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Writers' and Artists' Yearbook 2009: A Directory for Writers, Artists, Playwrights, Designers, Illustrators and Photographers (Writers' & Artists' Yearbook) Paperback – 30 Jun 2008

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Product details

  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (30 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408102641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408102640
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 5.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 861,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook 2009 is a must-have publication for anyone wanting to break into the publishing industry" -- Birmingham Post, July 2008

"What makes the book an outstandingly good buy is the many articles about every aspect of getting published... Highly recommended for all writers and artists, this really is an essential companion for all writers." -- Writersservices.com (24th September 2008)

' Essential for research ' -- Press Gazette (Jan 2009)

An essential source of infomation and inspiration, it is packed with up-to-date contact details...It also contains practical and inspirational advice and encouragement from successful authors. -- The Good Book Guide

An institution in the writing business. -- Writing Magazine

Even established writers can feel as though they're climbing a mountain. Think of the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook as your sherpa. -- Ian Rankin

Full of useful stuff. It answered my every question' -- JK Rowling

Never give up, never become discouraged, and set right to it, with the Yearbook your shining armour, your sword! -- Alexander McCall Smith

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Foreword by Alexander McCall-Smith

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"The Writers' and Artist's Yearbook" (W&AY), published by A&C Black, has a long-standing reputation as a 'must-have' for any writer looking to get into publication. While a number of similar books now exist - including "The Writer's Handbook" (TWH), published by Macmillan, and "Writer's Market" (WM), published by David & Charles Ltd - W&AY remains the original font of knowledge, and for me, the premier choice.

All of these books contain roughly the same extensive listings of publishers, agents, print media, producers etc, and in truth there is little to choose between them. Indeed the competition is gradually catching up, and it is notable that TWH has undergone a major facelift for this year. Of course a lot will come down to personal preference regarding the layout of the different books, and so if you can get the chance to compare them before you buy, all the better.

What makes the W&AY stand out is the wealth of advice it contains (nearly 200 pages' worth) from professional writers, publishers, agents and producers. In separate articles, famous authors such as Joanna Trollope, Terry Pratchett, Bernard Cornwell and J.K. Rowling address various aspects of the writing process and discuss a wide variety of genres. Many other highly informative pieces cover diverse issues such as self-publishing, marketing your book, writing for TV, radio and theatre, the electronic world of websites and e-publishing, and financial aspects such as tax. This makes the W&AY more than simply a listings book - it is, in effect, an introduction to the entire world of writing. Much overlooked is of course the fact that this is a yearbook for artists too. Correspondingly there are sections for the budding illustrator and photographer in the W&AY which are not to be found in the other guides.
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This book is a compendium of information. It provided details of publishing houses, literary agents, magazines and also provides essays from well known names to help you achieve success. The listings are easy to navigate and relevant information is included so that those trying to place their work don't waste time contacting people who don't deal with their line of work. I have used this book practically when trying to place work and it has helped me to match my work with the right people. A must buy.
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Back in the nineties this book was half the size it is now. To people who aspire to create for a living, the revised hefty tome is probably the bible you need by your bedside. Every time I pick it up it gives me a buzz, because I feel the key to a new and exciting career is right here at my fingertips. So much info! The tips from established authors are like gold dust.
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I have used both Writers' & Artists' Yearbook AND The Writer's Handbook for 15 years and have used them to sell 7 books including British editions of US titles I've written. Which one is better? It depends on the year. In fact, in the 1990s, The Writer's Handbook was the first to make detailed listings of book editors, the key to getting your query letter or proposal read. The Writers' & Artists' Yearbook, however, fought back and greatly improved the detail of its listings, surpassing The Writer's Handbook for a year or two. Now it's a see-saw battle to provide ever more information and keep up to date: The writer is the beneficiary of this competition. For my money, buying both books is worthwhile, just to compare the listings and to get the fullest picture. You only have one chance per idea with a publishing house. Once an editor turns down your idea, you can't resubmit, so you want to make your best shot the first time.
-- Erich Hoyt (author, The Earth Dwellers, Creatures of the Deep, Insect Lives, Orca: The Whale Called Killer, and other books)
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I bought the Writers and Artists Yearbook at the recommendation of a writing course I took online from the Crafty Writer website this year.

A great book full of facinating facts and help; a great buy for any aspiring writer.
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I had an idea for a book in my head and the time came for me to write it, but how to find a publisher? The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook is it, the totally comprehensive information source for all budding authors. Perfect.
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Essential for anyone who is looking for a market for their work. An easily accessible look-up guide and comes at a price that makes it affordable to buy a new handbook each year.
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a superb publication, tells you everything you need to know and more, includes 'real life' stories of how it is, a must-read for any budding author, artist, photographer etc etc
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