Writers' and Artists' Yearbook 2005 2005 Paperback – 16 Aug 2004
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The Writers and Artists Yearbook is back for its annual appearance. Its kept the shiny bright-red, chunky housebrick look of 2004 and remains, as last years novelist commentator Eoin Colfer observed, rammed with "every possible scrap of information needed by the upcoming or established writer." This years 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 years 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 Gordonone of the great literary agents to whom this years 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' sectionwhich this year includes Joanne Trollope, Simon Winchester and JK Rowlingand 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
'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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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!!!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Packed with very useful and relevant information. A must have for an author.Published 4 months ago by Celia Anderson
The 2006 edition is now available and, if you're serious about writing, you should invest in this (my full review of the 2005 edition can be found below).Published on 5 Nov. 2005 by omnigadrum
This is once again the best guide for artists and writers without a doubt. If you need contacts at newspapers, editors, magazines - just get this single volume. Read morePublished on 25 Sept. 2005 by Mark Hillary
I was looking for a listing of English theatre companies and I was told by a friend to get the Writers' and artists' Yearbook. She couldn't have advised me better! Read morePublished on 13 July 2005
Having bought the "Writers' and Artist' Yearbook" every year for a number of years it has proved to be a very helpful tool to have. Read morePublished on 7 April 2005
I buy this every year, and like the reader from Hastings I was surprised that the magazine subject listings were not in the usual place, but unlike this person I checked the index... Read morePublished on 9 July 2004 by Jackie
It has some good sections, including how to submit material to a publisher, copyright information and agreements, but the main body of the book comprises listings of publishers. Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2004
Reference works must be the hardest to publish as every user has slightly different needs to cater for. Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2004 by Booksthatmatter
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