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The Writer's Handbook 2010 (Writer's Handbook (Palgrave)) Paperback – 14 May 2009

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  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (14 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023057324X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230573246
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 5.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 461,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The book no writer should be without.' - The Times

'A wise and witty book, packed with useful information.' - The Society of Authors

'There's a perception that you can't get into publishing if you're not connected, but I didn't know anyone. I got my agent by looking in The Writer's Handbook.
- Madeleine Wickham (aka Sophie Kinsella)

'The Writer's Handbook is an essential directory for new and established writers alike.'
- Mary Clemmey, Literary Agent

'If you want to write and be published, this book should never be more than a hand's reach away.'
- Christine Aziz, author and winner of Richard and Judy's How to Get Published Competition

'This book is a godsend to any serious writer.'
- Martin Brocklebank, Chairman, Speakeasy Writer's Group
 
'...an essential guide to the present state of publishers.' - GF Willmetts, SF Crowsnest
 
 

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An essential buy for all aspiring, new and established writers... and everyone in the publishing industry

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jay Warthog on 3 Aug. 2010
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Perspective: I am the published author of 35 non fiction books, who has tried to break into fiction with only the occasional short story breakthrough.

As a regular buyer of Writers' & Artists Yearbook, I did not expect any alternative would prove more useful.
I was wrong.

Despite generally better reviews for W&A, I found the 2011 edition of Writer's handbook 2011 superior in terms of contacts. Both in terms of information given and some publishers missing from W&A that were promising in 2011 Handbook.

The general advice is to buy both of you are serious about breaking into a new field, or a novice.

I have seen criticism of Handbook's features versus W&A. That may well be true over a single edition, but I found W&A, in their 104th year of publication, is the more complacent of the two. W&A is prone to repetition of earlier edition texts and information.

However, if its sheer number of pages you are after, W&A plays822 versus Handbook's 786.
Trouble is, I'm not convinced the quality of research and updates is superior.

Sadly, you probably do need to buy both [Amazon bundle prices helped me in that decision]..But only for 1 year on present W& A form...
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Suzan St Maur on 14 Mar. 2010
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It's very hard not to compare The Writer's Handbook with its arch rival across the road, but speaking as a 20+ times published non-fiction author I have a copy of both in my office and often find their information complementary. You probably could make do with one or the other, but if you're serious about your writing, have the two; they both contain priceless information. And I'm looking forward to seeing how WH develops its online presence in the coming months, too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BookhubFan on 21 Jun. 2010
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This is very much down to personal preference. The articles in this book are few in number and not wildly helpful. I have no vested interest, just prefer the W&A yearbook, which I've bought previously and which has better articles. The listings are the same regardless, but for the same money you may as well get the one with the better articles. That said the online facility is useful but could be really developed - for example, to include a 'save list' for agents / publishers of personal interest. This facility could lure me away from W&A yearbook.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Konstantinos on 14 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
Overall a thorough guide, mostly U.K. or E.U. centered.

Pros:
1. Very wide range of sources and information on publishers, magazines, newspapers, societies, etc.
2. Some nice short articles at front, on what aspiring writers should pay attention to.

Cons:
1. Information stated on #1 above (in 'pros') is a quite 'dry' may I say.
2. A bit more analytical or expanded explanation on what publishers of specific publications are looking for would be nice, especially for aspiring writers. Interviews with few established writers and/or publishers/editors would help very much on this.

Overall:
Recommended, as a reference book. 3 1/2 (three and a half) stars.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By C.R. Daly on 10 July 2009
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I bought the Writers and Artists Yearbook last year, and the Writers Handbook this year. In my opinion the W&A Yearbook is a far superior book to the Handbook. Why? Because the articles in the Handbook struck me as quite rushed, shallow and "filling space" - as opposed to the W&A Yearbook which has in-depth articles written by successful authors (the only people who should be giving advice). THe directories are the same in both books - so at the end of the day it comes down to the better articles and W&A Yearbook wins hands down.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lee Faber on 27 Aug. 2009
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This is the best resource for a freelance writer that I know about. It is very clear regarding what sort of titles the publishers produce and whether they take unsolicited manuscripts and other very useful information
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Creaven on 26 April 2010
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I purchase one of these every 3 years or so to keep up to date. I have always found it a real wealth of information.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Morse on 6 Jan. 2011
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The Writer's Handbook 2011: The Complete Guide for all Writers, Publishers, Editors, Agents and Broadcasters (Writer's Handbook (Palgrave))

The latest handbook contains excellent advice for aspiring and seasoned writers alike, with articles that are edifying, practical and most importantly, encouraging. The directories are bulging with publishers' details across a wide range of media disciplines. A 'must have' for the seriously creative.
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