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Writes stories, books, articles, poetry and many other forms of written works or pieces.


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Authors write fiction and non-fiction books. Very few authors earn a living entirely from writing, even if their work is published or performed. For most authors, it is a part-time activity. It is often difficult to gain acceptance by editors in publishing firms, or by a literary agent who will help an author sell work to a publisher. Editors or agents are always looking for new, talented authors, but receive so many manuscripts from unknown writers that they rarely comment on unsuitable work.  
 
Even when work shows promise, the creative impulse of the author may have to be adapted to meet the commercial demands of the publisher. Authors may be asked to rewrite their work before it is accepted and may have to vary its length or style to suit the editor's requirements.  
 
Once an author's work is published or performed, they may be commissioned to write a new work on a particular theme. Alternatively, they may adapt their work into another literary form such as a play, screenplay or television script. Most published books are commissioned from established authors rather than from manuscripts of unknown writers.  
 
An established author may employ a literary agent, who is paid to act on their behalf in any negotiations regarding copyright, future work, translation or film rights. Without an agent, an author may have to become involved in business transactions, which are often time-consuming.  
 
Some authors achieve success after some time experimenting with different styles, before they decide to concentrate on a certain literary area. For example, within adult fiction, it is possible to specialise in types of writing such as romance, crime, science fiction and westerns. All authors, whether of fiction or non-fiction, have to bear in mind that the creative process in writing must be supported by attention to detail to ensure that references, quotations, geographical locations, and historical settings are accurate.  
 
You must be able to keep your audience in mind and be able to cope with having your work criticised or rejected. Often this work demands much research and your writing should reflect accuracy in such thing as historical settings, geographical locations, quotations and references.


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As an author, you must have a good understanding of language, sentence structure and grammar, as well as the ability to write creatively and with imagination. You must always keep your audience in mind and be able to write at the right level.  
 
You may have to alter your work to meet the demands of a publisher so you should be able to handle criticism.  
 
Most authors word-process their work so you need to be able to use a computer.


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Organisation: The Arts Council of Ireland
Address: 70 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
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Organisation: Irish Writers Centre
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Organisation: Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing
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