Evie-McRae-Useful-ResourcesThe Writers’ and Artists’ Year Book
Published by A&C Black
For me this is the industry bible. It’s updated annually and packed with information about the world of publishing, with practical information, references, guidance and advice.

Children’s Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook
Published by A&C Black
This duplicates some of the information of the previous Yearbook, but adds essays and information by well-known children’s writers and publishers.

The Writers’ Handbook
Published by Macmillan
This is similar to the ‘Yearbook’, updated annually and full of useful and fascinating information.

Write to be Published
Nicola Morgan, published by Snowbooks Ltd.
Expert, honest, humorous and
at timesbracing advice on how to make a publisher say ‘Yes’ to your book.

The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to Writer
Betsy Lerner, published by Pan
An accessible and sensitive overview of the process of writing by a renowned editor and agent.

From Pitch to Publication
Carole Blake, published by Pan
The manuscript is complete
this comprehensive book tells the story of the journey to publication

On Writing
Stephen King, published by New English Library
practical, down-to-earth guidance from one of the industry’s most successful writers. It’s packaged similarly to Stephen King’s fiction and short stories, so is often found filed alongside them in bookshops.



If you are serious about a career in writing it may be worth considering entering a few literary competitions. It’s always a useful thing to be able to throw into a pitch to an agent that you are a runner up or winner in this or that prize. It’s an acknowledgement that you’re good at what …