2012 Writer's Market Paperback – Sep 2 2011
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In addition to his work with Writer's Market Deluxe Edition, Robert Lee Brewer is the editor of WritersMarket.com and its biweekly newsletter, Market Update. Robert lives in Eaton, Ohio.
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In a literary culture in which full-time editorial staffs are dwindling and qualified freelancers are becoming harder to find, it would seem that another publisher would take up the banner of quality resources and offer the wealth of information - in a usable interface - that Writer's Digest has opted out of.
Example! I recently completed two stories and I needed references for childrens' books. The contents section under "markets" only separated consumer magazines and trade journals. There are 319 pages undeer consumer magazines for me to review to find childrens' magazines.
The general index lists by magazne by name. So, without knowing the names of childrens' magazines, I have a whale of a lot of searching to do to market my stories.
I'm sure there are other categories I will need in the future for other audiences. The lack of organization in this book will make it very difficult. I only wish the editor had taken the time to catagorize the listings in this book.
For a book that wants to give me advice about how to write well and get published, that encourages me over and over again to check for errors and make sure my copy is perfect, I find it ironic that this copy is far from it...
I have used the book to reach out to a world famous car magazine and have already pitched and sold one story (to be published in late 2011 or early 2012) so the book has paid for itself (or will when I get a check). However, I don't think I'll get too many new leads in my specialty so I'll have to sit and explore new outlets. I am hopeful that I'll find a few (or at least one) and will update this review if I do.
For new writers, this may be a great idea generator but I've been doing this a while and, as I said above, I have other ways to find new magazines.
I'm disappointed with two things about the 2012 version. First, the publisher has removed the guidelines that go across the top of the page -- a feature that has been there for decades. These bold-faced guidelines let you know which section of magazines you were in: Children's, for example, or Regional, or Literary. These guidelines are gone, and this fact makes this book much more difficult to use quickly and efficiently. A major disappointment.
Second, previous editions had darker type. This is a very pale type, almost gray rather than black. (Saving on ink???) I prefer the darker type for easier reading, but I suppose I can get used to this type.
I am glad to have a hard-copy version of this book, but I wish it were a bit more user-friendly.
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