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  • Paperback: 858 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd; 98Rev Ed edition (16 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713669365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713669367
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.9 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,218,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Writers’ and Artists Yearbook is back for its annual appearance. It’s kept the shiny bright-red, chunky housebrick look of 2004 and remains, as last year’s novelist commentator Eoin Colfer observed, rammed with "every possible scrap of information needed by the upcoming or established writer." This year’s foreword writer Maeve Binchy describes it as "like a magic carpet that would carry the writer anywhere . . .like a scaffolding on a building, it sort of suggests that it is half possible to climb up this unreal dream mountain of becoming a writer." Every year one can expect a comprehensive directory of publishers as well as all the essential articles on writing fiction and non-fiction, approaching publishers, getting an agent, correcting proofs, copyright and libel law, marketing, self-publishing, navigating research facilities and the like. But then every year things get better. This year’s edition boasts over 400 new entries within the listings section as well as new articles on libraries, digital television and radio. The ‘Getting Started’ section is now at the front and includes articles for both magazines and books. New articles include: ‘Understanding the Publishing Process’; a ‘Year-In-View of the Publishing Industry’; ‘The Writers Ultimate Workspace’ concerning the difficulties of writing from home, and ‘The Role of the Literary Agent’ by the late Giles Gordon—one of the great literary agents to whom this year’s edition is dedicated. There is also a new feature by Helen Weinstein entitled ‘Inside the BBC’ for those who want to break into the world of the beeb. Add to that the 'Notes From Successful Authors' section—which this year includes Joanne Trollope, Simon Winchester and JK Rowling—and you have all the reasons you need to get up-dated.

In short, the Writers’ and Artists Yearbook is a comprehensive course that gives you the best possible chance to succeed. If you are a photographer, a poet, a cartoonist, or a writer of any kind this will prove to be the most important book in your library.-- Larry Brown

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'Every possible scrap of information needed by an upcoming or established writer is included.' -- Eoin Colfer (author of Artemis Fowl)

'The essential reference guide for all budding authors.' -- Good Book Guide

'The sheer volume of information in the Yearbook gives encouragement to the brittle vulnerable hearts of would-be writers’ -- Maeve Binchy

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If you are in any way serious about writing and live in the British Isles, then there are two books you need to buy every year - "Writers' and Artists' Yearbook" and "The Writer's Handbook". The questions you'll be asking now are Why? and what does he mean by "serious about writing"?
People start writing for a variety of reasons - fun, love, therapy. It's a progressive illness. At some stage, you decide you'd like to improve your skills ... or come to the conclusion that other people might benefit from hearing your words! You join a writers' group, take classes, or start sending your poems, short stories, manuscripts, or articles to publishers. It's before this stage you have to get serious. If you want to improve your writing and have at least the ambition to get published, then I'd suggest you invest in the "Writers' and Artists' Yearbook" and learn a little about marketing before you start sending out material on spec.
The "Yearbook" contains a generous helping of useful articles which might just stimulate you and inspire you with the confidence to share your writings with others. If you're serious enough to believe that you'd like to push your writing to the ultimate conclusion and try to earn money (if not a living) from it, then you will need both books.
If you were to compare the two, "Writers' and Artists' Yearbook" is probably the better value. Both contain page after page of addresses - UK newspapers and magazines, publishers, agents, competitions, etc., etc., etc., complete with pen portraits of these. Both books offer a number of articles on the subject of writing and publication. In general, the "Yearbook" is slightly better.
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As an aspiring writer, I was told to purchase this book due to the fact that it simply is the writer's Bible. I was glad of the recommendation from women at the writers' forum and hurriedly ordered it. I could not have been more pleased.
Every writer (and artist) needs to begin somewhere. In the case of the aspiring writer, whether the manuscript is complete or nowhere near finished, it is definitely a must to search out the publishers and agents who may be able to help you in the steps to getting published. This book contains the names and addresses of countless literary agents, publishers and publications. Book publishers are listed, along with magazines and newspapers in order to assist the freelance writer.
Not only that, but along with the helpful contacts, each section provides valuable information about what the section entails. These tips cover various subjects including finding an agent, how to get published, writing for newspapers and magazines, and so on. The information provided is fabulous and is definitely a great help to anyone interested in getting published.
Just like the acting industry has Spotlight Contacts, writers and artists have the Yearbook; a precious directory of useful contacts, priceless information, and brilliant piece of mind. I would advise anybody who even has just a slight interest in writing to purchase this title.
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Well, better than ever in it's layout, with the same enormous amounts of essential, up-to-date info inside it.
I'm just starting out on the Writers road, and I couldn't be without mine. And a long-established writer friend of mine couldn't be without hers either.
Never mind considering it - just buy it. You NEED it!!!
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A few years ago I began to write in my spare time, producing short stories that i considered to be below the standard of most i had read in magazines and in books. however, my family, friends, and also my professors said that my stories were good, so i began to write more and more. after a while 'good' reviews turned to 'very good', and 'very good' to 'excellent'. I was pleased, and began to consider publishing (mostly due to my constant lack of money, but also because i wanted my stories to be read by more people). I bought Stephen King's 'On Writing' and in it he recommended a book called 'The Writers Market'. However, as I'm not an American it is of little use to me, so, while wondering what book i could get to point me in the right direction, i saw among the articles of 'Writing Magazine' the mention of a book called 'Writers and Artists Yearbook.'
Suffice to say, it was worth the investment. The book features an amazing wealth of information and contact details relating to newspapers, magazines, fiction, poems, screenplays, television, radio, and also about agents. Scattered in-between these listings are incredibly useful guides and tips for writing for each of these fields, how to get an agent, what is vanity publishing, and much much more. It contains all the information that i wanted before buying it and also much more, leading me to consider forms of writing that i had never even thought of before.
I haven't yet been published, but if my stories are of high enough quality then it is only a matter of time. I recommend this book to ANYONE who has ever even considered writing, part-time or otherwise.
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