- Series: Writer's Market
- Paperback: 922 pages
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; 92 edition (September 2, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599635933
- ISBN-13: 978-1599635934
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 2 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 98 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #985,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Robert Lee Brewer is senior content editor for the Writer's Digest Writing Community. Named the 2010 Poet Laureate of the Blogosphere, he's a published poet and blogs about poetry at Poetic Asides on the WritersDigest.com website. He also has a more general My Name Is Not Bob blog at http://robertleebrewer.blogspot.com. Brewer lives in the Atlanta area and is married to the poet Tammy Foster Brewer, who helps him keep track of their five children.
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Why can't the publishers of this book ever get it right? Would it be so difficult to have a uniform format for each entry with only the basic information writers need? Of course, any individual market would love to have as much publicity as can fit on a page, and WM obliges with column-long blurbs. But this book is essentially a reference book, and who wants to read through miles of tiny print to find essential information? Drop the two-column format, shorten the entries with a word limit, make the content for each market more uniform, and darken the type for market names. And it wouldn't hurt to ask for feedback from writers who actually need to use this book. Conduct a survey or focus group. Just do something.
I grabbed this Kindle version to see if I wanted to spend money on the print version for the next year. I use the section on going rates to judge markets and help me price my work.
I was disappointed in this edition. Despite the massive explosion of electronic writing (online, ebooks, etc.) the pricing guide still refuses to have much to say about those markets, and still puts pricing in terms of "pages," which is completely irrelevant to ebooks and related material. I would like to see more information about ebooks and the ebook market, since the lack of this info puts them at least 3 or 4 years out of date with the fastest growing market in writing. The ebook market offers one of the best ways for writers to market test their work and develop an audience.
A quick passing through the pricing section looks like little has changed since last year's edition. That may or may not reflect the reality of the market, but I will give them the benefit of the doubt - the economy is not in much better shape than it was last year, and magazines in particular are being hit very hard.
I will read more and will probably update this review in the near future. I just wanted to let people know right off the bat that there is still no representation of ebook writing in the rate charts.
So I recommend starting with this book. Then go to a local newsstand to see what other magazines are being published that in your target market.
I've used previous versions of this book for years, and have found the book to be extremely helpful. I expect that the new version will be equally helpful.
It used to be a better, more helpful book...but as a free lance writer, I still have to buy it since it's still the best source for information...wish it was as good as it used to be.