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From publisher to writer: some answers

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 Words by Charlotte Guest, Publishing Officer at UWA Publishing


 Every week, we receive calls and emails asking a particular set of questions that revolve around one central issue: how does a first time writer get published?

Time constraints mean that we cannot always answer these questions as fully as we’d like, so to satisfy both interlocutors (the asker and the asked) I’d like to dedicate this post to answering the most commonly asked questions, as well as providing some tips to aid your submission before it even gets read.

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Opening the archives: on access to information and resources

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Opening the archives: on access to information and resources

Words by Charlotte Guest, Publishing Officer at UWA Publishing


For those whose Twitter, Instagram and Facebook streams are usually populated with book-related content, you may have been surprised to see an inordinate amount of cake on your screens today. That would be because today is National Cooking for Copyright day, a campaign run by Freedom of Access to Information and Resources (FAIR).

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On Reading: how our reading habits might change the way we think

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Words by Charlotte Guest, Publishing Officer at UWA Publishing

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Socrates bemoaned the advent of writing over oratory for what he saw as its negative impact upon memory: if all knowledge is documented there would be no need to retain it in our minds and our souls. Now, in the twenty-first century, we fear the impact of typing and electronic texts upon memory and learning, majority opinion being that we process information more thoroughly if we hand write notes as opposed to typing them.

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Reading between the lines: notes on publishing now

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Words by Charlotte Guest, Publishing Officer at UWA Publishing


As Sean Kelly wrote in a recent article for The Monthly, our public debate and mainstream media coverage has become increasingly simplistic. We have misplaced the tools for navigating complex topics; there seems to be no time for reflection. This can be said of issues for contemporary Australia as diverse as the refugee crisis to the housing crisis and the terrorism crisis. The point is they’re all ‘crises’; more and more, we are accessing these subjects through the language of extremes; we are witnessing a growing propensity to shy away from deep and sensitive analysis. As, at its core, this is largely a problem with language-use and communication, it is unsurprising that one of its victims is a primary communicative tool: the book.

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