In 1993, Anthony and Paul Tedesco published one of the first 'zines on the Web--the Trincoll Journal
was the other). Now, a mere seven years later, the Tedesco brothers have produced the "first-ever database of pay-and-policy information for more than 200 paying online markets." Whew--we've come a long way, fast. The Tedescos' Online Markets for Writers
is an indispensable resource for anyone wanting to write for the Web, not to mention anyone wondering how to recycle all those yellowing clips. While some of the book's listings are more thorough than others, all include basic contact information, and most describe a given publication's editorial needs. The best listings offer pointers from editors, as well as inside scoop from contributors (it would be nice if there were more of the latter). Duly armed, you'll know what you're up against when you submit to Epicurious
("We have never accepted an unsolicited submission"), Family.com
("It will be a rare exception if we respond at all"), or Business Week Online
("Not worth all the aggravation," says one writer).
Accompanying the listings are hints on writing for the Internet (make it short and personal, and provide links); profiles of Internet writers and editors; a sample Internet writing contract; the contract the National Writers Union would like to see used; and the Tedescos' 10 favorite places to be published online. At book's end, online writers and editors divulge their favorite Web sites--as if we needed more excuses to procrastinate.
The problem with all this burgeoning technology, I hear you thinking, is that so much of it is fleeting. By the time a book like this is released, half the data is obsolete. Perhaps. But the Tedescos are one step ahead of you. They plan to update the book via a free e-mail newsletter. --Jane Steinberg
The Writer's Market
has advised freelancers and would-be authors how and where to hawk their wares for years. As the Internet has become a viable publishing medium, this venerable guide has added tips on writing for and selling to online publications. This year's edition includes a chapter by Anthony Tedesco, who--with his brother--founded Crisp
online magazine. The pair also run their own Web site [http://www.marketsforwriters.com]. Now, with contributions from members of the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the National Writers Union, they offer usable advice on writing and selling material online. They suggest how to adapt writing for online publications and explain how to tailor and target e-mail inquiries. Sample contracts and negotiating guidelines are also included. The heart of this book, though, is its detailed listing of 200 paying online markets that includes pay and policy information for each. Entries are alphabetical, but there is a subject index, and the Tedescos intend to update this information on their Web site. David RouseCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved