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5.0 out of 5 stars The aspiring writer’s best friend!
Re-written after several attacks – in the hope of help the aspiring writer!

Being a product of a British ‘secondary modern’ education system where the English teacher thought ‘Shakespeare’ was something an athlete did with a javelin, there was neither a formal certificate of education nor any advice in what happens after you leave...
Published 3 months ago by Ned Middleton

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3.0 out of 5 stars It's a useful starting point but I agree with other comments that ...
It's a useful starting point but I agree with other comments that it's clearly NOT updated every year. At the end of her article on writing features for newspapers and magazines Merope Mills is listed as the Executive Editor of the Saturday Guardian and formerly the editor of the Guardian's Weekend Magazine, yet in The Guardian's listing she is still named as the editor...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The aspiring writer’s best friend!, 31 July 2014
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Ned Middleton (British professional underwater photo-journalist & author) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Writers' and Artists' Yearbook 2015 (Paperback)
Re-written after several attacks – in the hope of help the aspiring writer!

Being a product of a British ‘secondary modern’ education system where the English teacher thought ‘Shakespeare’ was something an athlete did with a javelin, there was neither a formal certificate of education nor any advice in what happens after you leave school. Seriously!

Consequently, when (many years later) I produced my first book - there were those who actively disapproved. I was serving in the army at the time and one senior officer actually said to me “By what right do you seek to write a book about Scuba Diving?” Nevertheless, in spite of such disapproval, I am now described as an award-winning, best-selling author.

The relevance of this personal slant on my review of this particular book is that ANY would-be writer can produce a work worthy of being read by strangers (the ultimate test for any book!) provided the drive to see it through remains undiminished. You must not allow those wretched detractors to extinguish your own bright shining light of original creativity! Of course, writing it all down is only part of the process and many authors will have no idea what to do next.

Of all the aids which might be described as ‘the aspiring writer’s best friend,’ few compare favourably to this one. Aimed primarily at the UK market, this is not just a collection of addresses for book publishers and magazine editors. Instead, it contains almost everything you might need to know when writing for the different categories of; Books, Magazines, Newspapers, Poetry, TV, Film, Radio, Theatre and so forth. The advice given and lists of outlets is then followed by sections on; Literary Agents, Art & Illustration, Societies, Prizes and Festivals, Online, Resources, Copyright & Libel and Finance and covers almost every element of publishing. The publisher contacts all contributors ever year in a bid to extract accurate and up-to-date information and cannot, therefore, be blamed for those who fail to respond. Having mentioned such imperfections, what you get is as near-perfect as is possible to achieve.

Book publishers also include their own particular areas of expertise. If you write, say, children’s fiction there is no point in submitting your work to a publisher who concentrates solely on, say, Greek history (or whatever). Having identified your market, there is also advice on how to present your manuscript and other tips. In summary, therefore, we have the widest possible appreciation for the aspiring writer (and artist!) and had I been in possession of a copy – 30+ years ago!, my own particular journey would have been so much smoother!

And if you are still disheartened, just consider how many times the first Harry Potter novel was rejected!

In short, all you have to do is ask yourself; ‘Can I afford to be without a copy of this book?,’ and proceed from there.

And good luck.

NM
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a useful starting point but I agree with other comments that ..., 25 Aug 2014
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It's a useful starting point but I agree with other comments that it's clearly NOT updated every year. At the end of her article on writing features for newspapers and magazines Merope Mills is listed as the Executive Editor of the Saturday Guardian and formerly the editor of the Guardian's Weekend Magazine, yet in The Guardian's listing she is still named as the editor of the Weekend Magazine. I feel I have to double check all information before contacting someone which makes the purchase a little pointless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best of the best cannot fault it, 28 Sep 2014
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As always each year top tof the pile,the best of the best cannot fault it
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Writer's Right Arm, 14 Oct 2014
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Anyone wanting to write should have this book by their side.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as always, 25 Sep 2014
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This book just gets better and better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful reference book, 29 Aug 2014
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Useful and yes I'd recommend
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 9 Oct 2014
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GREAT HELP
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 Sep 2014
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Excellent
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good value Item, 29 Oct 2014
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Exactly as I expected, it will be a great help.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT completely revised and updated as claimed!, 7 Aug 2014
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I buy this book every year (though I’m beginning to wonder why).

I also work for one of the publishers listed. It’s not a small or obscure publisher – it turns over hundreds of millions of pounds a year and has five different offices up and down the UK (plus one in Ireland and one in the Netherlands).

To check the claim that this book is “completely revised and updated every year” I keep an eye on my company’s listing, and am disappointed to find that every year they keep republishing (and charging me for) the same out-of-date information that hasn’t been correct since 2010.

We’ve now been through FOUR managing directors since the one listed here, and the Editorial Director listed hasn’t been with the company since 2010.

So what does “completely revised and updated” mean? It certainly doesn’t seem to mean that the information has been checked for accuracy!
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