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The Little Black Book

Posted on May 27th, 2014

Have you heard of the Writers & Artists Yearbook? It is practically the first resource I encountered when I started working in publishing. Used by agents, editors, scours, packagers, it is how we all find one another. And therefore, it is an absolutely essential piece of kit for any aspiring writer. It should be thumbed, scoured, marked-up… It is the Little Black Book of Books.

The yearbook has embraced the digital and their website now provides a self-publishing comparison service, amongst other incredibly useful articles and bits of guidance. They have also developed an annual conference: Self-Publishing in the Digital Age, which will be held at The Wellcome Collection in November). It offers writers advice on the entirety of the self-publishing journey, with speakers from all aspects of the industry attending throughout the day.

If you are interested, Smart Quill can get you a discount! £75 rather than £95. Just send an email to, and I will put you in touch with the organisers.