2012 Writer's Market Deluxe Edition Paperback – Sep 2 2011
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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!
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.
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.
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...
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