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First published in 1906, by Adam & Charles Black, the original Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook was an 80-page booklet, costing one shilling, and gave details of seven literary agents and 89 publishers. Articles offering advice on the writing and publishing process first appeared in the 1914 edition, and from this year onwards the Yearbook has been published. The development of publishing as an industry also meant the Yearbook had to expand in order to include information for illustrators, as well as to adapt to the changing digital landscape and the rise of self-publishing.
A&C Black became part of Bloomsbury Publishing in 2000 and Bloomsbury now publishes the entire collection of Writers & Artists titles and companion guides.
In 2004, Bloomsbury launched the Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook that includes articles and advice specifically focused on the children's book market. It contains articles from a diverse array of successful children's authors across different genres, media and age ranges, as well as contact details tailored to the children's publishing industry.
The modern-day Yearbook
A new and updated version of both the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook and Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook are published in the UK every July. The Yearbook now contains 100 advice articles, covering every aspect of the publishing world and the paths creatives can follow in order to gain entry to it. These advice articles are punctuated by lists of over 4,500 industry contacts, including agents, publishers, media companies and societies.
"Words that advise, cajole, inform, reassure": an editorial from Alysoun Owen as our 2022 editions become available [read here]
"Every year it's a team endeavour": insight into the editorial process undertaken each year in order to update and publish our Yearbooks [read here]
Further titles from Writers & Artists
As well as our Yearbooks, Writers & Artists also publish a series of companion guides which dive deeper into specific areas of publishing. Most recent titles include:
The Writers’ & Artists’ Guide to How to Write
The Right Word
The Organised Writer
The Writers’ & Artists’ Guide to Getting Published
The Writers’ & Artists’ Guide to Self-Publishing
The Writers’ & Artists’ Guide to How to Hook an Agent
The Writers’ & Artists’ Guide to Writing for Children and YA