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2003 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market: The No 1 Source for Reaching More Than 800 Editors and Art Directors Who Want Your Work   Alice Pope (Editor) : includes listings of hundreds of book publishers and magazines and agents and art representatives, as well as information on grants, conferences, workshops, organizations and more...

Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children's Books  Uri Shulevitz : a guide to creating children's books, from the preliminary idea to publication, including "how to tell a story visually, draw characters and develop settings."

Writers' & Artists' Yearbook: 2003 : Now in its 96th year, Writers and Artists Yearbook is a trustworthy old friend to anyone trying to sell creative work commercially and needing a one-volume all-purpose reference book... [Amazon.co.uk Review]

The Guide to Book Publishers 2003
: opens the door to over 800 book publishers, large and small. It gives details of author guidelines as well as information on e-publishers. A one-step guide to book publishers in the UK & Ireland.

The Small Press Guide 2003
: 8th edition - This book "seeks to be a complete guide to poetry and small press magazines in the UK"

Writing and Enjoying Haiku: A Hands-on Guide  Jane Reichhold : a beginner's guide to the composition and appreciation of haiku poetry...

coverFrom Pitch to Publication
Carole Blake : From Pitch to Publication is a real insider's guide (Carole's agency Blake Friedmann have published Jane Asher, John Harvey and Micheal Ridpath amongst many others) to how the publishing system actually works. The book contains information on what agents want, how to produce a successful synopsis, questions to ask a publisher before signing, a particularly useful section on contracts and a very focused troubleshooting section. Before you do start on that manuscript, however, Carole has some words of wisdom about market research: "Are you writing the right book? If you spend time thinking about this before you start, you may save yourself a lot of agonies later." This is advice from an insider, chronologically detailing how to go about getting a piece of commercial fiction published. As Carole says: "The more you know about the publishing process, the more you can profit from it." [Mark Thwaite / Amazon.co.uk Review]

The Complete Guide to Self-publishing
Provides writers with step-by-step guidance on every aspect of publishing and marketing a book...

Writing a Children's Book: How to Write for Children and Get Published  Pamela Cleaver : covers the writing of picture books, plots and planning, teenage fiction and non-fiction books.

How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy  Orson Scott Card : Not only does this book provide advice for every science fiction and fantasy writer interested in constructing stories about people, worlds and "events that stretch the boundaries of the possible and the magical", but Orson Scott Card includes information on potential markets and how to reach them!
If you're interested in more Orson Scott Card books, check out Characters and Viewpoint (The Elements of Fiction Writing) an in-depth instruction on how fiction writers can make the best choices in creating characters and handling viewpoints....

The Complete Guide to Standard Script Formats: Screenplays
  Hilis R. Cole, Judith H. Haag

How to Write Books That Sell  L. Perry Wilbur, Jon Samsel : how to develop a marketable book idea, create a winning book proposal, lock in a publishing deal, deliver a blockbuster manuscript...and much more!

The Art of Creative Nonfiction: Writing and Selling the Literature of Reality  Lee Gutkind : Covers all aspects of non-fiction creative writing, including essays, criticism, literary journalism, narrative history, memoir, and more.

How NOT to Write a Screenplay: 101 Common Mistakes Most Screenwriters Make
  Denny Martin Flinn

How to Write a Selling Screenplay: A Step by Step Approach
  Christopher Keane

The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting and Selling Your Script
  David Trottier

New Rhyming Dictionary and Poet's Handbook
  Burges Johnson : Contains definitions, examples of lyric poetry, and a reference for patterns of rhythm.

Novel Writing (Writing Handbook)  Evan Marshall : an approach to planning, plotting, writing and finishing a successful novel...

The Creative Writing Coursebook: Forty Authors Share Advice and Exercises for Fiction & Poetry  Andrew Motion (Foreword), Julia Bell (Editor) : A comprehensive guide for improving your creative writing. This coursebook takes aspiring writers through three stages of practice - gathering, shaping, and finishing - and should be of interest to those who are just starting to write as well as those who want some help honing work already completed.

The Writer's Handbook: 2003cover  Barry Turner (Editor) : "So you've written your article about sword dancing in Northumberland. You think it's publishable but have never published before and have no contacts. Where do you start? Enter The Writer's Handbook 2003 with its usual detailed listings and helpful advice about the marketing of words.
First published in 1998 the annual handbook includes long alphabetical lists of magazines and newspapers, contact details for book publishers, relevant website addresses and essays to entertain you even when they can't encourage. This year, for example, Mick Sinclair's contribution "Up, Up Away" tells you unequivocally that: "writers hoping to break into travel authorship by recounting a thrill-a-minute tale of death-defying adventure will probably find swimming the Atlantic with a pack of sharks or crossing Antarctic on a toboggan to be much easier than convincing a publisher to commission an account of the exploit."
Of course The Writer's Handbook isn't just for article writers. This is a book for writers in the widest sense so novelists, playwrights, screen writers, and radio "scripters" are all catered for. Neither is it a book just for beginners. There is plenty of useful information here for anyone active in the writing business whether he or she is an established practitioner, a raw recruit or somewhere in between.
Particularly useful are the contact details of festivals from The Round Festival in Wimborne to the well-known Cheltenham Festival of Literature. The organisation listings are good value too. They range from the Big Boys such as Society of Authors and Chartered Institute of Journalists to the Outdoor Writers' Guild and the Association of Christian Writers.
So, back to your sword dancers. Search the magazine and newspaper indexes in The Writer's Handbook for suitable titles, read the advice and try your luck." Review by Susan Elkin / Amazon.co.uk

How to Write for Children - and Get Publishedcover  Louise Jordan : "Anyone can write for kids--it's easy. Wrong! The first thing author Louise Jordan does in her book How to Write for Children and Get Published is to dispel this notion. As Jordan says, "...writing a children's book is not easier than writing an adult book, merely different ... What is needed is a clarity of vision, and this is harder than you might think."
Jordan runs The Writers Advice Centre for Children's Books in London and is also a reader for Penguin Children's Books. She gives information from the point of view of both writer and editor, which results in a sympathetic but pragmatic perspective on the world of children's publishing.
Knowing the market is a crucial element of writing that is often overlooked. Jordan explores different kinds of books for children of different ages, and provides examples of each category. This section is specifically geared towards the UK market, but the basic information is universal. Jordan then discusses different subject areas and analyses the components of a good story, including plotting, characterisation, point of view and style. The final section tells how to submit work to publishers, and outlines the author's relationship with a publisher once a book is accepted. She is optimistic but realistic, and advises writers to learn from rejection.
Jordan doesn't just tell the prospective children's writer what to do--she provides insightful exercises after each chapter so that her readers can learn for themselves. This is a practical, accessible guide to writing children's books." Review by Caryn Jenner / Amazon.co.uk

1001 Ways to Market Your Books: for Authors and Publishers  John Kremer : Offers advice on planning a successful marketing strategy - includes information on distributors, bricks and mortar bookstores, online marketing, and school and library marketing.

Jump Start Your Book Sales  Tom Ross, Marilyn Ross : full of ideas for booking author events, signings, TV appearances and radio interviews, including the latest trends and technology - such as the internet.

Guerrilla Marketing for Writers  Rick Frishman, Michael Larsen, Jay Conrad Levinson : essentially a US-biased book, as far as contacts are concerned, but ideas could be adapted for other countries....

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