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EDITOR’S LETTER

Something budding writers often seem to overlook – and certainly our non-writing friends and family – is that so much of a writer’s life is spent on supporting work, admin or filing invoices for example, even maintaining a social media presence. But each element plays its part in the life of the working writer, especially one who expects to make any money from it. The examples I mentioned are hopefully self-evident but the one I really want to highlight the importance of seems not to be so obvious. Do your research! You wouldn’t write an article without assembling supporting evidence and ensuring that you understand the topic fully yourself, so why would you expect to submit a book manuscript, article idea or short story without thoroughly investigating the publisher you are sending it to? Or reading its previous publications? We, of course, try to introduce you to as many opportunities as possible in Writers’ News, but you all have different needs and preferences, so we can’t be a substitute for your independent research. Also, guidelines can change, sometimes by the day, so it’s always best to get the insight direct from the horse’s mouth, and we don’t have space to outline full terms and conditions, or rights contracts. And did I mention that you really should read some of a publisher’s output before you even think of submitting to them? Think of it as a network of mutual support. By buying a back issue or backlist book, you are effectively sustaining the company’s existence and adding to the pot a publisher can use to recompense its future contributors, namely, hopefully, you.

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EXCLUSIVE this month, with your Writing Magazine: How to Perfect Your Submission - Tips from a Publisher Publisher, author and consultant Scott Pack offers a definitive guide to the publishing package and everything you need to include to give your manuscript submission its best chance of success. AND In this month's main magazine: Check out the latest competitions and opportunities to get published in this month's Writers' News – there's £48,800 in writing prizes to be won and over 40 opportunities to get published. Author advice • We explore ways of getting your writing to new readers, with details of how to run a memorable author event, and how to approach schools to set up school visits. • Should you be happy with a small boutique agency or hold out for a big hitter? • Will your young editor understand your older characters? • The value of listening to your characters Industry insight • Innovative publisher Clare Christian considers whether publishing needs a new business model. • Womag writers are up in arms at new rights terms from Woman’s Weekly. We explain the controversial new terms and their impact. • Why are author incomes falling? Agent Piers Blofeld calls publishers to account. • Where the weird world’s at – explore the fantasy publishing landscape. Interviews and profiles with authors of all levels, including: • Star interview with gangland crime bestseller Jessie Keane, talking about the no-holds-barred approach that makes her Queen of the Underworld. • Chick-lit bestseller Carole Matthews charts her writing day and recalls how she got her first break in Writing Magazine! • Explore the life and career of the father of modern bestsellers – Mark Twain • Novelist Kerry Fisher explains how she straddles the worlds of feelgood fiction and domestic noir
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