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Michael Legat

Michael Legat 35 years in publishing, Editorial Director at Corgi Books, and Cassell; became full-time writer in 1978; author of 22 books, five novels, 17 non-fiction titles, co-author of 2 horror novels.
Written many magazine articles about writing and contributed to Encarta Encyclopedia

First & last pages | Factsheets

The First Page and the Last Page

WritersServices Factsheet 8 by Michael Legat

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It is essential that the beginning of anything you write should make the reader want to go on reading.

If you are writing fiction, whether it is a short story or a novel, you should begin at or immediately before a moment of crisis.  Read more

Fame & riches | Factsheets

Shall I be Famous? Shall I be Rich?

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Qualities of a writer | Factsheets

The Qualities that Make a Write

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Articles & Non-Fiction | Factsheets

Articles, Non-fiction and the Market

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Techniques for novelists | Factsheets

Useful Techniques for the Writer

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Revising manuscripts | Factsheets


WritersServices Factsheet 14 by Michael Legat

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Professionals revise, amateurs all too often don’t.  Read more

Libel | Factsheets

Libel in the UK Courts

WritersServices Factsheet 15 by Michael Legat

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A writer can be accused of libel only if what is written can be considered to be damaging to the person concerned.

If the libel denigrates the person’s professional work, it will be more damaging.  Read more

Copyright | Factsheets

Copyright in your writing

WritersServices Factsheet 16 by Michael Legat  Read more

Plagiarism | Factsheets

Plagiarism and Permissions

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Children's books | Factsheets

WritersServices Factsheet no 12 by Michael Legat

Writing children's books

Many writers hoping to be published turn to children’s books as an easy option, but find that it is in fact one of the most difficult genres.  Read more

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