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2014 Writer's Market 93rd Edition

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ISBN-10: 1599637324
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Product Details

  • Series: Market
  • Paperback: 922 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; 93 edition (August 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599637324
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599637327
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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i've bought several editions of Writer's Market and find this latest version to be very inferior to previous ones. It's not the content to which I refer, but the format, size of font, color of print and overall readability. This volume looks all the way through as though it was desktop published by someone who wasn't very good at the job! The print is so small that even a 20-year-old would need a magnifying glass to read it. The large quantities of light gray print make the task of reading even worse. Doesn't the editor realize that light gray print is difficult to read?

This new edition is a real bummer! I will keep it and try to use it for the content, but I'm very disappointed that the publisher and editor allowed such a compromise of this long-time reference book.
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You can pay a little more and get the online edition, which is recommended if you are doing a lot of e-submissions in volume. If you are an experienced, selling, author, this is the way to go. Otherwise, e-submissions, regardless of volume, rarely work unless you're known.

If you're relatively new and breaking in, 99% of successful submissions happen through agents. This edition of "the" one and only guide has a record number of agent listings, including those who are accepting new manuscripts. Knopf (Random) is particularly nice to first timers, especially in STEM, but they still suggest an agent pre screen. Sambuchino's Literary Agent guide also is a good bet in this regard:
2014 Guide to Literary Agents.

You can also self publish through Infinity press, CreateSpace (Amazon's self pub co.) and a number of others, but try the agent route first and DO NOT get discouraged, even at 20 plus rejections!

The book covers magazines and even scripts, but most of the best "big name" mags require an agent submission (eg. Time or Newsweek). On the other hand, there are MANY "niche" magazines who WILL accept your submission directly, listed in this book, and if it's good, publish articles if you have a specialty. The key is not only to use this fine book, but also read carefully not only the submission guidelines, but a few of the recent successful articles in your target pub to get a feel for what their editors and readers like. For example, I just published an article on natural remedies for pet arthritis in a natural vet magazine.

Very narrow niche, very narrow audience, matching very narrow article.
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There's nothing worse than a book that's not only outdated but is also peppered with bad advice structured in the same disorganized way it has been for the past 2 decades (that I know of).

First off, the outdated information. The book has a listing of books published by Harlequin including Silhouette which hasn't been published as Silhouette since the spring of 2013. Apparently nobody bothered updating that information which makes you wonder how much more information is outdated and obsolete. (Probably quite a bit...or all of it.)

Second, the bad advice: I've been a business consultant and entrepreneur for the last 20 years so it really bothers me when people talk haphazardly about starting an LLC when it's pretty clear that they don't know what they're talking about. Yes, writers should start a corporation and should NOT function as a sole proprietor. (This means you shouldn't be accepting payments from publishers and magazines in your own name but rather in the name of a corporation you own; sole proprietorship is not recommended.) Writers should NOT start an LLC unless they have a business partner, spouse, or other person to add on the LLC. As of about 3 years ago, the IRS will no longer recognize or accept filings for "single-member" LLCs (meaning there is only 1 person or entity that is the member. LLCs are designed for multiple people in a business (i.e. 2 or more people or entities) and not for 1 person. And if you're starting a writing business, why add a spouse or a business partner just to share the proceeds of your hard work when you don't have to? (That's just more red tape if you get a divorce or decide to break up a partnership.
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As a first time writer, I found a few helpful tips in the beginning on query letters. But the book lost all credibility on page 201, with a typo that ran through page 429. Seriously? If Writer's Digest doesn't proofread its own book close enough to see the missing 'B' in every single tab (see BOOK PULISHERS) for over 220 pages, how accurate can it listings and entries be?
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For years I have bought and recommended Writer's Market as a reference to my writer friends. It had everything, including a large section of literary agents. In the 2014 edition, there are only 6 pages of agents, and they urge you to buy their 2014 Guide to Literary Agents. Had I known that, I wouldn't have wasted my money. There is a section of publishers and a few samples and guides, but nothing new. If you are looking for agent representation, this is no longer the go-to book. You can no longer get it all in one reference guide.
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