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awintergirlwanderlustx asked:

Hello! I absolutely love how helpful and encouraging your feed is. I just started college as an English major. I love to write and want to jump into (hopefully) getting myself published. Any advice on the publication process? Thank you very much

Hello there!

Our first go-to piece of advice for budding writers is always this: get an up-to-date copy of the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook. The 2015 edition is out now, and it’s packed full of useful guides to the process; essays on writing and working as a professional author; and directories of agents and publishers who are currently open for submission. We also recommend From Pitch to Publication by Carole Blake.

Further than that, I suggest you look over some of our free guides, which offer a more technical and nuanced view of the business of publishing. New authors need to understand the industry they’re going into, and doing your research ahead of time will prove invaluable. (An SoA membership is even better, but maybe that can wait until a bit later.)

On an uncharacteristically glorious autumn morning, in the imposing Imperial War Museum, Manchester, I joined a cluster of authors, all clutching Books Are My Bag totes and hovering around flasks of strong coffee — perhaps par for the course at 10am on a Saturday, but we were in for a long day, notebooks at the ready. This was my first Authors North Weekender and I was surprised that the bill hadn’t attracted a bigger turn out, but with Books Are My Bag parties happening in bookshops all over the country that afternoon, authors were in high demand.

For the run-down on what happened with booksaremybag this weekend, go read our October blog by author Katherine Clements!

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Protecting your Book

societyofauthors:

(This is an extract from the Society’s FAQs, and applies to UK law)

There is no copyright in an idea, facts, or the bare bones of a plot. However, copyright exists in a work as soon as it is recorded (in writing or otherwise). Click here to view the Society’s Guide to Copyright and Moral Rights.

When sending out a typescript, you should include a copyright line: © [your name] 20** (although copyright is not forfeited if you forget to do so).

Always send your proposal to a specific person by name (not just The Commissioning Editor), with a covering letter making clear that all rights in it are yours, you are showing it to them in confidence, and you would be pleased to discuss terms if they are interested in publishing it.

Always send a copy, not the original. It is quite common for TV producers to refuse to sign Non Disclosure Agreements - their argument being that they see so many of the same ideas in commissioning rounds, and we recommend sending work in to TV companies that have signed up to the Code of Practice for Submission of Programme Proposals.

View all frequently asked questions

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Books Are My Bag sent me a Reading Survival Kit!

booksaremybag:

alicesadventuresinbookland:

Well, remember the #bookshopcrawl? It was run by Books Are My Bag, which is a nationwide campaign to support bookshops - did you know that almost 40% of books are bought in bookshops? But they’re still under threat. To help to combat this, from the 9th to the 12th of October, BAMB parties and events will be going on in bookshops up and down the country - find your local one, join in! Search here for your nearest event.

The lovely people at BAMB contacted me a few weeks ago and asked whether they could send me a box of stuff. You know me, I love stuff. And BAMB stuff is superior stuff. Anyway. So it arrived this week, on Tuesday - I’d been out drinking wine with a pal, and I’d barely been home five minutes before my mum disappeared and came back with an enormous box. I opened it to be assaulted with SO MUCH orange tissue paper. Lots and lots of orange tissue paper, and a box of treasures:

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Look at all that stuff!

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So much orange! We did that. We did it. 

booksaremybag
booksaremybag:

What’s your favourite bookshop? 
Are books your bag? The biggest-ever promotion of books and bookshops is back for round two. Books Are My Bag 2014 launches Thursday 9th October with Big Bookshop Parties on Saturday 11th October.
We’re putting bookshops in the spotlight – celebrating them, visiting them and shouting about them. 
Throughout October we’re asking you to share your favourite bookshop via Twitter with #ThisBookshop 
Let us know what your favourite bookshop is, by tweeting or sharing a photo of you in your favourite bookshop or with your Books Are My Bag tote using #ThisBookshop
Books Are My Bag will also be picking a winner at random to anyone using the hashtag #ThisBookshop giving away a hefty amount of book tokens to spend in your favourite bookshop.
See you on Twitter!

booksaremybag:

What’s your favourite bookshop? 

Are books your bag? The biggest-ever promotion of books and bookshops is back for round two. Books Are My Bag 2014 launches Thursday 9th October with Big Bookshop Parties on Saturday 11th October.

We’re putting bookshops in the spotlight – celebrating them, visiting them and shouting about them. 

Throughout October we’re asking you to share your favourite bookshop via Twitter with #ThisBookshop 

Let us know what your favourite bookshop is, by tweeting or sharing a photo of you in your favourite bookshop or with your Books Are My Bag tote using #ThisBookshop

Books Are My Bag will also be picking a winner at random to anyone using the hashtag #ThisBookshop giving away a hefty amount of book tokens to spend in your favourite bookshop.

See you on Twitter!