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Michael Legat

Michael Legat 35 years in publishing, Editorial Director at Corgi Books, and Cassell; became full-time writer in 1978; author of 22 books, five novels, 17 non-fiction titles, co-author of 2 horror novels.
Written many magazine articles about writing and contributed to Encarta Encyclopedia

What Do Publishers Want?

WritersServices Factsheet 1 by Michael Legat

What do Publishers Want?

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Publishers' contracts | Factsheets


WritersServices Factsheet 19 by Michael Legat

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Agreements between an author and a publisher, or a theatre manager or television company, are extremely complex documents, and you will undoubtedly need help in assessing whether the terms are acceptable or not.  Read more

Write About What You Know

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Plotting the Novel | Factsheets

Plotting the Novel

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Literary agents | Factsheets

Literary agents

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Literary Agents

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Literary agents do not normally deal with short stories or articles for newspapers and magazines, unless the author is very well known and therefore able to command large fees for such work.   Read more

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Michael Legat's Factsheets for writers

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Michael Legat was an acknowledged expert on writing and publishing, and the author of many books for writers.  Read more

Writers' research | Factsheets

Writers' research

WritersServices Factsheet 4 by Michael Legat

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Research is an indispensable part of writing for most authors, and for many it is so enjoyable as to be a danger – don’t get so absorbed in research that you forget to write your story, or feature or book.  Read more

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Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar

WritersServices Factsheet 6 by Michael Legat

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Spelling, punctuation and grammar are just as much tools of the writer’s trade as are paper and a pen or typewriter or pc.  Read more

Submissions | Factsheets


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The First Page and the Last Page

WritersServices Factsheet 8 by Michael Legat

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It is essential that the beginning of anything you write should make the reader want to go on reading.

If you are writing fiction, whether it is a short story or a novel, you should begin at or immediately before a moment of crisis.  Read more

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