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  • Paperback: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; Twelfth Edition edition (Sept. 2 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599632276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599632278
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 5.3 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #240,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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This is a great resource book for writers to have. Extremely informative, helpful and easy to navigate.

If you have already written and published an article, it will give you alternative places to try to get it published. Double or triple your money this way.
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82 of 86 people found the following review helpful
WAY less useful Sept. 22 2011
By Robin Surrender - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am extremely dissatisfied as for all practical purposes the 2012 edition is pretty useless. I have worked with WRITER'S MARKET for years, and NOT because of all the how-to articles. Let's face it - most working writers use the Writer's Market as a WORK TOOL: finding proper publishing & other writing opportunities. The most useful sections, for an aspiring BOOK writer, HAVE BEEN the (SEPARATE) "Book Publishers", "Canadian & International Publishers" & "Small Presses" sections, and JUST AS IMPORTANTLY, the "Book Publishers' Subject Index: Fiction & Nonfiction". I say "HAVE BEEN" because this current 2012 edition has: 1. LUMPED ALL PUBLISHERS INTO ONE SECTION - much more awkward to work with - & 2. ELIMINATED the SUBJECT INDICES COMPLETELY!! This makes it impossible to find publishers in any genre or subject without GOING THROUGH THE ENTIRE PUBLISHERS' SECTION ALPHABETICALLY!! Which is obviously VERY impractical! The first page of the BOOK PUBLISHERS section states: "When you have compiled a list of publishers interested in books in your subject area" etc. - They DON'T mention HOW to compile that list WITHOUT the SUBJECT INDEX!
Sad to see such a historically useful tool become of such lesser quality, and for no apparent intelligent or practical reason. Shame on you, Robert Brewer!
39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
This is a great resource... however... Sept. 29 2011
By Aravyndra - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a new writer who is trying to get a book published. I actually have an agent for one book I wrote... however he does not deal with the genre of this new book, so I figured I would try to see if I could get it published on my own.

I've had some really good luck with the publishers I found in this book. 2 of the 3 I've queried so far have asked to see the full manuscript after reading my proposal.

There is one thing I have to say about this book however... if you find a publisher or agent you are interested in... don't query the email they provide. Go straight to google and look them up.

There were a few publishers listed that ended up not being as described. One publisher they have listed as "Pays royalties" and says nothing about them being a pay to play publisher or a self-publishing unit. The website for that company states on it's main page: "We do NOT pay on a royalty basis. Author receives all of the profits or losses after expenses." (In other words, you pay to get your book out there).

So, I do recommend this book, because it gives you a great guide of at least where to look so you are not wasting your time trying to figure it out on your own... but I wouldn't hold it as gospel. If a publisher or literary agent looks interesting to you and seems to deal with your genre of writing, do a little more research before contacting them to make sure they really are right for your project.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Incomplete at best Nov. 26 2011
By Thomas Ribe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have been reading the Writer's Digest Writer's Market for years. It appears that the latest version, Deluxe Edition was contracted out and though it contains some good articles for beginning or mid career writers, the listing section is so incomplete as to be only a minimal starting point for people looking for writing markets.

For example, the "personal computing" section has only ONE magazine listed. Go to any airport news stand and you'll see at least 30 magazines on personal computers, Macintosh and PC alike. Why are they all missing from this book? The Christian section is robust but how many professional writers want to write for evangelical church publications centered in the American south?

Likewise the book has little advice or help with online publishing where so much action is today.

Writer's Digest has for years seemed like a quaint and largely behind the times publication for a certain sub culture of writers. This book furthers that sense with it's vastly incomplete listings of potential publications.

The book does offer a free year membership to the online Writer's Market. I have yet to try that and hope it is more useful than this book.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Epic Fail May 30 2012
By W. Daniel Quillen - Published on Amazon.com
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Terrible.

I have been a fan of the Writer's Market books for many years, but this edition is abysmal at best. Yes, there is a TON of information in it; however, it's like having a Yellow Pages directory that is organized alphabetically, but not by business type. So, to find a plumber, I have to begin with A and read every single entry until I find a plumber. Pity the plumber whose business name begins with Z!

We can only hope Writer's Digest comes to their senses and goes back to their old -- and immensely workable -- format.
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful resource, as always, with a hiccup in shipping Aug. 16 2011
By John Casteele - Published on Amazon.com
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Allow me to begin by stating that Amazon messed up my order; I preordered the deluxe edition but received the standard edition. As this is the place to review the product itself and not Amazon's handling of it, however, my score reflects what the book deserves. (The primary difference between the two editions is a year's subscription to the online service, so this review will focus on what's inside the book itself and not whether it contained this subscription.)

As always, there's a lot of useful information in the book in addition to publisher listings. This time around the articles focus on a variety of topics including marketing through social media; separate articles about Twitter and social networking sites in general help writers to get a better understanding of how to use these social tools to their advantage. Other topics include essentials such as making pitches, sending queries and entering into contracts, plus finding work (using the Internet, even) and self-publishing. A multi-page chart in the front of the book gives high-end, low-end and average rates for a number of different writing and editing jobs as well, with the charts broken up to give readers an idea of how much to charge by the hour, by the project or based on other criteria. The URL for a 60-minute webinar is included as well in the "How to Use Writer's Market" section; the staff of Writer's Digest Books walks viewers through the process of creating their own writing platform.

The listings themselves are easy to read with a lot of information packed into a small space. Publishers, magazines, trade journals, literary agents, newspapers, playwright resources, contest... it's Writer's Market. If you've seen it before then you likely know what to expect. An index in the back makes it easy to look up any publisher by name if you can't find what you're looking for in the book sections.

All told I'm very happy with the product itself, just not happy at all with Amazon's handling of my preorder. Mistakes will happen, but considering that the two books were separate listings (and not just two options on the same listing) I find this mistake and the time I'll have to spend returning the book and getting the exchange or refund processed inexcusable.

EDIT: Would like to update this with Amazon's response to the problem. They offered to refund me the price difference so that I could keep the book I have or offered to let me return it for a full refund. I opted for the partial refund and am relatively satisfied with how quickly Amazon customer service handled my complaint and the fact that they were willing to essentially take my word for it that there was a mistake. While it's still annoying that a mistake on the shipping end of Amazon caused me to get the wrong product, I'm happy with how it was handled by customer service.

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