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Writers who have NDIS funding: how to use your NDIS funds to meet your writing/self-publishing goals

In Australia, writers who are supported by NDIS funding are able to  apply to access their funds to work with a service provider to achieve their goals.

Hiring an editor to help you edit and produce your self-published book

If writing and self-publishing a memoir or novel or book of poetry is aligned to your NDIS core goals, you can to apply to use your NDIS funds to help you do this. An editor who specialises in the genre of the book you have written, or are writing, can give you the help you need to get your story edited. Some editors, like myself, can also produce your self-published book (as an e-book and/or printed book). For example:

  • If you have started writing the book, but it needs a lot of work, the editor can work with you, via Zoom or telephone or email (whatever you are comfortable with), to fill in the gaps and extra details that are needed, and bring it to the stage where it is ready for copy editing
  • If you have written your book and you think it’s nearly ready to be published, the editor can review your book for you (e.g. manuscript appraisal) and tell you if it is ready for copy editing. If it is, then the editor can copy edit your book so it is ready for the next stage of self-publishing: graphic design.
  • The other steps of self-publishing are listed below.

Hiring a life story writer to help you write or edit your memoir

If writing and self-publishing a memoir is aligned to your NDIS core goals, you can to apply to use your NDIS funds to help you do this. A life story writer or editor who specialises in memoirs can help you in documenting your story then editing it, so it is ready for the next stage of graphic design. Some life story writers, like myself, can also produce your self-published book (as an e-book and/or printed book). For example:

  • If you are better at talking than writing, a life story writer can sit with you and document your story, as you speak, and then write it up for you into a first draft manuscript.
  • If you have written some of your memoir but it needs lots of work, a life story writer or editor can show you where the ‘gaps’ are in your manuscript, and either write in the extra information needed in your own voice, your own words, or give you advice about how to write in the additional information.
  • After the 1st draft has been written, the life story writer/editor can edit your manuscript so it is ready for the next stage of self-publishing: graphic design.
  • The other steps of self-publishing are listed below.

The steps of self-publishing your e-book and/or printed book

If you are a writer funded by NDIS, and your goals are aligned with self-publishing your own book, you can apply to use your NDIS funds to get your book edited, designed and self-published.

Your book should be self-published under your own name, and the copyright and all the books should be owned by you. 

For example, my editing and self-publishing services include:

  • editing your book (all stages of editing from writing/structural editing to the final copy edit, prior to graphic design
  • designing your book (inside pages, and cover)
  • obtaining printer quotes for you to consider; organising e-publishing options
  • obtaining the ISBN, bar codes and other requirements (to be in your name)
  • proofread the designed manuscript, and the printer’s ‘final proof’
  • coordinate the e-publication of your book, and/or the printing of your books.

So, how exactly can use your NDIS funding to pay to get your book edited and self-published?

I am currently writing another blog about the step-by-step process for using your NDIS funds to pay an editor or life stories writer to assist you in producing your book. In the  meantime, if you want to know more about this, you are welcome to contact me by phone or email for more information here.


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