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The Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2012 (Writers' and Artists') [Paperback]

Joanna Herbert
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30 Jun 2011 Writers' and Artists'
The bestselling guide to markets in all areas of the media, completely revised and updated, and this year in its 105th edition. With a new foreword by a famous author and several brand new articles by authors and publishing insiders. It also contains a wealth of practical information on a huge range of topics including copyright, finance, submitting a manuscript and e-publishing, as well as being a comprehensive up-to-date directory of media contacts. 'Essential reading ...the A-Z of how to survive in publishing' - Kate Mosse 'Even established writers can feel as though they're climbing a mountain. Think of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook as your sherpa' - Ian Rankin 'Full of useful stuff. It answered my every question' - JK Rowling

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  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (30 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408135809
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408135808
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'provides a comprehensive list of agents and includes details of how you should approach with your book.', March 14, 2011

'provides a comprehensive list of agents and includes details of how you should approach them with your book.', March 14, 2011

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96 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now ask yourself that question! 28 Jun 2011
Nowadays I purchase the latest edition of this book every year simply because I need to have the most up-to-date issue. My review, therefore, is similar to my previous assessments of this work. Similarly, some disparaging comments may also appear and all I would ask any potential purchaser is to consider (only consider!) my comments.

Firstly, the book is not perfect - if only because no book could possibly include every single element, nuance and minor detail about all aspects of publishing.

Secondly, Just read the following and `THEN' ask yourself this simple question; "Can I afford to be without a copy of this book?"

I am not an educated man and, when I sat down to write my first book in 1985, people laughed. I was serving in the army at the time and when the work was published, one senior officer actually said to me "By what right do you seek to write a book about Scuba Diving?" Whilst my response remains unprintable, I can now inform that man how my articles have been published all over the world, my 3rd book sold over 30,000 copies and my 4th was voted "Underwater Publication of the Year!" My point being; If the drive to write is strong enough, not only will you write - but you SHOULD write in spite of whatever opposition you encounter.

All aspiring writers need to appreciate the value of this product. This is not just a collection of addresses for various book and magazine publishers. Instead, it contains almost everything you might need to know when contemplating writing for those very different categories of; Newspapers, Magazines, Books, Poetry, TV, Film, Radio and Theatre.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This the first serious step to getting published. 28 July 2011
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If you are serious about becoming a published writer, then buy this book!!!!!

This book is as important to the would be author as a good idea, tenacity and a word processor. Not only does it give you the addresess that you need, it also gives you articles from published authors that inspire you to keep going. Sometimes we forget that published writers have struggled the way that we do. This book encourages, explains and helps put everything in perspective. It's also a no nonsense advice centre for anyone brave enough and determined enough to change their life and become a professional writer.

The fact that you are considering buying this book shows just how serious you are about getting published. You've got a great idea and you want to share it with the world. The next step is to get your work read by the people that matter. That's where this book is invaluable. It offers addresses of all the agents and publishers you need, along with the really important information such as: Who is prepared to accept unsolicited manuscripts. Who is looking for your type of book. And literary consultants who can help you improve your work.

It's also a great book for anyone interested in freelance journalism. There are lists of magazines and newspapers who are all currently looking for new and experienced writers to fill their publications with well written articles. There are television, film and production companies that are interested in reading your scripts. And even website addresses for people who want to see their work online.

There really is something for everyone in this book.

Everytime you open it up, there is something new to learn.

So, if you are serious about getting published, This is the book for you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you write, get this book 22 May 2012
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I dislike using words like 'indispensable' but I'm tempted to do so for this publication. Its list of contacts, practical advice for writers, publishers and agents, and information on the writing trade are extremely useful for all writers; if you're an aspiring newcomer, like me, you really shouldn't do without it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Starting to lose it's relevence 7 Mar 2012
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As a directory of publications, agents, societies, awards etc with some very short opinion articles on how to get the best from the industries, you don't need to get a new copy every year - things just don't change that quickly.

Fifteen years ago I was advised to buy the The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook as an absolute must for trying to sell any work in those sectors. At the time this was very good advice and I've been buying the Yearbook every other year, but things have moved on since then.

Looking at the 2012 Yearbook, so many of the entries for agents, publishers etc are missing crucial information or just say "see website". You can't use the Yearbook as a stand-alone resource any more. The helpful opinion pieces are much further into opinion and away from factual help than they ever were before, and the book is stacked to the brim with JK Rowling praise and aspiration. If you're not writing teen wizard fiction there's unfortunately not a lot about your markets here.

Google will give you much better, more up-to-date info than the current Yearbook, but it's worth borrowing a library copy to flick through.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Writers' & Artists' Yearbooks 26 July 2011
Bought my first W & A yearbook in 2010 on the advice of a major home study writing course provider with whom I am undertaking a course. The book was indeed a wise purchase and provided a wealth of information as well as the answers to many questions. I would recommend it to anybody with an interest in writing - no matter what their level of proficiency. I have bought the updated 2011 and 2012 editions -and will be buying future issues. It is also excellent value for money - happy reading !
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book to love and hate
I write this as a professional author who rejected the novel market long ago for other more lucrative forms of writing, though I write plenty of fiction for the fun of it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Thomas Pots
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative.
I bought this because I needed to know which agent to send my manuscript to. Yes, it's behind by 15 months but how fast do agents come and go? Read more
Published 4 months ago by T. Canavan
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're a writer of any kind then this book is for you
A lot of information, places to send your work and competitions. If you're serious about what you write then this is your next step.
Published 7 months ago by Ricky Hobbs
4.0 out of 5 stars Still got it
I've been using this book for years now and its still the book I would buy. It has adapted over the years to the changing market and I still read the articles to catch up on the... Read more
Published 7 months ago by A. G. Irvine
5.0 out of 5 stars much needed
no idea of its content as a present to someone else but delivery and quality
excellent and I have had a complaint - so I suppose they were pleased
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. P. A. Quinn
4.0 out of 5 stars Writers' and Artists' Yearbook 2012
This is a very good guide for new writers to lean about publishing tips and how to find agents and publishers.
Published 8 months ago by sebnem sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a dictionary but for authors info
It gave me all the information I needed and more, lots of advice and places to search.
A really useful addition to my bookshelf
Published 9 months ago by linda evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Loads of information
I will get the book that accompanies this one. A friend in the business recommend it. I ignored her recommendation for a year. I am glad I came to my senses.
Published 11 months ago by Miles Alura
4.0 out of 5 stars Writers & Artists Year book
Excellent review book. Very useful for addresses. I am sure this writers and artists yearbook will find a useful place in my library.
Published 11 months ago by vega
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
A necessary book for all unpublished Authors. A wealth of information that is required to stand any chance of being published!
Published 15 months ago by N. Kent
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