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Essential Resources for Writers

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Article by James Helliwell © 26 August 2015 .
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I am a marketing writer; or I used to be. With thousands of blogs, press releases and eBooks in my portfolio I felt it was time for a change. My dream has always been to write fiction; to make use of my imagination a bit more. The problem is you need to make money, and there is so much uncertainty in the publishing process. Here are some resources I’ve found really useful in navigating the complicated world of publishing:

Agent Hunter

Created by Harry Bingham, the best-selling crime novelist Agent Hunter is a comprehensive literary agent database covering a wide selection of literary agents and publishers in the UK. Since inception, they have helped a large number of writers secure quality representation and book deals.

Agent Hunter also runs its own Festival of Writing in York, where writers can meet agents and editors, directly pitching their work to them. During the festival, writers get feedback on their manuscripts. All literary agents that attend the event are on the lookout for new clients, increasing the odds of success for participating writers.

The Irish Writers’ Union

The Irish Writers Union is a body that offers guidance to members when it comes to writing contracts. They also offer assistance whenever disputes arise at any time during the contract. It is the watchdog for both payments and royalties for all writers under its wings therefore membership is advisable for all writers looking to make sure they get the best possible writing contracts.

Both established authors and budding writers are allowed to be members. Published authors are accorded full membership at the cost of is €50 a year while budding writers are designated as associate members at the cost of €30 a year. The membership runs from 1st of January to 31st of December every year.

Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook

Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook (W&A) was founded over 100 years ago. It has since grown to become a comprehensive resource for writers. Writers get free advice, share and receive feedback from other writers and take part in events organised by the agency. The events are a great place for writers to get their scripts noticed. With their capacity, W&A can help writers to find the right professional needed to take any work to its next stage of evolution. They accept all kinds of work ranging from fiction to TV and radio scripts.

The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLI)

The ALLI is a non-profit professional association for author-publishers. The association has global presence as its tentacles are spread across eight different publishing territories. These include US, Africa, UK, South America, India, Europe, Canada and Australasia.

They are a complete solution for writers, as they offer collaboration, connection, advice, education, advocacy and representation to all writers looking for high value self-publishing.

The organisation has four membership levels, ranging through associate to professional membership and partner membership. Associate membership is for authors planning to self-publish, professional membership for people already earning a living as an author publisher while the partner membership is for service providers. The partner members are all vetted and approved ensuring credibility.

These are some really useful organisations and resources – I hope you find them useful too!


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