen years of manuscript assessment (manuscript appraisal), development and editing by Miles Franklin winner Tom Flood.
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Agents, publishing and other writing issues and resources, see the following links:
The Australian Literary Agents Association. For information on agents and how to go about approaching them. See links below.
The Australian Society of Authors for anything to do with the business of writing. For contact with writers and readers, classes, workshops, competitions and more, see The Writers' Centre of your capital city:
Contact your regional writers centre. NSW Regional Writers Centres are:
Books and Journals
  • Samantha Schwartz, Australian Guide to Getting Published (Hale and Iremonger, 1995).
  • Barbara Jefferis, Australian Book Contracts (Keesing Press, 1994).
  • Australian Author, Journal of the Australian Society of Authors.
  • Australian Bookseller & Publisher (Thorpe).
  • The Australian Writer' Marketplace (Bookman). New edition yearly.
  • Australian Publishers Association Directory of Members.
  • Umberto Eco, On Literature (Vintage)
  • John McWhorter, What Language Is (And What It Isn't And What It Could Be)
  • Stephen King, On Writing (Hodder & Stoughton).
  • Robert McKee, Story (HarperCollins).
  • Lawrence Block, Telling Lies for Fun & Profit.
  • Rhonda Whitton and Sheila Hollingworth, A Decent Proposal.
  • Neil James(ed.), Writers on Writing (Halstead).
Grammar and Writing Resources
  • The Cambridge Guide to Australian English Usage ed. Pam Peters
  • The Chicago Manual of Style
  • Associated Press Stylebook
  • Fowler's Modern English Usage, 2nd Edition, by H. W.; revised and edited by Sir Ernest Gowers (1967) (the non-Gowers attempts at revising Fowler just leave me cold)
  • Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage (1994) (more accessible than Fowler for a lot of people; grammar isn't everything, there's usage to wrestle with too)
  • Mark My Words, Peggy Smith
  • Proofreading Plain & Simple, Debra Hart May
  • Copy Editing, Karen Judd
  • Copyeditor's Handbook, A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications, with Exercises and Answer Keys, Amy Einsohn
  • The Copyeditor's Guide to Substance & Style, EEI
  • Stet! And Stet Again!, Priscilla Taylor
  • Lapsing into a Comma and Elephants of Style, Bill Walsh
  • The Deluxe Transitive Vampire, A Handbook of Grammar and anything else by Karen Elizabeth Gordon
  • The Grammar Devotional by Mignon Fogarty aka the Grammar Girl
  • The Gregg Reference Manual
  • Eats shoots and leaves by L Truss
  • The Writer's Grammar Guide, by Janet Walpole (1984)
  • Working with Words: A Concise Handbook for Media Writers and Editors" by Brooks, Pinson and Gaddy Wilson
  • Copyeditor's Handbook by Amy Einsohn
  • Self-Editing for Fiction Writers Renni Browne and Dave King(HarperPerennialWrite Away by Elizabeth George
  • Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maas
  • The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maas
  • Plot and Structure by Jim Bell
  • Revision and Self-Editing by Jim Bell
  • Getting Into Character by Brandilyn Collins
  • The First Five Pages by Noel Lukeman
  • Stein on Writing by Sol Stein
  • Insights on the Writing Life by Jerry Jenkins
  • The Christian Writers Market Guide by Jerry Jenkins
  • The Writers Digest Shop
  • Self-Publisher's Legal Handbook
  • Grammar Education Resource Guide | SuperSummary
  • Grammarphobia
  • Grammar Underground
While Flood Manuscripts offers these publications and sites as being useful to some writers, their recommendations and methods do not necessarily concur with the opinions of Flood Manuscripts.

Independent Publishing Promo Resources

Literary Agents
  • Alex Adsett Publishing Services (AAPS)
  • Australian Literary Management
  • The Authors' Agent
  • Calidris Literary Agency
  • Cameron's Management
  • Curtis Brown (Australia)
  • Drummond Agency
  • Golvan Arts Management
  • Greenhouse Literary Agency
  • Jacinta di Mase Management
  • Jane Novak Literary Agency
  • Jenny Darling & Associates
  • Margaret Gee Literary Agency
  • Melanie Ostell Literary
  • The Naher Agency
  • The Newman Agency
  • Rick Raftos Management
  • Sarah McKenzie Literary Management
  • Zeitgeist Media Group
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