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“The one-and-only, indispensable guide to the world of writing” – William Boyd

“Essential reading ... the A-Z of how to survive in publishing”

Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2014

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107th edition “The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook holds a very dear place in my heart. Without it, I would never have been published as quickly, or as well, of that much I am sure.” – Foreword by Martina Cole • Completely updated bestselling guide that advises, guides and inspires writers and artists on how to get published • 100 articles by successful authors and publishing insiders such as Neil Gaiman and Katie Fforde • New articles on erotic fiction, flash fiction, self-publishing and more • Practical information on a huge range of topics including copyright, finance, submitting a manuscript and marketing yourself and your writing • Nearly 4,500 entries in the up-to-date directory of media contacts 9781408192191 | July 2013 | PB | 816pp | £19.99 Order 2014,2015 & 2016 by direct debit to save 40% £11.99 Order 2013 only to save 25% £14.99

NEW articles for 2014 on: Co-authoring, Writing erotica, Flash fiction, Literary agents in the digital age, Short stories, Self-publishing, Writing for newspapers

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Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2014

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10th edition Foreword by Charlie Higson • Inspirational advice by best-selling authors across a large range of genres and ages (pre-school, young adults and all ages in between) • Practical information on all aspects of publishing for children, including submissions to publishers and agents, copyright, self-publishing and e-publishing

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Writers' & Artists' Guide to How to Write Harry Bingham

The Writers' & Artists' Yearbook Guide to Getting Published

Everything you need to create writing that sells – from industry expert and successful author, Harry Bingham. Covers the core skills of story-telling: story, character, prose style, and a whole host of tools that you’ll need to please your agent, publisher and, of course, audience.

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The Naked Author – A Guide to Self-publishing

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How do you know whether you have what it takes to be a writer, whether your writing is any good, what you should write about and whether you should dedicate proper time to begin your dream? Packed with advice from experienced writers including authors; P. D. James, Philip Pullman, Jacqueline Wilson, Katie Fforde and more. 9780713679328 | PB | 256pp | £10.99 £8.24



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Life Writing By Sally Cline & Carole Angier An essential guide to writing biography, autobiography and memoir, exploring the history and forms of life writing and the challenges and potential pitfalls of the genre. It also includes practical advice and tips from bestselling writers including Alan Bennett, Andrew Lownie and Nancy Milford. 2013 | 9781472527066 | PB | 288pp £14.99 £11.24 9781472531056

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This practical and inspiring guide explores the nature and history of the genre and contains a wealth of advice – from shaping plots and exploring your characters to how to find an agent when your novel is complete. Also includes tips from bestselling crime writers including Sophie Hannah, Ian Rankin and Mark Billingham.

Children and young people are some of the most difficult and demanding readers of all. This guide explores the history and challenges of children's literature, and the variety of genres available for children. It also includes practical advice, as well as tips by such bestselling authors as David Almond, Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Jennifer Donnelly.

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From Ancient Roman whodunnits, to Tudor Romances and nostalgic epics of the last century, historical fiction is dominating the bestseller charts. This Companion reflects on writing about different eras and provides tips and practical advice from a range of leading writers on planning and conducting research, working out plots and characters and mastering authentic but accessible dialogue.

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