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Dealing with literary agentsSign inJoin
Handling the trolls (article first published in The Author, Spring 2018)Download
Magazine submissions code of practiceDownload
Negotiating payments for translationsDownload
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Speaking at events: engaging freelancers (terms for commissioners)

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HW Fisher’s tax guide for authors and journalistsDownload