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Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2014 (Writers' and Artists') [Kindle Edition]

Martina Cole
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The one and only, indispensable guide to the world of writing - William Boyd

Everything you need to know about the business of being a writer - Lawrence Norfolk

Much, much better than luck --Terry Pratchett

The wealth of informaion . . . is staggering - The Times

Essential reading . . . the A-Z of how to survive in publishing --Kate Mosse

A must for established and aspiring authors --The Society of Authors

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The annual edition of the best-selling guide to all aspects of the media and how to write and get published, the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook is now in its 107th edition. Acknowledged by the publishing industry, authors and would-be writers as the indispensable companion to navigating the world of publishing, it appears for the first time as an e-book and in print.

The 80 articles are reviewed and updated each year to provide inspirational and how-to guidance on writing for newspapers, magazines, scripts for film, radio and TV; advice on writing and submitting plays, poetry, non-fiction and fiction of all genres - from fantasy to thrillers to romance; how to contact publishers and agents; managing finances as a writer; negotiating legal issues, such as copyright; understanding the editing process; self-publishing and conventional routes; digital and print.

Every single one of over 4,500 listings of who to contact, where and for which disciplines across the whole media, are reviewed and most updated, with new listings added every year.

The combination of up-to-date listings information and expert advice, make the Yearbook a topical and reliable resource; the perfect gift for every writer every year.

New articles for the 2014 edition include:

Foreword by Martina Cole

Writing successful erotic fiction

Writing as co-authors by Louise Voss and Mark Edwards authors of thrillers Catch Your Death and Killing Cupid

How to be a writer by novelist (The Harbour) and screenwriter Francesca Brill

Writing for newspapers by journalist Kate Mead

Writing short stories by Tania Hershman

Being an agent in the digital age by literary agent Gordon Wise

Writng flash fiction by Peter Blair

Marketing, publicising and selling self-published books by Ben Cameron, Smith Publicity

What to look for in a self-publishing provider by Jeremy Thomspon of Matador

Articles from experts and authors, include:

Bernard Cornwall on writing historical fiction

William Dalrymple on writing about travel

David Eldridge on writing for the theatre

Katie Fforde on writing romantic fiction

Neil Gaiman on writing cross-over fiction

Claire Tomalin on writing biographies

Simon Winchester on writing non-fiction

Benjamin Zephaniah on writing poetry

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6455 KB
  • Print Length: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Yearbooks; 1 edition (10 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FQH0642
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #167,890 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
I am a product of that old British `Sec Mod' educational system which provided no formal qualifications whatsoever - not even a certificate of education. Consequently, when (many years later) I sat down to write my first book - people laughed. I was serving in the army at the time and writing about a subject (scuba diving) in which I was very proficient, highly qualified and widely experienced and one senior officer actually said to me "By what right do you seek to write a book about Scuba Diving?" Now, thirty years on, I was recently described as and award-winning, best-selling author.

YOU can do the same if YOUR drive to write is strong enough and, if it is, you should read all the reviews for this work (good and bad!) and then ask yourself this 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 the very different categories of; Newspapers, Magazines, Books, Poetry, TV, Film, Radio, Theatre et al. 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.

Certainly, if you already have a copy of last year's edition you will find few changes but consider this; The publisher contacts each contributor every year in a bid to ascertain the most up-to-date information for inclusion and every year several of these fail to update their own particular entry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 10 May 2014
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This book is invaluable to any writer of anything, if you want to publish. This book gives advice on how to present your writing, which agents and publishers to go to, it is extra encouragement for those a bit shy of publishing their first book or prose whether fiction, autobiography, biography or poetry. I would never have attempted to publish without this book. I am a new writer but I have been writing for 20 years without publishing. This book gave me the impetus to start to seek out agents and publishers and to enter my first competition. If you don't have an up to date volume of this book, don't bother with the library's out of date copy because if you get the name of the editor wrong because it's out of date you could find your work in the bin. Please always consult this book when contacting agents and publishers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for magazine & newspaper writers 9 April 2014
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This book is perfect for finding a list of magazines and newspapers to contact about writing work, and also film companies to approach with screenplays and ideas for a series (my big dream!)

The book is well laid out, and it's simple to navigate between different sections. It seems very geared up towards self-publishing, which of course is the new Gold Rush, but there's still a lot for those of us interested in writing for print publications as well as online.

I would definitely recommend it to any style of writer, especially authors (self-pubbers will pick up some tricks), and magazine and newspaper writers looking to broaden their client base by reaching out to prospective new publications.

It even offers tips on how to market yourself, how to pitch an idea, and what not to do. Very useful!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have 21 Oct. 2013
The Writers and Artists Yearbook is widely regarded as an essential tool for everyone wishing to pursue a writing career.
Excellent reference book. Great value!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, as Usual! 27 Mar. 2014
By anji
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I've been buying this book for years, and I'm never disappointed. It's like a writer's bible. It's cram full of everything you need to know, especially when it comes to 'how to do things properly'. All the rules, guidelines, tips and guides to writing are there. A wealth of Publishers, whether it be a novel, or tv and radio. And, of course, it's not just for writers, but artists, and photographers. I would definately recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Writers' and Artists Year Book 2014 24 Feb. 2014
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An essential companion for anyone who wants to see their writing published this book lists newspapers and magazines that buy and publish articles, not only in Britain but in all major countries. Also listing publishers of books and a guide to self publishing no writer can be without it
Also containing sections on subjects of interest to writers such as legal requirements and how to maintain your accounts this book is a great help
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Writer's Essential reference book 7 Feb. 2014
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This is an essential advice and reference book for any writer who wishes to develop the craft and market their work. Published annually to ensure that writers receive the most up-to-date information available. The book is quite big and bulky. So I am particularly pleased with the Kindle edition which means I can dip in and out at my leisure and pleasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An indispensable guide to all aspiring artists 22 Mar. 2014
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As an aspiring fantasy novelist, this book served as a true insight into the publishing world and what sort of competition actually exists. It even goes as far as the incorporate online ways in which to promote yourself as a novelist, which many aspiring writers don't seem to realise how important it is to do so.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
They are all busy and not accepting new clients. Been that way for quite a while. Yet there are plenty of new writers getting published. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Inspector Gadget
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Great price, quick delivery, arrived safely. Thanks.
Published 27 days ago by Dave Martin
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Published 1 month ago by michael r lee
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for all writers and aspiring writers
never fails my expectations
Published 1 month ago by Helen.Garrick
1.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended. A wealth of information
Highly recommended. A wealth of information, if only for interest.
Published 1 month ago by Marie Whiting
4.0 out of 5 stars The essential reference book for anyone aspiring to be a ...
The essential reference book for anyone aspiring to be a writer for profit in this day and age. It changes marginally from year to year so a new copy every five years or before you... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Vin Foster
3.0 out of 5 stars Fairly useful but no longer essential
Useful but most listings available online nowadays so not worth buying every year
Published 2 months ago by Lucy
5.0 out of 5 stars Always helpful
Always helpful, both the articles and the addresses and info on publishers, agents etc
Published 2 months ago by Joyce
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