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The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook Guide to Getting Published (Writers & Artists Yearbook Gde) [Paperback]

Harry Bingham
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27 Sep 2010 Writers & Artists Yearbook Gde
"Invaluable to writers of all kinds" Mark Le Fanu, The Society of Authors Written emphatically from the author's point of view, this is an expert guide to the process of getting published, from submitting your work and finding an agent, to working with a publishing house and understanding the book trade. Together with interviews from authors, agents and publishers (including the CEO of Harper Studio, and the Editorial Director of Macmillan New Writing) as well as buyers from Waterstones and Asda, it offers advice on: * finding an agent or publisher * successful approaches for covering letters and synopses * understanding contractual terms * working with publishers and the editorial process * your role in helping to publicise your work The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook Guide to Getting Published will enable you to market your work more professionally, understand the relationship you will have with both agent and publisher and offers a contemporary inside view of the publishing industry. Along with the essential contacts in the Writers' and Artists' Yearbook, this is a professional tool you will not want to be without.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (27 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408128950
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408128954
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,709 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Harry is the author of the Fiona Griffiths series of crime novels, set in Cardiff and featuring a heroine described by the Sunday Times as 'The most startling protagonist in modern crime fiction ... brutal, freakish and totally original.' Harry - slightly less freakish than his creation - lives in Oxford with his wife and young family. He also runs The Writers' Workshop, an editorial consultancy for new writers. His books on Getting Published and How to Write are among the leading titles in their field.

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'If you are thinking of having your book published, here you will find all the guidance and advice you need.'
--Writing Magazine, 1st March 2011

About the Author

Harry Bingham has authored 5 novels for HarperCollins and two non-fiction titles with 4th Estate. He was included in WHS Fresh Talent Promotion, was shortlisted for WHS's Thumping Good Read Award, and longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin International Literary Prize. He writes for national newspapers, is the founder of the Writers' Workshop and The Word Cloud - an online community for writers.

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've read them all and this is by FAR the best 21 Oct 2010
By AnjaP
Wow! At last a book that really offers the information and expert guidance that I have been needing.

As hope-to-be-published writer myself, I've read most of the other books on this same topic - Pitch to Publication, The Dummies guide and the Insiders Guide by Rachael Stock - but this one is, IMHO, way better for content and readability. Fiction and non-fiction are both well-covered. The pick of the bunch by a country mile.

The first part of the book deals with the money side of things. How much can you expect to sell your book for? What is a realistic financial expectation if you're successful? You may not like the answers, but Getting Published gives them to you frankly and openly. The blurb about the author shows he has had both fiction and non-fiction best sellers. Plus he runs a huge literary consultancy and has helped many get their own works on to the best seller lists. So I guess he is a rare thing: author-publisher-agent all in one. And his expertise really shows.

Book then moves on to the whole business of determining whether your manuscript is ready to sell and what to do if it's not. As mentioned, author runs an editorial consultancy, so he's potentially biased here, but I will say he makes his bias very clear and he does push you to ask whether you're sending your manuscript out too early. (He made me think that I've been guilty of that. Sigh!)

The next section of the book is titled 'Planet Agent'.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Harry Bingham knows whereof he writes, and from the aspiring writer's, the author's AND the industry insider's point of view. And yes, as authors we still aren't really insiders, and that's part of the point: this book is designed not only to help you set about getting your writing published, but also to explain a myriad things which agents, editors, publishers and booksellers either forget you won't know, or would rather you didn't. Either way, they won't tell you but Harry Bingham will. It's stuffed full of advice, information and revealing facts, but it's also funny and humane: a reality check and a handbook, a professional advisor and a friend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars That rarity, a guide that's a compulsive read 19 Nov 2010
When I approach a book that purports to 'show me how', I usually home in on the chapter, sentence or diagram I need and forget the rest. That is impossible to do with Harry Bingham's guide, 'Getting Published'. He had me riveted, he had me laughing (sometimes uncomfortably at my past mistakes and delusions) and above all, he informed me in a painless manner. The book is full of information that I have found nowhere else, and answers puzzles I couldn't solve six years ago when I began writing. Above all it is honest. The publishing industry is changing all the time, there is a sea of manuscripts out there, and the possibility of any author getting published is low.

This book won't teach you how to write, but if you have a manuscript in your hand, it will take your through the scary process that follows. With the aid of 'Getting Published' and enough detachment to view your work as others see it, you are in a good position to get your work read. That is just the start of the adventure, and Harry Bingham doesn't leave you on the agent's doorstep. His book continues to be a useful companion throughout the whole process that follows. This book should help established authors as well as newcomers.

'Getting Published', The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook Guide to Getting Published: The Essential Guide for Authors (Writers & Artists Yearbook Gde) is filled with contributions from experts in all areas of the publishing business, and one of the qualities that struck me about the book is its even-handedness. Many views are expressed, and you can take your pick.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have book for every new writer 22 Oct 2010
This is an absolutely superb book, offering invaluable information, whether you've just started on your magnum opus - or just signed a publishing contract. As an author of fiction and non-fiction himself, Harry Bingham sees the publishing industry as a writer does, but he's also the head of a very successful literacy consultancy, liaising with agents and editors as he tries to get other writers into print. That unique double-perspective is a real strength of the book. A couple of things in particular stand out about 'Getting Published':

Firstly, the book avoids the 'No S**t, Sherlock' advice usually doled out to would-be authors. Harry Bingham's advice is hugely useful - and sometimes unexpected - even if you've already heard plenty on the subject at writers' festivals, writing courses and the like. His tone is very peer-to-peer, never patronising.

Secondly, although this book does what it says on the tin, giving you tips about the process of getting a contract (How do you present your manuscript? How do you choose an agent?), it also takes you beyond that, giving advice and information which will see you through the publication of your first book, and on to your second (How can you influence your cover design? How can you help with marketing?).

An excellent book, at least as useful as the ubiquitous Writers' and Artists' Yearbook 2011
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5.0 out of 5 stars a Must Have
For all aspiring writers this is a Must Have. Keep it by your computer and refer to it often. And don't lose hope.
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I cannot praise this book enough. I read it from front to back. It gave such insider information you would, otherwise, not find anywhere else. And that includes online. Read more
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This is a necessary book for the novice writer. The author pulls no punches and explains the problems and pit-falls of the business in readable way.
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This book is very well done, full of information and advice, I suggest it to all prospective writers. Very good
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I wouldn't have known where to start without this great guide. It explained so much and not in the usual condescending manner. Read more
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