From School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-Even though this is a new edition, too much of the material is dated or in need of editing to make it useful. One chapter from the fifth edition, "Opportunities Online," was eliminated and some of its information incorporated into other sections. This caused renumbering of chapters, which is not consistently reflected in the references found in the text. Short inserts entitled "Author's Tips" are found at the tops of some pages, in the middle of sentences, and almost always interfere with the text's flow. Some do not correlate to the information they interrupt. The first section is about writing, marketing, getting published, and preparing manuscripts, and gives answers to questions that young writers have asked. There is some good advice here but it is buried in excess wording. The second section contains two chapters of brief biographical information on writers who were published when they were young and editors who publish the work of children. Section three contains a list of 48 magazines that publish the work of young writers; 27 of these entries are new. The subscription price listed for Highlights is less than the one found on their Web site. Of the 58 contests for young writers listed, 27 are new. It's unfortunate that this guide is flawed as there is little else written specifically for young writers. Still, kids can look in their favorite magazines and on the Internet for writing opportunities and submission guidelines.
Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL
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Gr. 5-12. The Internet makes it easier for young writers to find an audience for their prose and poetry, but the labyrinthine world of online publishing remains hard to navigate, even for Internet-savvy teens. This book, which supersedes Henderson's Market Guide for Young Writers
, includes listings of magazines, contests, and some of the better online publications for young writer's work, even singling out a few that pay. It also answers common questions on subjects ranging from cover letters to the perils of self-publishing. An updated list of contests and magazines that print the work of children and teens will give leads to budding authors. The book also features profiles of young writers who have succeeded in getting published; a profile of Stephen King is accompanied by a story he wrote as a teenager. Kids wanting to sell book-length manuscripts will still need Writer's Marketplace
, as Young Writer's Guide
doesn't include many book publishers. Nonetheless, it's an important resource for teens angling to be read. John GreenCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved