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Writers' Resources has been developed to help writers get published or to self-publish

We have enlisted the help of a number of distinguished writers and publishing figures to develop our Writers' Resources. Over the years this has become a massive resource base for writers.

Inside Publishing

This 19-part series written by Chris HolifieldManaging director of WritersServices; spent working life in publishing,employed by everything from global corporations to start-ups; track record includes: editorial director of Sphere Books, publishing director of The Bodley Head, publishing director for start-up of upmarket book club, The Softback Preview, editorial director of Britain’s biggest book club group, BCA, and, most recently, deputy MD and publisher of Cassell & Co. She is also currently the Director of the Poetry Book Society; During all of this time aware of problems faced by writers, as publishing changed from idiosyncratic cottage industry, 'occupation for gentlemen', into corporate business of today. Writers encountered increasing difficulty in getting books edited or published. Authors create the books which are the raw material for the whole business. She believes it is time to bring them back to centre stage. gives you the inside picture on publishing. Essential reading for all authors who want to understand what's really going on in publishing.


Michael Legat's Factsheets

A former publisher, novelist and author of 12 books on writing, Michael Legat produced a series of specially commissioned information-packed Factsheets for WritersServices, which cover the essentials for writers.

UK, US and worldwide Literary Agents listings

You can check out these invaluable listings on our site. You can also find the information about agents' associations on one of our links pages.

Writers' Bookshelf

Book Reviews

Our choice of the best books on writing, with enough detail to help you decide whether they'd be useful for you.

The Writing Workshop Notebook by Alan Ziegler

A Creative Writing Handbook: Developing Dramatic Technique, Individual Style and Voice edited by Derek Neale

The Weekend Novelist Redrafts the Novel by Robert J Ray

Writers' Software

How do you find good software for writers and keep up with all the new software which is being launched?

Picture Libraries

How picture libraries work and a list of some of the best ones, with notes on their special areas.

Writers' Magazine adds writers' resources each month

Bob Ritchie's Journal of a Virtually Unpublished Writer files his witty report on the diverse routes he followed towards publication.

Web Links

These web links have been checked by our staff or reported by you. We have added a brief review to help you find the best sites.  Please send your suggestions.

Keyboard skills

Think how much learning to touch-type would speed up your typing and help you avoid errors!  Our new list of free and very cheap software makes it easy to access what's available online.

Reviews of Writers' Magazines

Our specially-commissioned look at writers' magazines, to help you find the right one for you. The latest is on The Self Publishing Magazine.

Health Hazards

Writer's cramp and eye problems plagued writers of previous generations.

As writers spend a lot of time at their computer there are new risks, including RSI and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.These seven articles are designed to advise and help.


Visit our WritersBookstall with over 200 books specifically for writers.  For writers wanting to improve their work, the books are indexed, making it easy to find what you're looking for.

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Advice for writers

This gives you access to many pages of help on getting published. Our latest new pages are Writing for the web and Entering competitions.




Education Resource Centre

If you provide or participate in writers' courses,WritersServices' Education Resource Centre has nearly 80 articles formatted to be used as handouts to give to your classes or for course material. Please help yourself!