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3.0 out of 5 stars
Not Bad - But Not Good Either, 16 Jun 2011
As a reference guide The Writers' & Artists' Year Book isn't that bad. However, for the aspiring writer it isn't really that inspiring. What one gets are lots of writers waxing lyrical about how wonderful writing is, then putting the boot in by saying how difficult it is to get published, or to find an agent. OK. Well, I think we all know how tough it is to get a foot in the door, but there are ways around this.
I do feel that agents and publishers are vastly overrated. Indeed, the Internet has changed, and continues to change, how books are published. Moreover, the selection process for publishing new novels all boils down to two things: money, and the personal taste of the publisher/reader. In my opinion some dreadful books have been published by first time writers, who have never been heard from again!
It must be remembered that the publishing world is dominated by Oxbridge types who tend to look out for their own - you won't hear anything like this in the year book! So very often it is a waste of time to look for an agent. A Google search will very often show publishers who are happy to read unsolicited manuscripts.
If your intention is to become a best selling author then this could be the book for you. If you write because you love to write, then this tome could discourage you! After all, it isn't what you know, but who you know.
Learn to Network. Make as many friends as you can in film, TV, Theatre. The Writers' & Artists' Year Book is only a reference guide - use it like one, and pay no heed to the patronising, and frankly pretentious ramblings of authors whom I for one have never heard of!!
I give this book 6 out of 10.