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WritersServices offers a huge range of free information and help for writers and published authors

WritersServices offers a huge range of free information and help for writers and published authors

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How to improve your writing

How to get published

  • There's a useful new page on Getting your poetry published.
  • Check out our new page on putting together Your submission package.
  • Look through our newly-updated 2010 UK and US literary agency listings, bringing you hundreds of detailed listings of UK, US and international agents
  • Work your way through our tips for Finding an Agent, essential reading for anyone who is looking for one.
  • The Slush-pile - advice from an editor on how to get through it.
  • Consider using our new Submission Critique Service to get your submission package into good shape before you send it out.
  • If you have used our services and the editor reports favourably on your work, we will recommend it to agents we know.
  • Check out our advice on Avoiding Rejection and Submissions.
  • Working with an agent shows you how to get the most out of this key relationship.
  • Try our Problem page to see if we've dealt with your problem.
  • Explore our WritersBookstall to find a book which will give you the answer to your problem.
  • Use our Contract Vetting service to make sure you know what you’re signing.
  • Once you have a publisher, Preparing for Publication guides you through the next steps and tells you what to expect.
  • If you have an old typescript, use our new Scanning service to get it onto your computer so you can prepare it for submission or publication.
  • If your problem is a handwritten manuscript or you can't face re-typing a messy one, our Manuscript typing service can get it into pristine shape.

Keep up to date on books and publishing

How to raise money

  • The business of writing by Joanne PhillipsUK-based freelance writer and ghostwriter. She has had articles published in national writing magazines, and has ghostwritten books on subjects as diverse as hairdressing and keeping chickens. Visit her at helps you deal with tax, national insurance and other business matters connected with being a writer.
  • Sell your book to a publisher (see How to get Published above).
  • Look at the possibility of self-publishing 

Information on everything for the writer

Enjoy some light relief

  • Examine the truly bizarre but authentic Diagram Prize for the Oddest Title of the Year.
  • Follow the triumphs and disasters of an unpublished writer’s life in Bob G Ritchie’s Journal of a Virtually Unpublished Writer
  • Enjoy the silly mistakes publishers have made in turning down writers' work in our Rotten Rejections page.
  • Check out our pages of Writers' quotations

Publish your own book

Wary of new technology?

  • Browse through our Web How-to - a just-expanded and revised section on how your computer works, with introductory pages on the Internet for new surfers, master-classes for the more technically minded and discussion of  issues affecting the web (latest are  Looking after your mouse and Spyware on how cookies can provide advertisers with information and what you can do to stop them).
  • A new series, Quality v Quantity, looks first at the invisible world of the web.
  • A useful section deals with using the web as a research tool.
  • Try not to avoid Health Hazards’ warnings about what the computer can do to you...

Contact other Writers

  • Use our new My Say page to write about something you want to communicate to other writers.

Make your writing available on the web

And much more…