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Michael Legat books


Michael Legat's non-fiction books about writing

Michael Legat, who died in 2011, was well-known in publishing and writing circles, having spent 35 years in publishing, mostly as Editorial Director at the paperback company, Corgi Books, and the hardcover house, Cassell. He became a full-time writer in 1978.  He was also the author of 22 books, including five novels (family sagas, each with a different industrial background), reissued by House of Stratus, 17 non-fiction titles, including 12 books for writers, and co-author of 2 horror novels. He wrote many magazine articles about writing and contributed to the Encarta EncyclopediaFree online encyclopedia offered by eLibrary at

His books draw on his own wide experience as a publisher, writer and creative writing teacher to offer invaluable advice, which is clear, practical and above all gives the reader the helping hand they need to work at improving their own writing.

His two best-known books are An Author’s Guide to Publishing and Writing for Pleasure and Profit, which are excellent introductions to writing.

Other titles offer assistance with more specific subjects:

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