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Industry Podcast Show Notes

Episode 27

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Welcome to our latest Industry Special edition of the Australian Book Lovers podcast! For this episode 27 hosts Veronica and Darren are extremely honoured and grateful for the opportunity to chat with CEO of the Australian Society of Authors Olivia Lanchester, and for all of our writing listeners out there we can promise that you're going to absolutely love what she has to reveal about helping to make you the best author you can possible be!

From topics such as contract negotiations, book distribution for self funded authors, the definitive word on copyright, fantastic tools that ASA have to turn your hobby into a business and a whole lot more, Olivia was very gracious with her time and knowledge and I'm sure you'll agree that the knowledge she brings to this interview is absolutely priceless...

Industry Information

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) is the professional organisation, community and voice of Australia’s writers and illustrators. 

Established in 1963 as the peak national association for Australian authors, our purpose is to support writers and illustrators to pursue sustainable creative careers through advocacy, support and advice.


  • We campaign at industry and government levels for author and illustrator rights including, but not limited to, fair pay, fair contracts and robust copyright protections

  • We set minimum recommended rates of pay for authors and illustrators

  • We also represent our members' interests to relevant policy-making bodies, including representation on the boards of copyright collecting societies, lending rights agencies and other book industry bodies



  • We provide individual advice for members across a wide range of book industry and publishing matters via our FREE Advice service

  • We offer a Contract Assessment Service in partnership with Banki Haddock Fiora, providing members with a full commercial and legal assessment of their publishing contract, or other industry agreements

  • We publish standard contract templates for writers and illustrators, FAQs and detailed resources for authors and illustrators on professional matters including publishing, copyright, First Nations intellectual and cultural property, marketing and more

Our members

The ASA exists thanks to the support of our members, over 3000 professional and aspiring authors and illustrators. We represent everyone who writes or illustrates for publication and our members include novelists, biographers, illustrators, academics, cartoonists, scientists, food and wine writers, historians, graphic novelists, children’s writers, ghostwriters, travel writers, romance writers, crime writers, science fiction writers, editors, bloggers, journalists, poets and more.

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