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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; Twenty fifth Edition edition (Sept. 21 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599635992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599635996
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3.3 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #297,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Chuck Sambuchino is an editor for Writer's Digest Books and edits the Guide to Literary Agents. He is the author of books such as Formatting and Submitting Your Manuscript, 3rd Edition, and How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa375d060) out of 5 stars 63 reviews
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa30f8e1c) out of 5 stars Kindle version missing ALL the indexes Aug. 27 2012
By TangerineTea - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was so excited to get the Kindle version before the print version, and to be able to easily cut and paste publisher info from the electronic version into an Excel spreadsheet for sending/tracking of my manuscript. Unfortunately, the four indexes (age level, subject, photography, and poetry) were not listed in the table of contents or included at the back of the book. I spent nearly two hours with Kindle support online and the problem was not remedied even after they re-sent the Kindle book and I downloaded it again. They refunded me my money and submitted for a complete audit of the book via their Content Analyst department. I sure hope the print version actually has it....The info I did see was useful, but the main reason I bought the book was to send my manuscript, and I was really counting on the age-level and subject indexes to make the job easier.

Here is the quote from the book: "To help you narrow down the list of possible publishers for your work, we've included several indexes at the back of this book. The Subject Index lists book and magazine publishers according to their fiction and nonfiction needs or interests. The Age-Level Index indicates which age groups publishers cater to. The Photography Index indicates which markets buy photography for children's publications. The Poetry Index lists publishers accepting poetry.
Sambuchino, Chuck (2012-08-24). 2013 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market (Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market) (Kindle Locations 3497-3501). F+W Media, Inc.. Kindle Edition."
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa34f3540) out of 5 stars Useful Indices, Amusing Chapters... Not Really Helpful Otherwise Feb. 1 2013
By booknosh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
2.5 out of 5 stars

Cut to the Chase:
If you're writing (or better yet, have already finished writing) a young adult novel and need a step-by-step guide on how to write a query letter and who to send it to, this is for you. Otherwise, though there are helpful lists and indices detailing agents, most of the information covered in the earlier chapters is readily available online via a variety of blogs on how to publish. For example, chapters covering things like writing a query letter only include a few examples, and most of the examples throughout the book seemed to be geared towards the young adult end of the children's market (despite the title). Further, many of the examples feature up-and-coming as opposed to new authors (e.g. one agent shared a query letter from a woman who had already published several books and had won awards), though the book is clearly marketed towards aspiring and starting writers. I think it was useful for the indices and some of pet peeves agents share, and it was clearly written, but, again, the examples were few and far between; it also doesn't cover self- and/or online publishing, which may be a wasted opportunity.

Greater Detail:
The writing throughout this book was clear and entertaining -- there are beginning chapters where they've interviewed agents and editors about their various pet peeves ( chapter one mistakes that will make you stop reading, etc). Though there is a chapter about the pacing of picture books, most of the interviews and examples deal more with young adult novels (which does make sense, as there is more to say given that they're generally longer books). The chapters are all fairly brief and range from talking about illustrators to the writing process and/or doing research. But... each is so short, and often focused on just interviewing one particular writer, that it was hard to get too much out of the book.

I did find some of the specific turn-offs of agents interesting, and the indices in the back are very helpful (not only does it list agents and publishing houses, it also has spotlights on particular agents and lists what their particular interests are, what genres they're not interested in, etc). The indices make up about 35-40% of the book, so if that's what you're looking for, it's a worthwhile buy.

The book also specifically mentions that they have a policy of not including subsidy or co-op publishing, which may or may not be a missed opportunity considering that's an expanding market. Also telling, though this is the 2013 guide, when I wrote a query letter to one of the featured agents (it's still January of 2013, note), I got an automatic email that she had already left the agency and the publishing world...

Comparisons to Other Books:
I think that this was similar to other Writer's Market guides in that the indices is the most useful thing... if you want more specific advice on writing query letters etc, there are many blogs; you can pretty much Google "how to write a query letter for x" and there are many, many examples that will probably be more specific to your particular needs.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3115648) out of 5 stars Very informative.... But not enough publishers listed Jan. 20 2013
By Edison - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I thought that the interviews with writers and agents were very informative and gave us a good insight of how people in the business think and how to start or and improve your approach to publishing your work.

However I don't think that there was enough information about publishers out there. Several times I was at a store such as Target or Michaels and saw a book where the illustrations were close to my work so I get the name of the publishing company and go home to find it in this book so I can get more information about the company but 4 out of 5 times, that particular publishing company was not listed in the book.

I don't expect every single publishing company to be in this guide but if they are in a major store such as Target or Walmart, then I do expect those companies to be listed.

I think it is a very informative book but I'd like to see less interviews and more publishing companies listed. I would say 25% less interviews and have that amount added in the publishers information section.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa32b215c) out of 5 stars Hasn't really changed in years Feb. 22 2013
By Phillip G. Van Wagoner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A lot of imprints listed that aren't interested in unagented submissions, but this book has not been kept up to date and is therefore not particularly useful. It's better than nothing, but I am not impressed with their ability to keep up to date.

Also, a number of potential agents listed that have their validity questioned all over the web, there are even agents listed that have never made a sale.

Better than nothing. But not nearly as good as it should be.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3061600) out of 5 stars Very informative, but information changes quickly March 26 2013
By Michelle K. Bryan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this book trying to publish my children's book. The overall information is great especially regarding things that I didn't know anything about like query letters. It was so frusturating to go through each publishing compnay only to realize that many that had been accepting submissions no longer were, and vice versa. I worked long and hard and put together my own list that may help other people. Go to childrenbookspublishers dot com Again, a great book, just needs to be constantly updated.


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