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Writer's Market 2020: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published (2020) Paperback – November 5, 2019
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- Publisher : Writer's Digest Books; ninety-ninth edition (November 5, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 896 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1440301220
- ISBN-13 : 978-1440301223
- Item Weight : 2.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 7 x 1.6 x 9.1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #29,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1. BLOGGING BASICS article by Robert Lee Brewer, page 65. Good advice in the article, but the Blog he references (his own blog) hasn't been published to in almost 2.5 years (Sept 2017). An old article run in WM for 3 years?
2. Page 412, ORGANIC LIFE magazine, went out of print in 2014 or 15 but is still listed. Website given doesn't exist.
3. Page 411, AMERICAN FITNESS. Wrong website listed, but when you track down the correct one, current issues of the magazine are available online and list different editorial staff than are listed in WM, which Editor (MJ) isn't even in the masthead for the current mag.
4. Page 683, HUMAN RESOURCE EXECUTIVE. Again, website given, hronline dot com doesn't exist. When you track down what website/magazine this could be referencing, you see the editorial staff (and website) are way out of data in this book.
5. Page 412, IMPACT MAGAZINE. Editor in Chf doesn't work at mag anymore, isn't listed on its current masthead which is readily available on Impact's site. Email address is assigned to a different magazine staffer.
Sure, there are disclaimers given about how the book was current at time of publication and that it relies on 3rd parties, etc., but since above are 80% of the entires I looked at out of interest/applicability today, I'd guess the book has gone a bit of out of use for mags and publishers — it was probably once a big deal to make sure your info in the book was correct and up to date, but it looks to me like that time is no more, and that the book staff haven't verified it in some time.
So... don't be one of the 'up-to-date' freelancers querying and pitching editors who don't even work somewhere anymore.
The General Index is not an alphabetical listing of all the magazines, book publishes, etc. In fact, when I chanced upon Town & Country and Glamour in browsing through the pages, I found neither in the General Index. Good Housekeeping and Travel & Leisure were nowhere to be found. (At least, I couldn't find them.) And when I compared issues, I found the General Index here in smaller type, less spacing between listings.)
This has been a valuable resource for writers for years and years and years. And ii is a crying shame someone decided to change the format, undoubtedly to "make it better." But make it virtually useless as a reference.
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