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2012 Writer's Market ninety-first Edition Edition

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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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Product Details

  • Series: Writer's Market
  • Paperback: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; ninety-first Edition edition (September 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599632268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599632261
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #800,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer's Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World's Problems (Press 53). Voted Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere in 2011, Robert speaks around the country on topics related to publishing, poetry, finding and connecting with readers, and more. He can always be contacted at robertleebrewer@gmail.com.

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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.
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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.
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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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Over the years, I have purchased a few of these Writer's Market guides and have even sold a few stories through leads sleuthed in the various sections. My speciality is automobiles and I find that section in this edition is pretty thin. My technique is to walk the magazine aisles at B&N and zero in on publications that I personally find appealing. I then buy a few over a couple of months so I can get the feel for the writing and the voice. IF I think I can contribute, I pitch an idea.

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.
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I buy one of these every three years or so. Buying one a year just isn't worth it, because the changes aren't great. The last edition I purchased before this one was the 2009 Writer's Guide.

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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Having been a full-time freelance business magazine writer for over 30 years, and making a good living at it, I have a vast contact list of magazine editors with whom I stay in touch on a regular basis.
However, I purchase a copy of Writer's Market every year, just in case they have any new listings that might be of interest.
However, I also review the listings for the magazines for which I currently write. In most cases, the names and contact information they have for editors are a year, sometimes two or three years out of date. These people are long gone!!!
They also continue to list magazines that have long since stopped accepting freelance articles.
They also list numerous magazines whose editors virtually never use freelance, but who like to collect names of writers, just in case they ever have a need.
I wrote to the editor of Writers Market about three years ago, and asked them to designate the magazines which are actually open to freelance, and those that just "collect names." They said it was a good idea. However, they never followed up on it.
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