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On this page we'll try to dispel a few myths and offer some helpful hints and encouragement to writers hoping to take that great leap forward to getting published. We can't guarantee our advice will turn manuscripts into bestsellers, but hopefully it will make those first steps a little easier.
"You need resilience to deal with initial rejections. The first agent I sent my book to wrote back to say she thought the characters were immature, the plot unrealistic, and the work 'frankly unpublishable'." - Jane Green, The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook
The Role of the Literary Agent
Submitting Your Work to a Publisher
Should I Self-publish?
Dos and Don'ts For Any Budding Author
Selected material sourced and extracted from the Writers' and Artists' Yearbook. Waterstones would like to thank to A & C Black for their help in putting together The Waterstone's Guide to Getting Published.
The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook has been published annually for over a hundred years and is famous and well-loved for the hope and help it has given to writers for a century. This bestselling guide to markets in all areas of the media is completely revised and updated every year. Each edition is packed with comprehensive articles and advice - often from famous names such as J.K. Rowling, Alexander McCall Smith, Terry Pratchett and Joanna Trollope, to name a few - and extensive resource listings including publishers, TV companies, literary agents, societies and prizes, websites, creative writing courses and more. The Writers' and Artists' Yearbook is the long-established trusted companion for all professionals in the publishing industry and for aspiring and successful writers.