On Friday the Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body, released The Writer’s Guide to Making a Digital Living: Choose Your own Adventure. Don’t let the long title fool you, it is a relevant, detailed and valuable resource developed by Therese Fingleton, Christy Dena, Jennifer Wilson to help Australian writers explore and understand the craft and business of writing in the digital era.

Undertaken by the Australia Council’s Story of the Future funding program (The same program that funded Remix My Lit), The Writer’s Guide includes information about the new media industry, what opportunities and possibilities that creates for writers and how to take advantage of them (business and planning skills). It also includes guides to promotion, distribution and copyright. Then all this is complimented by a set of case studies, audio and video resources and a great ‘new media myth busters’ section which every writer should read!

Oh and most exciting (to us anyway), the entire The Writer’s Guide is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Australia Licence. There’s even an interview with ccAustralia staffer Elliott Bledsoe and Remix My Lit Project Manager Amy Barker talking about Creative Commons and writers in the Web 2.0 environment.

So get stuck into The Writer’s Guide. There’s a video about the guide, or check it out on the Australia Council website as interactive media, as HTML and as a PDF.

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