The Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook has, for over a century, provided independent and impartial guidance for writers.
The launch of Writers’ & Artists’ self-publishing comparison service is merely an extension of the book brand.
It has been specifically designed to provide more transparency for authors trying to select the right service for their needs. In an industry where there is a lot of confusion between different services such as Editorial Assessment, Line Editing, Content Editing and Content Editing Plus, the team at Writers & Artists felt this was a necessary step to take on behalf of the writer.
The comparison service includes a questionnaire where writers specify what type of service they are interested in. This is a free service for writers, and all self-publishing providers are listed free of charge. Both time and money have been invested into collecting information on the different types of service offered by providers and, of course, designing a comparison service that provides writers with results of their “best matches”.
Providers who have elected to receive data are charged a flat fee, ensuring all those featured remain on a level playing field. Should writers wish to do so, their information on which services they are interested in is then passed on to providers. They will then be contacted by providers with further information regarding the services they have indicated within the questionnaire.
In addition to the comparison service itself, there are also articles from industry experts (from editorial and marketing advice through to warning signs to watch out for in a provider); an ever-evolving glossary of industry terms; an expanding FAQ section; and interviews with self-published authors. These features have all been included with writers in mind. Our goal is not only to help demystify the self-publishing process, but also develop an accessible, impartial service that puts writers in touch with the providers best-suited to moving their novel forwards.
The next stage:
We are, of course, expecting lots of feedback from writers using our service, and we’ve already planned how we’re going to put this to good use. Once we’ve received sufficient data from writers, a second ratings section will be introduced in the results table. This will allow authors the opportunity to filter results by both ‘Best Match’ and ‘User Reviews’, further strengthening the transparency of the platform and allowing freelancers to rank alongside established companies established within the industry.
Whether from interested writers or providers looking for further information, Writers & Artists are happy to answer any questions on our comparison service. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your queries and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.