Bloomsbury-owned A & C Black is relaunching their Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook website ( this week, to enhance the user experience and drive engagement among the journalists, writers and artists who rely on the Yearbook as a resource.

The revamped website has been designed by leading digital agency Lateral, part of Tangent Communications plc (

A key part of the redesign is the creation of a social networking service on the website that offers the opportunity for writers and artists to create a public profile that will enable them to promote themselves to and be contacted by interested parties using the site.

The Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook website will also be encouraging data collection among its users by offering free searches of the Yearbook listings to those happy to provide their contact details. This will enable the Yearbook, A & C Black and Bloomsbury to engage them with relevant information and offers.

Furthermore, the website has increased the amount of content available, adding articles from the Yearbook, regular blog posts from the Yearbook’s team of experts – including author and artist guest bloggers - and top tips for all users on how to deal with rejection letters, and find a literary agent, for example.

Jill Coleman, Managing Director at A & C Black, said, “We believe the re-vamped website, particularly with the creation of the social network, will drive visits, engagement and enhance user experience on the site.”

Simon Appleby, Account Director at Lateral, said, “Having a social networking service is a great way for the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook to take engagement to a new level on their website. Combined with improvements to the content and the opportunity to receive highly targeted offers, all users should find the website a very important resource they will want to visit time again.”


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About Lateral

Established in 1997, Lateral is one of the UK’s first digital agencies.

Lateral was acquired by Tangent Communications plc in 2009. This acquisition enables the agency, through Tangent’s various divisions, to deliver a full service digital, direct marketing and print offering to their clients.

Lateral’s clients include: the RSPCA, Hachette UK, Which?, Firetrap, Faber & Faber, National Accident Helpline and Chorion.

About Tangent
Tangent Communications plc (AIM: TNG) combines technical, creative and marketing expertise to deliver increased revenue, accountability and cost efficiency for clients across web, email, mobile and print.

The group operates across five divisions: Tangent One offers e-commerce and online communications strategy; Lateral offers award-winning online creative, Tangent Direct offers a full range of direct and local marketing solutions; Tangent Labs provides leading edge technical and software development; and T/OD offers bespoke on demand digital print solutions.

Published on: 3:44PM on 6th August 2009