Maybe this book does not cover quite everything there is to know about writing and publishing, but authors planning to publish in the UK and Ireland should definitely have a look at this book:
Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2018
This is a tome of over 800 pages with a lot of background information about writing, the publishing industry, self-publishing, illustrations, writing for television, magazines and newspapers, and information about copyright. And there are a lot of invaluable tips and tricks from well-known, successful authors, who share their experiences in writing and publishing.
This is the book that answers all (or certainly many) of your questions.
The best part, however, are the listings!
They read a bit like the Yellow Pages. There are names, addresses, telephone numbers, website links, email addresses and a short description about:
- Newspapers and magazines
- Literary agents
- Art agents
- Societies, prizes and awards
- Writers’ retreats and courses
- Editorial services
- Self-publishing providers
If you only use it for the listings, it will already be worth your money. Note that the listings are mainly for addresses in UK and Ireland, although there are also ‘overseas’ sections covering major publishers and literary agents.
The chapters with background information are very readable and not too long-winded (just a few pages each). So, the book is easy to dip in and out of and provides you with just the snippet of knowledge that you need at any moment.
Here’s the link to the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1472947495 Note that there is a new edition every year, and the edition for the next year is usually published in July. So, before you buy, always check that you have the newest edition. The 2019 edition is currently £15.40.
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