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Access Press

Access Press is an independent Western Australian publisher

Getting Published

Being a writer - a few quotes from successful writers

"Coleridge was a drug addict. Poe was an alcoholic. Marlowe was killed by a man whom he was treacherously trying to stab. Pope took money to keep a woman's name out of a satire then wrote a piece so that she could still be recognized anyhow. Chatterton killed himself. Byron was accused of incest. Do you still want to a writer--and if so, why?" - Bennett Cerf

"If you haven't got an idea, start a story anyway. You can always throw it away, and maybe by the time you get to the fourth page you will have an idea, and you'll only have to throw away the first three pages." - William Campbell Gault

"All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer." - Ernest Hemingway

"Easy writing makes hard reading." - Ernest Hemingway

"I think I am starving for publication: I love to get published; it maddens me not to get published. I feel at times like getting every publisher in the world by the scruff of the neck, forcing his jaws open, and cramming the Mss down his throat -- 'God-damn you, here it is - I will and must be published.'

You know what it means - you're a writer and you understand it. It's not just 'the satisfaction of being published.' Great God! It's the satisfaction of getting it out, or having that, so far as you're concerned, gone through with it! That good or ill, for better or for worse, it's over, done with, finished, out of your life forever and that, come what may, you can at least, as far as this thing is concerned, get the merciful damned easement of oblivion and forgetfulness." - Tom Wolfe

"Engrave this in your brain: EVERY WRITER GETS REJECTED. You will be no different." - John Scalzi

"Editors drive us nuts. We go from near-worshipful groveling when we submit to bitter cursing when they reject us." - Ken Rand

"Writers are schizophrenic. On the one hand we tell ourselves, "This is a work of genius! I've created Art!" Then we try to peddle it, like a widget, to The New Yorker, Playboy, or SF Age." - Ken Rand

"Most beginning writers (and I was the same) are like chefs trying to cook great dishes that they've never tasted themselves. How can you make a great (or even an adequate) bouillabaisse if you've never had any? If you don't really understand why people read mysteries (or romances or literary novels or thrillers or whatever), then there's no way in the world you're going to write one that anyone wants to publish. (This is the meaning of the well-known expression "Write what you know.") - Daniel Quinn.

"There are three rules for writing. Unfortunately, no one can agree what they are." - Somerset Maugham.

"All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary -- it's just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences." - Somerset Maugham.

Submission guidelines

Access Press currently accepts unsolicited non fiction manuscripts. We do NOT accept poetry, children's books by unpublished authors, fiction, science or fantasy fiction or scripts for radio, film or television. We do occasionally publish in all of these categories but manuscripts have to be commissioned.

A few points to note when submitting your manuscript:

  1. Ensure your manuscript is as close to perfect as it can be. This may involve rewriting it several times before sending it to us. Once submitted we are unable to consider looking at updates or changes you may have thought of later. A manuscript usually only gets one chance with a publishing house.
  2. We ask for the first and last chapters (Copies NOT the original work) and a printed one page synopsis of the manuscript with a covering letter informing us of the author's previous publications, work and writing experience. This material will not be returned to you unless you have enclosed a suitably sized, stamped, self addressed postage bag. If the manuscript is targeted to one specific market, we need to know who you believe will be the intended readership. If your manuscript is 100 pages or less, send the entire manuscript. In all cases, if you require the return of the hard copy, please ensure that you also include a suitably sized, stamped, self-addressed postage bag for the return of this in the event that we decide not to publish the work. Unfortunately, if you do not do this we will be unable to return the work to you.
  3. The material should be printed out from a word-processor document - NOT on a typewriter or hand written. The pages must have double spaced lines of type with ample 2 centimetre margins and printed one side of the paper only.
  4. Make the printout simple and a standard font e.g Times New Roman. Do NOT use fancy display fonts, graphic images or CAPITALS for headings. If the work is accepted for publication we will employ our graphic artists to design the work.
  5. Do NOT bind the work. Leave the material in loose sheets in a folder, box or strong envelope. Each page should be clearly labelled with your name and address and numbered throughout.
  6. We do NOT accept submissions on disc, cassette tapes, CD's, video tape or via email. Do NOT send submissions that need to be signed for such as registered mail. If you would like to know if your submission has arrived safely please include a regular size stamped addressed envelope with "acknowledgment of receipt" written on the back and we will post it back to you as soon as we received your submission.
  7. Do NOT send originals of photographs. If photographs are to be used send photocopies clearlycaptioned (it does not matter if they are too dark)and indicate where they are to be positioned in the manuscript. We may well alter this positioning.
  8. We do NOT take responsibility for loss or damage to unsolicited material sent by you.
  9. Once your submission is received by us it will generally take 3-6 months before we can consider it. It is counter productive to make phone calls or call in person about your submission since the staff are generally very busy and cannot accommodate personal calls or visits.

Proof Reading

This is usually done once by Access Press and by the author (or his representative) when the original manuscript has been set and again by the author (or his representative) once changes have been made just before the manuscript is published. At this time it involves comparing two documents (the original with the changed version) to ascertain if the correct changes have been done. Proof reading also involves checking the material for errors in spelling, heading styles, page numbers, caption numbers, punctuation and layout. We recommend that this not be done by the author as it's difficult to proof read when you are familiar with the material you have written.


