Alibrandi, Francesca, You and the Productivity Commission

Hi all,

shared below is a post from one of my favourite Australian YA authors, Melina Marchetta, on the implications of the Productivity Commission’s proposed changes to intellectual property on the Australian publishing industry, Australian writers and readers.

A personal perspective:

Melina Marchetta

The book industry is not a protected industry. We are not asking for money, or for a subsidy. We are asking for the same rules and intellectual property rights that prevail for writers and book publishers in the USA, in Britain, in Europe.

(Peter Carey, Thomas Keneally, Richard Flanagan)

Please keep on reading if you are an Australian reader, or if you love reading Australian books.

Some of you may have heard on Twitter or Facebook or the mainstream media about Parallel import restrictions (PIRs). You may be as confused as I’ve been, so below I thought I’d give a bit of a personal dummy’s guide to the proposals (me being the dummy). Two things to remember. None of the following is anti-foreign publishers, nor is it anti-buying cheap books online.

So let’s use Saving Francesca as an example. In 2003 it was first published in Australia by Penguin Books…

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Managing Time Sucks

Okay, admit it. We all need help with this – managing all those tasks that suck at our time and take us away from the actual act of writing.


Now I don’t know about you but I consider myself to be an organised person, one who thrives on lists and priorities. Yet I struggle with limiting the “writing-related” stuff. You know, the social media, email correspondence, etc. so that I have enough time for the WRITING, my main priority.

The below blog post by Kate Moretti ( reminded me that it is okay, and sometimes necessary, to say NO to tasks and requests that take me away from what I need to do the most – write. Hope you get something out of it too.

Happy writing,



Cutting Through the Busyness to Get To Business



(Un)fair (Ab)use – the Australian Productivity Commission’s Proposal to Attack the Rights of Writers

Hi all,

a storm is brewing in the Australian publishing industry and it’s not looking good.

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I thought I’d share a link to a great post which explains (in an uncomplicated way) the reason for this storm: the Australian Productivity Commission’s idiotic and insulting view that writers do not write for money so, therefore, should not be entitled to own the rights to their work in the years to come:

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Did you read it?

As the author of the post, Allison Tait, so eloquently said:

“As an author I don’t own much. All I have are my words.

And now the commission wants to take them from us? The proposed changes to intellectual property arrangements in Australia is serious stuff, with the potential to drastically undermine an already fragile publishing industry. Submissions detailing concerns must be received by June 3rd, 2016. They can be sent to this link:

A petition against this proposal has been organised at:

Please consider signing this petition.

And let’s hope our decision-makers come to their senses and listen to the industry.