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on 4 August 2017
Grear read and extremely helpful. Wish I'd read it years ago . I would have given it five stars if Mr. Bingham had his English 100% spot on. When you write a guide to help other writers you definitely need to make sure everything is 100%. There were a couple of wrong words but the main beef is the use of 'for free' when he says the Pythons let him use a quote for free! Most people with a good education know this is incorrect. It is used widely these days but it is WRONG! I hate to see it and I am always telling my grandchildren that it is American and not good English!
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A hugely expansive resource giving you everything you could possibly need to know about the publishing world and how to get there. Eminently readable too. A perfect companion to the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook and other titles in their range. An extremely valuable assistant. Well formatted for Kindle.
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on 25 March 2013
This book is an amazing resource on publishing in the UK. An absolute must for any beginning writer. As a published novelist, Harry Bingham knows the ins and outs of the book trade and is able to relate them in a comprehensive yet easily digestable form.

If you have publishing-related queries, chances are you'll find your answers in this book. The book takes you on the complete journey. It talks about refining and polishing your manuscript prior to sending it into the world, whether to go the agent or publisher route, how to write the perfect cover letter, the deadly sins to avoid, how to chose the agents to send your manuscript (how many, which country, etc.), agent scams to avoid, and a variety of alternative routes into the publishing world should you fail to find an agent. In the event of success, it also has the wealth of information about navigating the publishing world: what questions to ask at the meeting with the agent or the publisher, how to select the right agent (or publisher) if you have multiple offers, how to maintain the relationship with the agent, publishing contracts, fees and royalties explained in detail, international sales, and so on and so forth.

Another great quality of the book is that it deals with the subject very openly and without glossing over the hard realities. It prepares you for what to expect and gives you some realistic figures on average and median incomes of contemporary writers, as well as the typical lifespan of a book. Yes, you'll probably be shocked and I saw some reviewers comment on how the picture the book paints is so bleak that they wished they never read it. Yes, it is a bleak picture if your focus is solely on financial rewards, but the book tells you what to expect. Wouldn't you rather know it than continue to see the world through rose tinted glasses?

In a word, if you are writing a book, or have just finished one and are preparing your 'plan of attack', I highly recommend you read this book before you implement your plans of world domination. It's absolutely worth every penny!
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on 11 October 2012
All budding writers should consider the purchasing of this book by Mr Bingham. It covers a variety of topics including pitches, synopsis writing, approaching publishers and agents. In fact, it almost covers every topic you could want if you have written a book and want some advice on getting it published. The only drawback to this book is that it was released in 2010 and doesn't really cover self publishing to any great extent. Apart from that, coupled with the writers' and artists' yearbook, this is a must for any writer to have.
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on 3 March 2013
I used this book for a year three module. This book is wonderful and gives great insight into the world of publishing. It takes you through all aspects of writing for a living, in a conversational way. It has great character, and the writer shares his own experiences, that are often very encouraging.

Love this book, definitely a must buy if you want to know about publishing. It definitely answers all the question you may have, about agents, self-publishing, preparing your piece.
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on 8 August 2017
Demystifies the whole process. An invaluable resource.
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on 24 March 2017
Very good, as a guide, but it is not an instruction manual, and should not be treated as such. It contains a wealth of very handy tips.
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on 5 April 2017
This is extremely interesting and well written.
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on 18 October 2010
This book is ace. If you've just completed your manuscript and are sweating over the dreaded synopsis and enquiry letter, or you've just come up with a killer proposal for a non-fiction book, arm yourself with it. The writer de-mystifies the world of publishing, advises you how to approach agents and answers all the questions you're likely to have (plus quite a few you wish you'd thought of).

There's loads of contradictory advice knocking around on the Internet for wannabe authors. This book cuts through it. Case studies and anecdotes are provided to back up each subject area, along with hints and tips from publishers, agents and other insiders. Everything is covered, from assessing whether your manuscript is ready to dealing with approaches from Hollywood (and why you shouldn't get too excited about that prospect.) There are sections on libel, copyright and plagiarism, self-publishing and marketing.

The tone of this guide is pitched just right; it's light and readable without ever being patronising or flippant.
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on 10 August 2014
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