Survey on book publishing industry

The MEAA's survey seeks transparency of conditions within the Australian book industry.
book industry. An image of a huge open book with the borders made by bodies of people.

The Media Entertainment Arts Alliance (MEAA), the largest union and advocacy organisation for Australia’s creative workers, is running a survey on the publishing industry. It’s open to anyone working in the industry regardless of union membership. The objective, according to the MEAA, is to explore and tackle ‘systemic problems in the book industry such as unpaid overtime, a culture of churn and burn, lack of pay and career progression, and pay inequality, as well as no enforceable minimums for freelancers’.

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Thuy On is the Reviews and Literary Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She was the books editor of The Big issue for 8 years. Her debut, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was released by University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP). Her second collection, Decadence, was published in July 2022, also by UWAP. Her third book, Essence, will be published in 2025. Twitter: @thuy_on Instagram: poemsbythuy