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March 2004 - Writers Magazine

News Review

  • There's been a sea change in the way reference material is accessed...
  • The London Book Fair comes of age, a busy fair with visitor figures up 7%.
  • ‘I am utterly astonished. The phrase “beyond my wildest dreams” has now taken on meaning for me.’ Charles Chadwick on being published at 71.  We looks at two older breakthrough writers.
  • World Book Days - what do they offer?


  • 'If publishing is to save itself from being a mere arm of the movie industry, executives must realize that they cannot divine a book's success through money tendered at contract time.' Robert Weil
  • 'The time-honoured device of royalties to an author being expressed as a percentage of different discounts worked well in a different era. It has become a wildly unfair anachronism in our new century.'         The late Giles Gordon
  • 'I’m interested in what it’s like to be a woman, a mother, a friend, a lover, to fear, to hope, to love.’  Rose Tremain
  • ''s the story, stupid. The story has to come first, it's the heart of the thing. Michael Morpurgo, newly-appointed Children's Laureate

Writers' Quotes

‘If I could read a book, I'd definitely read one of yours.'  Paris Hilton, currently selling her own book, to Jackie Collins.

Bob's Journal goes into its 4th volume

'Is it my imagination, or do I recall coming up with a very similar idea myself?' Bob looks back at his invention of Pop Idol in his 2002 Journal

This week


The first in our new series focusing on writers' magazines looks at Writers' ForumBritish writers' magazine which is highly recommended for all writers. It features wide range of news and articles which help writers to improve their work and get published:

Writers' Forum  Column

Check out 'Philosophy according to Ricky Gervais' and why shood Gilian Cros spel like this?


Our March competition offers the Writers' and Artists' Yearbook as a prize