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  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers; 106 edition (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408157497
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408157497
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 4.3 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'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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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 10 Nov. 2012
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I am a product of the pre-CSE, pre GCSE `Sec Mod' era which provided no formal qualifications whatsoever - not even a certificate of education. So, 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 "By what right do you seek to write a book about Scuba Diving?" Today, 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!" I am now working on my first work of fiction.

YOU can do the same if YOUR drive to write is strong enough. And if it is, you should laugh in the face of opposition

That said, we all need some help and, having read this review, you should ask yourself a single question; `Can I afford to be without a copy of this book?'

This work is not just a collection of addresses for various book publishers and magazine editors. Instead, it contains almost everything you might need to know when contemplating writing for very different categories such as; Newspapers, Magazines, Books, Poetry, TV, Film, Radio and Theatre. The advice given and lists of outlets in each of those areas is then followed by sections on; Literary Agents, Art & Illustration, Societies, Prizes and Festivals, Online, Resources, Copyright & Libel and Finance. Altogether, the wide ranging degree of helpful advice covers almost every element of the publishing world.

Only this week I learned that if your manuscript is not presented correctly (A4 paper, double spaced typing with a 3mm margin all round) prospective publishers are not even likely to read it. Why? Because they get so many and they really do not have time.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By S. BOSTON on 5 Sept. 2012
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If you are thinking about buying this book, then you are serious about becoming a published writer. It really is as simple as that. This is your very first step to making your dream a reality. And you can make your dreams come true with this book. You only have to read some of the articles written by successful authors to know that, just like you, they started their careers with this book. They dreamed, just like you, they wrote, just like you, and they bought this book, just like you. They made it happen. And if you are buying this book, you can make it happen too.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elginson on 15 Mar. 2013
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The Writers and Artists Yearbook has long been the standard reference work for all those involved in writing and publishing. It would be churlish to criticise it when it clearly provides a unique and valuable service. It is interesting though to see how the focus is always so much on the writing of fiction - the assumption that what everyone is writing is a novel. I write poetry and I wanted to learn more about the process and feasability of having my work published. The space devoted to poetry is very small and the comments, while quite truthful, are not greatly motivating. They could be sumarised as "If you're not already famous, forget it." I appreciate, sadly, that in this country most people buy very little, if any, poetry and that they tend to stick to a few famous names, often preferring rhyming verse. However I would have felt I had got a little more value for my money if more attention had been spared for aspiring poets. All that said, this book remains the unchallenged authority on writing and getting published. If you're a hopeful too, I wish you well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SMH Davies on 12 Feb. 2013
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Superb guide for any writer including novels, biography, poetry, and playwrighting with excellent advice on how to approach agents and publishers. A must for aspiring writers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Onlooker on 5 Dec. 2012
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I almost quarrelled with the very first words in the new edition - the ancient Writers and Artist Yearbook running theme of the horrendous difficulties of becoming a writer and the impossibility of getting an agent. Or being a "writah" as it is expressed in breathless tones on the BBC phonies services.

Truth is, I sold my first short story on first offer-out in 1952, and the same with my first article. Since then I have produced every kind of writing there is, with the exception of professional stage, and even became involved in that as a 'helper'. No, I am not world-famous, and it is by no means all I did to survive financially all these years, but no amount of words ever threw me either. Having also been editor and publisher, I frankly would not want to have to start again, dealing with the many pretentious, frequently obnoxious and clueless 'executives' who now infest publishing and the media.

Truly, there once was a time when Publishers could be fine, helpful, supportive, honourable gentlemen who cared about fine writing, and published material that was impeccably checked for accuracy. Read any recent books without infantile errors in them lately? I would still back the people behind the Writers and Artists Yearbook to care enough to get such things right, even today.

My main hatred and contempt for the successors to those traditional Publishers and Editors lies in the way they have used electronic production to kill off the careers and livelihoods of superb illustrators all a thousand times more creative than they will ever be.
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