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Learn how to navigate your pathway as a writer with the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook.

Allah gifts each of us with talents and skills, creative flow, and inspiration. However, it is our responsibility to ground these potentials and cut paths with our beginnings in the physical world. Is it enough to hold a gift, or creative talent, if our writing never finds a way out into the world?

It is wise to seek help, wisdom, and guidance as early on as possible and to avoid proceeding ahead blindly. I have found that attending a writing course encouraged my gift and shaped my editing before I launched my writing out into the world.

writers and artists yearbook 2015 COVERI also highly recommend The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook as the best definitive collation of contacts that lights the way to sharing your work.

The large tome contains advice from many highly respected and successful authors, including William Boyd, Terry Pratchett, and J.K.Rowling. Every author that we may aspire to emulate had to start somewhere, following their initial inspiration and reams of writing.

How does Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook help you launch your writing from the desk out into the wide world? Let’s take a look.…

Firstly, the guide is divided up into the various areas of writing, commencing with newspapers, magazines, books, and poetry through to television, film, radio, theatre, art, and illustration. Secondly, you can find out about literary agents, societies, prizes, festivals, digital, and self-publishing resources for writers, copyright and libel, and finish with finance for writers and artists. With so much to learn, whichever area you focus on, the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook can save you many hours of research. You can use the guide to ensure you are clearly focussed and enabled to follow your dreams in an orderly manner.

Its advice is shared concisely and openly, and is full of wisdom from writers with years of experience. I have read much advice for potential authors in the past, but found Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook arrives at the points quickly and succinctly. You almost feel that you were there, too, gaining the experience directly! As the name implies, the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook is updated yearly with any new and amended contact details and new gems. For 2015,  you can discover articles on creative writing courses, writing your first novel, woman’s fiction, changing voices, comic writing, submitting your TV, film, or radio script, and getting hooked out of the slush pile.

There is more guidance for writers in the 2015 edition than previously, making this a great year to purchase if you are beginning your career as a writer.

The information on literary agents and the writers’ resources are particularly useful. In the latter, you can find everything from proof reading symbols to writers’ retreats and courses. From ISBN numbers to copyrights, all essential information for writers is covered.

Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook is published by Bloomsbury and priced at £19.99. Also available is Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook. The yearbook is available in paperback or kindle formats. The kindle version is great for following links on the internet, whilst the paperback is great to read quietly whilst absorbing the immense wealth of information.

{And with Him are the keys of the unseen; none knows them except Him. And He knows what is on the land and in the sea. Not a leaf falls but that He knows it. And no grain is there within the darknesses of the earth and no moist or dry [thing] but that it is [written] in a clear record.}

The Qur’an, Surah An-’An’aam (the cattle) 6:59

Sarah Rehmatullah writes for health publications, including Get Fresh Magazine, Yoga Magazine and SISTERS Magazine. Sarah reverted to Islam in 2013 and lives with her husband, a born Muslim, in England. Sarah and her husband are writing a cookery book, sharing their passion for delicious Asian Cuisine.

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