A major national research project into the creative and work practices of contemporary Australian book authors is being conducted by a team at Macquarie University headed by Prof. David Throsby an eminent cultural economist who is known for his previous work on artists’ income commissioned by the Australia Council for the Arts. (This new research is funded by the Australian Research Council and Macquarie University.)
All professional book authors who have had a book published (including e-publishing and self-publishing) are invited to participate by completing an online survey which is open now until the end of February 2015.
The survey includes questions about authors’ experiences of promotion, e-publishing, self-publishing, income, piracy and their responses to changing expectations on the part of readers and publishers.
Prof. Throsby would like to see a diverse range of authors participate, including literary and genre authors, educational and academic writers, experimenters with digital forms and more, including Australian authors who are based overseas.
As an additional incentive and to thank authors for their time, two randomly selected authors who complete the survey will be awarded a prize of $1,000 each.
The survey takes approximately 20-25 minutes and can be completed in more than one session if needed. Authors who complete the survey can nominate to be emailed a summary of the findings, another reason to participate.
The contact person for the survey is Dr Tom Longden: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information about the research is available at: http://www.businessandeconomics.mq.edu.au/our_departments/Economics/econ_research/reach_network/book_project/authors