Writer's Market UK 2010 Paperback – 27 Mar 2009
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The book covers everything from finding an agent and submitting your manuscript, to handling royalties and writing for the web. --Writer's Forum
About the Author
Caroline Taggart has over 25 years' experience in the publishing industry. During that time she has worked as a freelance editor with numerous high-profile authors and some lesser-known writers. Her clients include the BBC, HarperCollins and Kyle Cathie. She has written a number of books, and has also appeared on several BBC radio shows. She lives in London.
Top Customer Reviews
Sadly I found the tone of some of these articles rather depressing. Yes, I know the odds are stacked against me making a living from writing - but the purpose of buying a book like this is to learn how to success in this goal. I've not felt this negative tone in similar directories I've read.
There are positive and inspiring articles. The first is by Joanne Harris, in which we learn she doesn't plan her books. There seems to be a continuum of writers, from those that start at page one and go - and those who plan everything in detail. I'm still working out where I am on that line, so it was interesting to get the point of view of an author I admire.
Elizabeth Kay's article about writing for children was my favourite. Gallons Of Lemonade, And Steak And Kidney Pud was refreshingly written and contained many gems. She also shows she knows her market when she talks about children not being idiots, merely having smaller vocabularies and less experience.
Inevitably information in a directory like this goes out of date, but it is a useful first point for further research. Writer's Market UK is a helpful tool if you want to sell what you write.
Perhaps unsurprisingly there wasn't a huge amount of difference between them all, they all had a load of informative articles, good quality listings and free website that i'd probably only get around to using once or twice out of curiosity.
However, for me it's the tiniest of details that makes this writers guide that little bit more convenient to use, namely a little bit of extra separation in the listings. Having finished writing my first novel and researched how to try and sell it, I decided to try and find an agent. Now i know it's a trivial point, but i've written fiction and therefore I want an agent interested in fiction, and what i've found in the A&W and a couple of other guides is that the agent listings can be a little bit confusing and long winded. I am after all not interested in what non-fiction sub genre's a particular agent will consider, especially when i'm wading through 200 listings to try and figure out who to approach first.
So for me the single fact that the Writer's Market UK separates out the fiction and non fiction, makes this writer's guide that tiny bit better and more useable, and why i'll be buying the 2010 edition next instead of any of the others.
I was so impressed, I bought the 2009 version, rather than going back to either of the other two. I feel there is more inforamation and the accompanying website (which is free to use) is invaluable.
Clearly, directories of this sort have to be compiled many months in advance of the year stated on the front, and so some information will be outdated by the time many people purchase the book. There will always be changes to the staff of magazines and publishing houses, and this will be an issue that affects all three of the main writers' directories, not just Writer's Market UK. Writers should ALWAYS verify contact details themselves, by checking a current issue of a magazine, contacting the publishing house directly, etc. This is also where the Writer's Market website comes in handy, as this is a resource that can be kept up to date on an ongoing basis.
It is a very chunky book - much larger than the other directories, which means it isn't the most portable. It is easy to find your way around the various sections, and it is very well laid out.
This is definitely my directory of choice and I will continue to be a loyal customer in the future.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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I brought this book several months back for a friend who was considering publishing their own novel. Read morePublished on 16 July 2013 by Jarvis Quin
I found this book a very helpful resource to help me look for a literary agent/publisher to get my book published.Published on 7 Mar. 2013 by S M Kruger
I really like this book - lots of useful information but also quite a few articles at the beginning that give the book an added dimension.Published on 18 July 2010 by Mel Sherratt
This item looked ideal and I t5hought it would be useful. I ordered it and paid Chris Lovejoy for it, but never received it. I emailed him several times but got no reply. Read morePublished on 27 Jun. 2010 by Kate
this is a good document with a lot of info. competes well with the writers and artist yearbookPublished on 17 July 2009 by release the cure
Poor binding, 12 Nov 2008
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Writer's Market 2009
The articles are good, but the second time I opened the... Read more
Contains a lot of useful information that is not in the Writers and Artists Yearbook, such as 'tips' on agents and publishers, and entries for individual imprints within the larger... Read morePublished on 13 Aug. 2008 by H Millar