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8 August 2005
Review of WritersServices in ArtsProfessional magazine

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This is a site that I use a lot in my work with literaturetraining, giving information and advice on professional development to writers and literature professionals. Not surprisingly, we get lots of questions about getting published and this site was set up specifically to help writers prepare for publication. It has a great resource section that includes factsheets by Michael Legat, an expert on writing and publishing; a series of Inside Publishing articles by Chris HolifieldManaging director of WritersServices; spent working life in publishing,employed by everything from global corporations to start-ups; track record includes: editorial director of Sphere Books, publishing director of The Bodley Head, publishing director for start-up of upmarket book club, The Softback Preview, editorial director of Britain’s biggest book club group, BCA, and, most recently, deputy MD and publisher of Cassell & Co. She is also currently the Director of the Poetry Book Society; During all of this time aware of problems faced by writers, as publishing changed from idiosyncratic cottage industry, 'occupation for gentlemen', into corporate business of today. Writers encountered increasing difficulty in getting books edited or published. Authors create the books which are the raw material for the whole business. She believes it is time to bring them back to centre stage.; and the full agents listing from the Writers' and Artists' Yearbook.'

Philippa Johnston
Director of, which provides information and advice on professional development for writers and literature professionals




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