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In 1993, Anthony and Paul Tedesco published one of the first 'zines on the Web--the Trincoll Journal (HotWired 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 By the time a book like this is released, half the data is obsolete.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

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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 Rouse
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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; 1st edition (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805062262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805062267
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,826,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 2000
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I found this book to be extremely helpful. I think that Paul and Anthony Tedesco explain all the ins and outs of actually earning a living by writing for online markets in a way that is very easy for even the most inexperienced freelance writer (ie. ME) to understand. I especially appreciated all of the contact information for various online markets that they provide--so many "writer's guide" books stop after explaining HOW TO WRITE for the intended market and don't explain HOW TO FIND the intended market. The legal/contractual information and contacts they include are really valuable too--I could have jumped headlong into this writing arena without knowing my rights and been taken advantage of rather easily... Their conversational, quirky style also makes what might be intimidating to computer-insecure writers seem familiar and accessible, as do their down-to-earth reviews of the online markets. Best of all, they offer FREE market updates in a newsletter!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By David Pascal on July 18, 2000
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Online Markets For Writers is just about the best book on getting online writing assignments I've come across. Listings of hundreds of markets, sites, resources, advice and examples on how to query, contracts, negotiating payments - the works. Maybe the best thing about it is the interviews. The Tedesco brothers decided to go right to the source, online editors and successful working writers, and ask, `How do you do it? How did you break in? What's hot? What are editors looking for?' The result is not just a book listing places to send your submission but a collection of sound solid advice from dozens of people directly involved and making it in the new media.
If there's one thing to fault about the book - apart from the fact that I wish there were more of it! - it's that the writers do so much listening they don't do more writing of their own. Paul and Anthony Tedesco's writing is a perfect example of `wired style': hip, clean, fast, funny, to the point - exactly what most editors seem to be buying. I wouldn't have minded a more expanded edition, just to hearing more from them about their own experiences.
But this is nit-picking. The bottom line is, this book should be on the shelf of every writer who writes or wants to write for an online publication. It gives you hundreds of places to go, tells you what the editors are looking for, and shows you what to do and what not to do in clear quick easy-to-understand language. It's the book to get, period: I did, and believe me, it's worth every cent. Stop reading this review, and go buy it.
David Pascal
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MoxieBee on February 23, 2001
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If only I had purchased this book before I sent out my first query letter! I managed to stumble through the negotiations of my very first contract/assignment, but it would have been much less nerve-wracking if I had read ONLINE MARKETS FOR WRITERS first. The format is excellent: informative and easy to use. It includes a brief history of the Internet with a crash course in "the only HTML you actually need to know", interviews with online editors and writers, how-to tips (electronic queries, net style, contract negotiation, etc) and an online market database packed with essential information.
The writing styles of both the Tedesco brothers, while distinct, are conversational, easy-going and not without humor. It's like getting advice from more experienced friends who are trying to save you some trouble.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Albert DiBartolomeo on March 17, 2001
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This is the best book about online writing that I've come across, and a stand out among the crowded field of books on writing in general. Anthony Tedesco and Paul Tedesco are clearly excellent writers, and it shows. They are also pretty funny. It's not often that humor finds its way into a "how to" book, but I found myself laughing time and again while reading *Online Markets for Writers*.
Along with nuts and bolts market information, the authors provide many author "spotlights," where writers who have experience with online publishing share their views. This is invaluable to freelancers, who much prefer practice to theory.
The bulk of the book is a list of over 200 profiles of online markets, which provide all the information anyone will need and then some.
*Online Markets for Writers* is a superior book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Jo Landers on June 12, 2000
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"Online Markets for Writers" is an essential tool for an experienced or new writer to own. Like it or not the internet is a strong force changing the writing market as we know it today. If you don't become net - savy you will be left behind. Take that all important first step and get this book! The chapters covering electronic rights will be an essential resource for years to come. Anthony and Paul also dispell the myths about web sites being unable to pay writers. Stop giving away your work for "exposure" and start making money. My copy will be dog - eared from over use in short order!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cate T. Corcoran on June 2, 2000
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I've been a full-time freelance writer for five years, and this is the best market guide for writers I've ever seen. It's full of very specific, inside info on pay rates and how to deal with specific publications.
The section on contracts, electronic rights, and negotiating with editors is illuminating and applies to both online publications and print. It teaches writers how to conduct themselves professionally and to ask for better pay and better treatment.
The book is also funny. From the introduction: "I know, I know. The Internet is basically a big hype sandwich."
The short profiles of 25 writers and editors will also give you lots of ideas about how to make a living as a freelance writer.
I hope they write a follow-on book about writing for print.
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