Copy editing - this involves an intensive review of the material covering grammar and style. It also makes sure spelling, word variants, italics, reference citations, logical presentation of the facts, underlining and capitalizations are consistent and uniform.

Substantive editing -sometimes a manuscript needs correcting for paragraph structure and clumsy or unclear phrasing. Substantive editing addresses deficits in presentation, deleting repetition, inserting transitional words and checks for organisation, logical presentation and clear expression.


This involves putting the raw typewritten material into a style and font suitable for publication in accordance with our style. Formatting the material involves onscreen editing and enables the work to be visually consistent with headings, page layout and referencing styles presented correctly.


It is not possible to set a standard cost for proof reading, editing and formatting because every piece of written work is unique. Work that requires extensive correction and restructuring may be more time consuming than other material. Clients will be given a quote for their specific work based on the entire document including printing and binding and ESTIMATED final total number of pages including preliminary pages and any necessary blanks in the completed book. Quotes remain valid for eight weeks only. Base rates start from $50 per hour for proof reading, editing and formatting.

Terms and Methods of Payment

You will be invoiced for services and payment can be made by cheque, money order, PayPal or by electronic funds transfer. Billing is in half hour increments. Terms are 30 days unless otherwise arranged. A deposit may be required for larger projects. If your manuscript is accepted for publication you will be sent a standard Contract for signature containing complete details of joint responsibilities and all matters pertaining to preparation, publication, printing, payment and delivery of finished product. Generally all the expenses of publication and the ongoing distribution costs are born by Access Press and royalties are paoid to the author on the sale of the book. Occasionally, we publish books with financial assistance from grant moneys, sponsorship or commissions and in this case we require payment of one third of the quoted price upon the signing the Contract, one third when we notify you that the work is completed and the setting and formatting are ready to go to the printer and a final payment when the printer notifies us that the books are ready for delivery into our store.


Quotes are based on the estimated number of pages of the finished work. In the event of it appearing likely due to whatever circumstances, that the work will finish up greater in length than the extend quoted, the author will be informed of inevitable additional charges and again given the option of deleting material in order to conform to the original extent or accepting these additional changes which will be added to the third and final payment.

Access Press responsibilities

  • Complete designated editing work within agreed timeframe and at the agreed cost. Unforseen formatting issues may involve extra time and Access Press reserves the right to alter the costs to reflect any additional unforseen time required.
  • Will correct minor errors at no cost to the client once advised and make every effort to edit the material to perfection but the total absence of typing errors cannot be guaranteed.
  • Make an effort to meet the clients reasonable deadlines
  • Reserves the right to refuse work deemed offensive in nature or unachievable within a specified timeframe
  • Will not take responsibility for the accuracy or validity of written work and will not assume liability or tender any written or implied liability for any consequences of the content.
  • Access Press recognises that all work submitted for editing is confidential.

Clients Responsibility

  • All changes to the work completed must be accepted or rejected before publication.
  • To be aware of and understand the implications of plagiarism, libel and breach of copyright laws and assume full responsibility for compliance and indemnify Access Press against any action resulting from a breach of any of the foregoing.
  • Once accepting the editing and all other services of Access Press, the client acknowledges that he or she understands and agrees to the terms as set out on this page.


Copyright is an intangible type of property that is founded on a person's creative labour and skill. It is made up of a bundle of exclusive rights including the right to copy, publish, communicate, broadcast, make available on line and publicly perform.

There is a distinction between the copyright in a work (owned by the author of a book) and the ownership of the physical article in which the work exists (the owner of a book purchased).

In Australia, written material is automatically protected by law from the time it is created and the right to it isn't dependent upon formal notice. You don't have to register publication or write on your material that it's copyright by you. Sometimes the presence of a copyright symbol © on the pages of a manuscript can be seen as the mark of an amateur and its best to avoid doing this. However, it is advisable for copyright owners to place a copyright notice in a prominent place on their work such as

This work is copyright. Apart from any use permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process, nor may any other exclusive right be exercised, without the permission of (name and address of copyright owner and the year in which the work was made)

It is also sensible for copyright owners to keep dated copies of their manuscripts as well as copies of any letters submitting their work to others.

If and when your work is published the publisher will include a copyright statement in the book. Further information on copyright can be obtained from the Attorney-General's Department website.


Access Press is not a vanity press nor does it offer "Self Publishing" services. Vanity press and self publishers do not generally offer editing, proof reading or design services or market an author's work. They simply count the number of pages you have written and run off as many copies as you decide, then post you a tax invoice for the work done. Sadly, authors whose work is sometimes not of a high standard will be drawn into signing up deals with vanity press organisations or self publishing firms to print thousands of copies of their work only to find they cannot sell them later. Stories of authors driving around with several hundred of their printed books in the boots of their car for years on end while they try to off load them are sad indeed. It is not easy selling books and unless there is a marketing plan in place no returns on the printing costs will eventuate and the author is the loser.

The reason so many manuscripts submitted by authors are rejected by bona fide publishers is because the publisher must cover its costs and if the publisher cannot see a market for the book it is rejected. Access Press chooses the books they publish very carefully because they must be able to sell them. Part of the marketing process is to promote the book through the media and through links to Universities, professional associations and a close association with hundreds of bookshops across Australia and overseas. Access Press has been publishing books now for over 30 years is able to ensure your book will receive the widest and best possible promotion through its connections. Your book will also be promoted and sold from our website and links to world wide bookshops.