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Author

Produces literary or other written work for publication or performance. This occupation requires high levels of creative talent or personal commitment and interest as well as, or in place of, formal qualifications and experience.


Tasks Include:


  • creating and developing ideas and themes for written works, such as novels, plays, musicals, screen productions, educational texts, information texts and multimedia products
  • researching subject matter through original and secondary materials, interviews and other media
  • planning, organising and writing material
  • reviewing and evaluating manuscripts of novels, biographies, short stories, poems, educational texts and other books, and ensuring coherence of style and development of theme, plot and characterisation
  • advising publishers about potential of works for publication and conditions of publication contract
  • negotiating publication details such as royalties, publication dates and numbers of copies to be printed
  • reviewing and assessing stories and other material for film, television, radio and stage productions
Specialisations
  • Novelist
  • Playwright
  • Poet
  • Screenwriter
  • Script Writer
Job prospects for Authors, and Book and Script Editors in Victoria

Occupations in the Authors, and Book and Script Editors group include Author and Book or Script Editor.

Employment prospects
There are currently 1,100 Authors, and Book and Script Editors in Victoria. Over the next five years, the size of this relatively small occupation is expected to remain similar. Employment prospects for the next five years are stable.

For more information about this occupation at a national level visit the Job Outlook website. External link

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