I’ve blogged before about some of the essential tools of the trade. And this is another vital book for any writer, editor or anybody else who regularly works with words.
This year’s edition of the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook 2021 is the one hundred and fourteenth, the first published way back in 1906. And it has been a staple on any writer’s desk ever since.
It is, in my mind, split into two parts: incredibly comprehensive lists of key people and organisations and useful articles on all manner of things connected to writing.
First, the lists.
There are massive lists of magazines, local and national newspapers, agents and book publishers, both UK based and international. There’s lists of competitions and prizes too. As a writer, it’s an excellent starting point for finding a way of getting your words published. As an editor, the lists of publishers are ideal for finding future work.
The articles are just as useful.
Whatever your genre, whatever your format, there’s an article from experts in their field. There’s also excellent ‘how to’ articles, helping you navigate your way through copyright, finding an agent and securing the best publishing deals.
And, of course, there’s an article about editing!
In fact, I find myself turning to that frequently. Especially the article that contains the BSI symbols for text mark-up (yes – I do know them, it’s just nice to be reminded!).
Finance, tax, self-publishing services, you name it: if it’s writing related, it’ll be in the Writers’ and Artists’ Handbook!
Make sure your copy is well-thumbed, there’s bound to be a gm in there that you never knew. Or a publisher for your novel. Or the answer to that question.
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