2008 Writer's Market Paperback – Jul 6 2007
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About the Author
Robert Brewer is editor of WriterÂ's Market, WriterÂ's Market Deluxe Edition, and writersmarket.com. HeÂ's also a published writer.
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However, Writer's Market 2008 is helpful for all writers, because it frames writing not in terms of the creative process - that is left to the writer - but in terms of business and marketing. The book opens with a series of essays and articles that explain how markets are constructed for fiction writers, poets, nonfiction writers, and of course writers of magazine articles. Not all of the opening essays are helpful. A few of them read like stories of how someone stumbled into publishing a book. The rest of the essays are in agreement that you, the writer, have control of your marketability. And so, the message of what it takes to break into a writing market is sometimes confusing.
The book introduces you on how to query and propose book ideas to publishers, editors, and agents: A proposal for a nonfiction book on the history of guitars will likely take more time and be more detailed than a proposal for a fantasy novel. The "good" query samples aren't particularly well written, and the "bad" query samples are truly silly. There is a "How Much Should I Charge?" table for a variety of freelancing work, including ghosting writing, copyediting, proofreading, fiction writing, poetry, and so on. I was somewhat annoyed that the table is incomplete; over half of the table is "n/a." And there is a small section on agents, all of whom are currently seeking new and established writers.
Overall, the book is a wealth of contact information - places to send your work, people to contact, and a rough idea of how much money you can make in a certain market. It's a great introduction to the business side of writing and the practicalities of publication.
All of the books I bought were basically in the same format, but Writers Market had way more in it. However, if you're just looking for a specific function, like agents, then you might want to buy a book specifically on that, since you'll get more articles and tips on that subject... and you'll probably save some money. Writers Market has helpful articles, but since the book covers so many areas, they might not have enough articles on your topic.
One tip I'll suggest is to ALWAYS go to the publisher or agent's website before submitting, since the info you read in Writer's Market might be old. For example, Writers Market (the 2004 version) said that my publisher didn't do children's books, but if you go to my publisher's site, half of their books are children's books! Publishers and agents often will give you additional instructions on their sites that will help better your chances of not getting rejected by them.