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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than anticipated, 3 Aug 2010
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This review is from: The Writer's Handbook 2011: The Complete Guide for all Writers, Publishers, Editors, Agents and Broadcasters (Writer's Handbook (Palgrave)) (Paperback)
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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