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Read about authors' experiences in their own words, find discussions on the issues faced by the publishing world and discover what makes a book impossible to put down, from experts in the industry.

Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2019: What's New?

The Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook (CWAYB)  is snapping hot on the heels of its older sister [link to WAYB 19]: it’s now fifteen years old and has firmly established itself as the guide for writers and illustrators for children from tots to YA plus all ages in between, across all media, formats and genres. Don’t just take my word for it. Sarah Crossan, Carnegie Medal winning author of the One and other titles, and the writer of the Foreword to this year’s 2019 edition, agrees: ‘To find your way as a children’s author, CWAYB should be your first port of call.’   

Sarah is joined by bestselling writers such as Paul Stewart, Emma Reeves, Shelli R. JohannesRobin Stevens and an illustrious cast of others – to collectively provide a range of engaging, informative and enlightening new articles for this year’s edition. We aim to reflect the very latest ideas emanating from the world of books and to showcase some of the best authors …

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Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2019: What's New?

It’s July and on cue the newspapers and book blogs are awash with recommended summer reads. Should these inspire you to devote some of your holiday to perfecting your own novel-in-progress, then the ideal travel companion to pack alongside your sun cream– yes, you guessed it –  is the very latest edition of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook. It too is a staple of the July publishing calendar and has been sharing advice and support on all aspects of the writing process and on how to get your work noticed by agents, publishers and readers since 1906. If the print edition just seems a little too heavy for your suitcase, leave it on your shelves, and download the eBook to your Kindle.

The Yearbook is a distillation of the best, expert information and inspiring recommendations from the book world, and as Joanne Harris says in her Foreword to this 2019 edition, it is a ‘lifeline’ for the budding author. She goes on to write that ‘[it] helped me formulate my goals and …

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The Joy of Reading

Are you suffering from Tsundoku? I know I am. It’s a truth universally acknowledged that if there’s a situation in modern life, the Germans or the Japanese will have a word for it. Tsundoku is the accumulation of reading material that you then don’t read. Also known as That Pile Of Books By The Bed.

The thing is about That Pile is every one of those books looked really enticing when you picked it up, but something about being in That Pile makes them turn into homework on a Sunday evening. Someone I know has wrapped their Pile in newspaper so it starts looking more intriguing again. I suggest dismantling it and redistributing the books around the house until it grows again. It will. 

Reading, generally, is often a ‘should’ activity rather than a pleasure. 

‘I should read more.’

‘I should read more literary books.’

‘I should read that book that someone recommended.’

‘If I want to be a good writer, I should read widely in my genre.’

I read for work, …

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Getting Published: Andy Stanton on the Yearbook

Andy Stanton, award-winning writer of the Mr Gum series and all-round funny man, waxes lyrical about the Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook in this archived extract from his Foreword to the eight edition of the Yearbook.

As Andy will be speaking at our children's fiction writing course Your Children's Book, we thought we would share his inspirational advice on the importance of finishing what you write, and just where an idea on paper can take you...

You are holding in your hands one of two things. You are either holding one of the most powerful little books on the planet, a book which has the potential to CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOR EVER; or you are holding a cool little lifestyle accessory, a book which you can keep on your shelf to announce to yourself and others: ‘Oh, I’m a writer-sort of person, I’m sure I’ll use this book one day. But in the meantime, doesn’t it look professional.’ For years before I got published I would frequently buy the latest copy of the

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The Writer's Constant Companion

'The Yearbook remains an indispensable companion for anyone seriously committed to the profession of author, whether full or part-time.' David Lodge

In his Foreword to this year’s 2018 edition of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook, veteran novelist, critic and literary savant, David Lodge reflects on his lengthy writing career. In his eyes, since his first novel was published in 1960 at the age of 25, ‘the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook is just about the only thing that is common to that world and the world of the writer today.’

And we agree with him.

In an ever-changing landscape, the Yearbook still remains the writer’s constant companion after 111 years. Publishers come and go, imprints close and new ones prosper, and literary agents go it alone after years at larger, established agencies.  There are more ways than ever before in which your writing can be shared, more outlets for your genre fiction, screenplay or poetry to reach their target market, and a …

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