Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook

My most useful book at the moment is the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook . It’s packed with information that covers everything to do with writing and is a great place to start researching literary agents. There are several chapters which give a great insight into the world of the literary agent. These cover everything from why you should need one, through making a successful submission and on to how to attract their attention. There’s also a list of agents with their contact details and, in most cases, a short description of the types of books they cover which gives you a good starting point on who might be interested in looking at your manuscript.

Submissions require, at the very least, a covering letter, a synopsis and some part of your manuscript, and this can be anything from 10 to 50 pages. You need to follow up from the information in the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook by visiting each literary agents’ website to see their specific submission guidelines and make sure you adhere to them. Fortunately many accept submissions by email which does help to keep the costs down.

I found the synopsis the hardest part to write, most agents only seem to want a one page synopsis and it is quite tricky to get a novel onto one page. I did manage it but only by making it quite unpleasant to read, small font, narrow margins and not much white space so I opted for making it easier to read but it stretching to 1.5 pages instead.

So I have spent the last couple of weeks submitting to agents (and one publisher). It takes a while getting each submission package together and I’m trying to make each one as personal as possible.

I’m a realist so am managing my expectations accordingly but I can’t help hoping that someone out there might like it – however if it’s not to be there is also a great chapter on ‘Dealing with rejection’ in the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook – I told you it covers everything!


Currently reading ‘To Close to Home’ by Linwood Barclay

About Georgia Rose

Georgia Rose is a writer and the author of the romantic and suspenseful Grayson Trilogy books: A Single Step, Before the Dawn and Thicker than Water. A short story, The Joker, based on a favourite character from the series followed and is free to download from Amazon. Her fourth novel, Parallel Lies, a standalone, encompasses crime along with Georgia’s usual blending of genre. Following a long stint working in the law Georgia set up her own business providing administration services for other companies which she does to this day managing to entwine that work along with her writing. Georgia’s background in countryside living, riding, instructing and working with horses has provided the knowledge needed for some of her storylines; the others are a product of her passion for people watching and her overactive imagination! Her busy life is set in a tranquil part of rural Cambridgeshire in the UK where she lives with her much neglected husband and dog. Their son, currently at university, comes and goes and their daughter, having delighted them all for long enough, has eventually moved out, got married, and is discovering the joys of being all grown up and having a mortgage.
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2 Responses to Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook

  1. Katie says:

    Enjoying the blog so far – it is interesting to see the process as it happens. I would say it sounds like you have a very interesting book – looking forward to reading and reviewing. Don’t let any rejections get you down, Harry Potter took more than twenty submissions! Good luck!

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