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2013 Writer's Market Paperback – September 2, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1599635934 ISBN-10: 1599635933 Edition: ninety-second Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Writer's Market
  • Paperback: 922 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; ninety-second Edition edition (September 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599635933
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599635934
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert Lee Brewer is senior content editor for the Writer's Digest Writing Community. Named the 2010 Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere, he's a published poet and blogs about poetry at Poetic Asides on the WritersDigest.com website. He also has a more general My Name Is Not Bob blog at http://robertleebrewer.blogspot.com. Brewer lives in the Atlanta area and is married to the poet Tammy Foster Brewer, who helps him keep track of their five children.


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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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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Janet C. on November 13, 2012
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The 2013 version of the Writer's Market is one of the worst ever published. From format to content, this version is a disappointment. Let's start with the type. The new version uses two-column pages, needing an extremely small font to fit all the text. The titles of the publishers and magazines are in light gray type, making it difficult to see where one market ends and another begins. The organization of the content is ridiculous. A writer consults this book for specific information, which should be easily accessible. Instead, for some reason, the publishers decided that the more information they could fit in a column, the better. One has to read through lines and lines of "filler" to get at the important info. Some of the markets have an entire column of description--which could easily have been reduced without any loss of significant information.

Why can't the publishers of this book ever get it right? Would it be so difficult to have a uniform format for each entry with only the basic information writers need? Of course, any individual market would love to have as much publicity as can fit on a page, and WM obliges with column-long blurbs. But this book is essentially a reference book, and who wants to read through miles of tiny print to find essential information? Drop the two-column format, shorten the entries with a word limit, make the content for each market more uniform, and darken the type for market names. And it wouldn't hurt to ask for feedback from writers who actually need to use this book. Conduct a survey or focus group. Just do something.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte K. Lowrie on September 12, 2012
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I bought the Kindle edition of this book, and appreciate the insight it gives me into different markets. However, I found that the coverage of some markets is very thin. For example, the Consumer Magazines/Photography section of the book lists only two photography magazines, and only one of the publications listed is considered mainstream. There are dozens of photography magazines that are not listed including such mainstays as Popular Photography, American Photo, and Shutterbug to name just three.

So I recommend starting with this book. Then go to a local newsstand to see what other magazines are being published that in your target market.

I've used previous versions of this book for years, and have found the book to be extremely helpful. I expect that the new version will be equally helpful.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Marion E. Gold on September 4, 2012
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One of the most popular sections of the Writer's Market for independent writers is "How Much Should I Charge?" But the 2013 edition has an error under the following section:
Advertising & Public Relations - Press kits

Under the "Other" portion of the table," the prices are, respectively:
High $850/60sec
Low $120/60sec
Avg $456/60sec

It looks like the information was picked up from the costs several lines down for Radio commercials!

Everyone who purchased this book should get a revised section from the publishers! And I'm contacting Amazon.com to arrange for a return.

PS/One of the problems when data is missing, or incorrect, you wonder what else might be missing or in error. Upon returning the 2013 edition, I reordered an older edition from Amazon - which is complete.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Holly English on December 1, 2012
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I preferred the format of the Writer's Market a few years ago, it was easier to read and easier to find what you needed. There were less markets listed in this edition and the format was more difficult to read, things seemed "jammed" together.
It used to be a better, more helpful book...but as a free lance writer, I still have to buy it since it's still the best source for information...wish it was as good as it used to be.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Morgan D. Rosenberg on March 6, 2013
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There's no subject matter index. You just get a big alphabetical listing of publishers, but with no way to sort through them. Without being able to look up which publishers publish in your particular field, this is nothing but a $30 doorstop. Waste of money and something the publisher could so easily correct.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jon Norris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 16, 2012
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I used to love getting the Writer's Market every year. In the early days of my writing, it was helpful and even sometimes inspirational.

I grabbed this Kindle version to see if I wanted to spend money on the print version for the next year. I use the section on going rates to judge markets and help me price my work.

I was disappointed in this edition. Despite the massive explosion of electronic writing (online, ebooks, etc.) the pricing guide still refuses to have much to say about those markets, and still puts pricing in terms of "pages," which is completely irrelevant to ebooks and related material. I would like to see more information about ebooks and the ebook market, since the lack of this info puts them at least 3 or 4 years out of date with the fastest growing market in writing. The ebook market offers one of the best ways for writers to market test their work and develop an audience.

A quick passing through the pricing section looks like little has changed since last year's edition. That may or may not reflect the reality of the market, but I will give them the benefit of the doubt - the economy is not in much better shape than it was last year, and magazines in particular are being hit very hard.

I will read more and will probably update this review in the near future. I just wanted to let people know right off the bat that there is still no representation of ebook writing in the rate charts.
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