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How I got a publishing deal - An interview with author, Rachel North

firstwriter.com – Friday September 20, 2013

Rachel North recently acquired a publisher using firstwriter.com's database of publishers. We asked her about her writing, and how she found success.

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What went wrong with the Writer's Market and the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook

By J. Paul Dyson
Managing Editor, firstwriter.com

firstwriter.com – Tuesday August 20, 2013

If you're anything like me, you've probably spent years buying books like Writer's Market, and Writers' & Artists' Yearbook. And if you're anything like me, then the reason you did so was to get contact details for literary agents, publishers, and magazines. You were probably vaguely aware, as I was, that there were other things in there – articles you never read, and lists of obscure things you didn't need – but you probably had the impression that they were little extras tucked in around the edges. Maybe 10% of the total. That's what I thought. 

It's only recently that I've come to realise how wrong this is – just how little of these books I actually find of any use. When you start to add up the pages, it makes for some surprising statistics.

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The importance of writers' groups

By Marcella Simmons
Editor/Publisher, Cahaba River Literary Journal

firstwriter.com – Tuesday August 20, 2013

About two weeks ago, I submitted a query letter about my romance novel to an agent found online. Three days after submitting the letter, several emails from this agency were in my Inbox – but it was no literary agent at all. It was a "Print on Demand" company who was trying to get me to pay them $4,500+ to print my book. I emailed the company back, declining their offer and letting them know that my book was submitted to several traditional publishers.

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How I got a publisher - An interview with author, Paul Mercer

firstwriter.com – Wednesday March 20, 2013

Paul Mercer recently acquired a publisher using firstwriter.com's database of publishers. We asked him about his writing, and how he found success.

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How I got a literary agent - An interview with author, Charles Heaton Allen

firstwriter.com – Sunday January 20, 2013

Charles Heaton Allen recently acquired a literary agent using firstwriter.com's database of literary agents. We asked him about his writing, and how he found success.

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Ever wondered how a book gets published?

By Helen Bolton
Assistant Editor, Avon, HarperCollins

firstwriter.com – Friday December 28, 2012

Helen Bolton, editor of the United Kingdom's No.1 bestselling ebook over this Christmas, You Had Me At Hello, offers fwn readers an insight into the publishing process at a major international publisher.

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How I found a publisher - An interview with author, Jack Walker

firstwriter.com – Sunday October 28, 2012

Jack Walker recently acquired a publisher using firstwriter.com's database of publishers. We asked him about his writing, and how he found success.

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Three books, two publishers, one year...

firstwriter.com – Tuesday July 31, 2012

In April 2011, Marion Grace Woolley found her first publisher through firstwriter.com's database of publishers. A year later, she has published three books with two different publishers, both from our listings.

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firstwriter.com subscriber wins Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition

firstwriter.com – Saturday June 30, 2012

Christian Cook, a subscriber to firstwriter.com, has won the prestigious Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition. Run by InterAct Reading Service, an award-winning charity that aims to stimulate the minds of stroke patients through live readings, the competition is held biennially and is open to all UK residents. Christian (37), who lives in Street, Somerset, was presented with his award by Baroness Rendell at a ceremony in London.

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How I got my book published - An interview with author, Stephen Nuttall

firstwriter.com – Wednesday May 30, 2012

Stephen Nuttall recently acquired a publisher using firstwriter.com's database of publishers. We asked him about his writing, and how he found success.

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