It’s that time of year again when wise writers update their collection of yearbooks. These yearbooks give you the latest contact details for publishers, agents, newspapers, magazines, TV companies, etc. They also contain the latest submission requirements and advice. There are also details of competitions and awards that you can enter. Plus you’ll find a variety of useful articles from leading writers, covering subjects such as formatting your manuscript and tax issues.
The world of writing and publishing changes rapidly. By having the very latest contact details, submission requirements and advice, you’ll significantly improve your chances of getting published. And you won’t make the mistake of sending your work to someone who’s now left the company, or to a company that has gone out of business. You’ll also find out about new publishers, agents and media outlets.
But these yearbooks are not only useful to writers seeking publication, they’re also enormously valuable if you’ve already been published and need contact details for press and media outlets so you can market your books.
And don’t forget our own very useful Date-A-Base Book 2009 which is a different sort of yearbook. It contains details of more than 1,200 historic anniversaries that will occur during 2009. You need these dates well in advance so you’ll have time to research, write and edit your work and get it to editors in plenty of time for publication. Available in both printed and e-book versions, just one article sale will cover the purchase cost many times over.
Dave Haslett, ideas4writers, www.ideas4writers.co.uk