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Writer's Guide to Book Editors, Publishers, and Literary Agents, 13th Edition (with CD-ROM): Who They Are! What They Want! And How to Win Them Over! Paperback – July 23, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0761537458 ISBN-10: 0761537457 Edition: 13th

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Product Details

  • Series: Writer's Guide
  • Paperback: 912 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Lifestyles; 13th edition (July 23, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761537457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761537458
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.5 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,718,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Nothing beats Jeff herman's guide."
Jack Canfield, coauthor CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL series

"On the road to becoming a bestselling author, my first step was buying Jeff Herman's Writer's Guide."
Meg Cabot, New York Times bestselling author of The Princess Diaries

"A must-have."
Bookmouth.com

"Writer's Guide has eclipsed both Literary Market Place and Writer's Market as a source of projects for our company."
Michael Snell, Michael Snell Literary Agency

"We've found this book to be the best of its kind. Jeff Herman does his research!"
Writer Beware, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (www.sfwa.org/beware/)

"One of the most thorough, up-to-date references in publishing. An essential tool for serious writers."
Doris Booth, editor in chief, Authorlink.com

"Beats the pants off Writer's Market."
Michael Werner, coauthor, Databases for Business and Using Lotus 1-2-3

From the Inside Flap

The Key to Unlocking Your Writing Success
This ultimate writer's reference connects you to who's who in the publishing industry. Inside, you'll find the names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail and Web addresses for hundreds of top editors and agents, plus essays from industry insiders who reveal the secrets to big-time success.

With the most up-to-date information on an industry that's constantly changing, this new edition offers everything you need to get past the slush piles and into the hands of the real players in the publishing field, including how to write attention-grabbing book proposals and thrive off rejection. Now, you hold the keys to getting published.
This deluxe edition includes a CD-ROM that contains the entire database of agents and publishers, easily searchable in just a few clicks and able to organize the most important information according to your specific needs. In addition, direct links to helpful writer-related Web sites give you immediate access to the people you need to know!
Minimum CD-ROM system requirements:
·PC: Pentium II 200 MHz, 32MB RAM, Windows 98, Netscape 4.x or higher
·Mac: Power PC-based Mac, 32MB RAM + Virual memory, OS 8.1+, Netscape 4.x or IE 4.x or higher

Customer Reviews

2.6 out of 5 stars

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
I'm an editor (prefer to remain anonymous) who found my name as well as the names of my colleagues listed as working for publishing houses we left years ago. (I left my old house in 1998!) Stick to the professional directories or at least always call to confirm staff names.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Bistero on July 31, 2003
Format: Paperback
Sure, the information in this book is current if your potential agent is doing a life term in Sing Sing. But of the five queries I sent out based on the information in this book, two were just unanswered and three came back addressee unknown. Maybe I picked the only five bad addresses in the book, or maybe current it isn't.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
raspberries for the latest cut and paste of Jeff Herman's annual rehash of representatives for starving authors.
People, I've written 12 books, and some of them were sold by agents and some weren't. I literally made 20 times as much money when I dealt with the publisher myself. Get to know your potential publishers as human beings. Treat them like human beings. Write a great book, and you'll succeed.
But an agent (and I'm not talking about Jeff Herman) can use your manuscript as a bargaining chip to get a better deal for another author. You can do the footwork for a groundbreaking book and your agent can sell a competing title by a better known author, blanking you out of all your hard work. And an agent can make an off the cuff comment that ends your career. Believe me, they can, and most don't care if they do. You exist for them to get commissions. That's pretty much an agent's view of you, with very, very rare exceptions.
There is one thing this overpriced and oversized tome is good for. If you find a sarcastic comment about writers listed as a quote from an agent, be very sure not to hire them! But if you just have to read a book as your security blanket, save your money and go with another guide like Rudy Shur's Square One guide for authors. It's vastly better.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Brian Goldstein on July 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
The contempt the author has for writers and the contempt so many of the agents have for writers is the real theme of this book. If you want names and addresses, use the internet. If you want a book that can actually help you get published, read The Square Guide to Publishing Your Non-fiction Book by Rudy Shur.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is the Bible of Writer's Guides to Book Editors, Publishers, and Agents. I've reviewed several other guides and many of them are both good and useful, but this one is different. If you only purchase one writer's guide to publishers this is the one that you will want. It not only provides the publisher's name, address, and phone number, but who should be contacted for each particular type of submission, the type of submissions they are looking for, and examples of items they have published in the past. For agents it includes their address and phone number as well as their educational background, career history, hobbies and other profile information. Thoroughly researched and well documented, it is the best book you can purchase if you are a new writer seeking to get published or an experienced writer seeking to change agents or publishers.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Laura Lee on March 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
...people do get published using market guides like this one. I am a published author of seven books (my last book is in its third printing now) and I have used this book and writer's market to get my queries in front of the right editors for my topic. Writer's Market has more listings, Jeff Herman's has more detail. If you can't afford a $...subscription to Literary Marketplace on line, this and Writer's Market are the books you need. I personally use both because each has its own strengths and weaknesses.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Steven Radford on July 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
and when didn't buy a new edition and I got out from behind my computer and started making cold calls, I got published. I know the pain of writing for so very long with no recognition. All I can say is that maybe this book can make you feel better temporarily, thinking you have some kind of inside track that nobody else has (LOL), but the only way to get published is to make your own inside track. This book won't help you do it.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Outraged on April 5, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book really sucked! Save your money! The I have tried to contact Mr. Herman about some of the problems I have encountered with the contact addresses he provided. He has yet to respond, meanwhile, I have wasted valuable postage for addresses that are incorrect or not in existance. One other note, many of the persons contacted were not accepting new talent, and hadn't been for quite sometime.
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