- Series: Writer's Market
- Paperback: 1024 pages
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; 91 edition (September 2, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599632268
- ISBN-13: 978-1599632261
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 2 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,029,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2012 Writer's Market 91st Edition
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About the Author
In addition to his work with Writer's Market Deluxe Edition, Robert Lee Brewer is the editor of WritersMarket.com and its biweekly newsletter, Market Update. Robert lives in Eaton, Ohio.
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Top Customer Reviews
I've had some really good luck with the publishers I found in this book. 2 of the 3 I've queried so far have asked to see the full manuscript after reading my proposal.
There is one thing I have to say about this book however... if you find a publisher or agent you are interested in... don't query the email they provide. Go straight to google and look them up.
There were a few publishers listed that ended up not being as described. One publisher they have listed as "Pays royalties" and says nothing about them being a pay to play publisher or a self-publishing unit. The website for that company states on it's main page: "We do NOT pay on a royalty basis. Author receives all of the profits or losses after expenses." (In other words, you pay to get your book out there).
So, I do recommend this book, because it gives you a great guide of at least where to look so you are not wasting your time trying to figure it out on your own... but I wouldn't hold it as gospel. If a publisher or literary agent looks interesting to you and seems to deal with your genre of writing, do a little more research before contacting them to make sure they really are right for your project.
In a literary culture in which full-time editorial staffs are dwindling and qualified freelancers are becoming harder to find, it would seem that another publisher would take up the banner of quality resources and offer the wealth of information - in a usable interface - that Writer's Digest has opted out of.
I'm disappointed with two things about the 2012 version. First, the publisher has removed the guidelines that go across the top of the page -- a feature that has been there for decades. These bold-faced guidelines let you know which section of magazines you were in: Children's, for example, or Regional, or Literary. These guidelines are gone, and this fact makes this book much more difficult to use quickly and efficiently. A major disappointment.
Second, previous editions had darker type. This is a very pale type, almost gray rather than black. (Saving on ink???) I prefer the darker type for easier reading, but I suppose I can get used to this type.
I am glad to have a hard-copy version of this book, but I wish it were a bit more user-friendly.
I have been a fan of the Writer's Market books for many years, but this edition is abysmal at best. Yes, there is a TON of information in it; however, it's like having a Yellow Pages directory that is organized alphabetically, but not by business type. So, to find a plumber, I have to begin with A and read every single entry until I find a plumber. Pity the plumber whose business name begins with Z!
We can only hope Writer's Digest comes to their senses and goes back to their old -- and immensely workable -- format.
I have started using the online database again for the first time in a few years. It's not as good as I remembered. The listings are far from complete, especially for online publications, and the search parameters are less useful and specific than I remember them. I particularly dislike the way you have to search newspapers, magazines, and online publications separately.
Honestly, I think putting market listings into printed books is a waste of paper, but it was cheaper to buy the book than to just buy the online subscription, and I did want the articles, too.