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2008 Writer's Market Paperback – July 6, 2007
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However, Writer's Market 2008 is helpful for all writers, because it frames writing not in terms of the creative process - that is left to the writer - but in terms of business and marketing. The book opens with a series of essays and articles that explain how markets are constructed for fiction writers, poets, nonfiction writers, and of course writers of magazine articles. Not all of the opening essays are helpful. A few of them read like stories of how someone stumbled into publishing a book. The rest of the essays are in agreement that you, the writer, have control of your marketability. And so, the message of what it takes to break into a writing market is sometimes confusing.
The book introduces you on how to query and propose book ideas to publishers, editors, and agents: A proposal for a nonfiction book on the history of guitars will likely take more time and be more detailed than a proposal for a fantasy novel. The "good" query samples aren't particularly well written, and the "bad" query samples are truly silly. There is a "How Much Should I Charge?Read more ›
All of the books I bought were basically in the same format, but Writers Market had way more in it. However, if you're just looking for a specific function, like agents, then you might want to buy a book specifically on that, since you'll get more articles and tips on that subject... and you'll probably save some money. Writers Market has helpful articles, but since the book covers so many areas, they might not have enough articles on your topic.
One tip I'll suggest is to ALWAYS go to the publisher or agent's website before submitting, since the info you read in Writer's Market might be old. For example, Writers Market (the 2004 version) said that my publisher didn't do children's books, but if you go to my publisher's site, half of their books are children's books! Publishers and agents often will give you additional instructions on their sites that will help better your chances of not getting rejected by them.
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If you are considering writing for profit, this is the standard in this area. It has tons and tons of helpful articles such as how to submit a query, and how to write a super bio.Published 20 months ago by Susie Hay
However, I'm not a writer. I just wanted to be a writer so buying the book was just part of going through motions. Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by Ren West
This book would not be very viable in 2014, but in it's day, it did provide interesting information. This is an older book.Published on January 2, 2014 by deblake60
Wasn't what I thought it would be at all. More of a reference book than something to read and learn from. I don't recommend it.Published on December 18, 2013 by Marion Stewart
A mainstay of the publishing industry, which is rapidly succumbing to online publishing and the demise of print literature. You write? Buy this book.Published on August 27, 2013 by Keith Halonen
Sadly, despite all of the good information and resources, I didn't get my writing project off to the publishers in 2008. Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by Oo Ming
this is an essential for any writer of any style of writing. it takes the guess work out of where and how to send manuscripts to publishers, and how to match your work to the needs... Read morePublished on February 5, 2010 by Grace Enterprises