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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; ninety-first Edition edition (Sept. 2 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599632268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599632261
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 5 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #413,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa846aab8) out of 5 stars 84 reviews
82 of 86 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa67156b4) out of 5 stars 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!
68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6715708) out of 5 stars The last one I'll ever buy Nov. 15 2011
By The Professor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
One star may actually be generous in light of what Writer's Market used to be in contrast to the abstruse, nearly unusable thing it has become. I was introduced to Writer's Market in 1975, and have made it a mainstay purchase for more than 30 years of freelance success. Over the past few years, however, the format has changed so drastically and negatively that now I only check out a library copy when I absolutely must, and then struggle through the "sea of gray" until I can somehow find the information I am looking for. No category or subject classifications combined with a weak, name-only index make the "new" Writer's Market a readability nightmare. Obviously there was some kind of change in staff or leadership that created this mess, and now is too myopic to admit or correct it.

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.
39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa68747b0) out of 5 stars This is a great resource... however... Sept. 29 2011
By Love2Shop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.
32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6e09c18) out of 5 stars An unorganized mess Nov. 4 2011
By Scooter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Although this book is filled with good information, it lacks organization.

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.
69 of 80 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6874900) out of 5 stars Mistakes, Typos and Errors! Oh My!! Sept. 11 2011
By Lynda L. Meyers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
While this book holds some of the most helpful practical advice I've ever read, it is simply chock full of errors. Not just typos, but grammatical errors and structure errors - simple things that I've done myself many times, like thought about saying something one way then deciding to restructure part of a sentence but then not going through afterward and changing tenses or verb forms to match - so the error doesn't show up in a spell check but the sentence no longer makes sense or reads correctly. I am reading this book cover to cover and it's as if someone didn't go through and proof the copy before it went to print - it's very frustrating.

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...

Just sayin'....


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