- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; 3 edition (March 31, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1582976082
- ISBN-13: 978-1582976082
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #620,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The reason I grabbed this book by the wonderful folks at Writer's Market was because it was current. Published in 2010, it gives an updated look at the state of the publishing industry as well as current technology and where these things may be headed in the future. Whether you're trying to publish your novel, sell some articles to magazines, sell a screenplay, or have recently made the jump to full time freelance copy writing and need some advice on how to start your business (and ensure you aren't audited by the IRS), the Guide to Getting Published has you covered. It's a one-stop shop that you can reference throughout a career and at the time of this writing, is completely relevant.
The authors of this book don't try to use big industry slang terms and talk over your head (they do, however, provide a glossary of industry terms in case someone tries to!) and keep their ideas concise. Even the areas that I have no experience in, I gained a better understanding of after reading their designated sections.
This really opened my eyes to the publishing world, and was no-nonsense in regards to how difficult a career it can be, but it was full of encouragement and reassurance as to how rewarding it can be with a little bit of passion, persistence, determination, and talent.
The main information I was looking for from this volume was how to submit a book proposal, and the subsequent manuscripts, but I feel ready to write a killer query letter, and have a better understanding of what editors and literary agents are looking for. The web links in this book are worth the cover price alone. There are a million websites out there with information on publishing, however, these book gives you lists upon lists of the best sites so you can operate efficiently and don't have to waste time sifting through the internet muck.
The Writer's Market Guide to Getting Published comes highly recommended for any writer serious about a career and willing to do whatever it takes to succeed. No one is going to do it for you, but this book will help cheerlead you on your journey.
You can bet that when I do end up selling my next book, Writer's Market will be receiving a huge thank you in the Acknowledgments section!
I found it a bit helpful. Especially, I liked Google links and links that help you find your market.
But some things would work much better if done differently. There are ways to achieve things faster. I don't know why they want you to find yourself in the forest trying to find your way out, not showing you how to get to your destination without wondering around.
(He tells you you can breathe easier if you don't write screenplays! Imagine trying selling one.)
Also, I learned more about press releases and podcasting. I'm not there yet, so everything pretty much was new to me.
Overall this book touches on everything except teaching you the craft of writing. It teaches the business side of writing.
This book is giving you resources depending of what you need to look for. It touches on marketing, on selling your articles, nonfiction, fiction, screenplays, or selling to corporations to do different kinds of writing. It touches on self-publishing. It tells you what to do to build your platform. How to talk to your publicist. It stresses importance of websites, blogs, and podcasts. You get ideas what to do to get your word out about your work. Also it advises how to take care of your finances and gives you tips how to handle taxes. It includes language used contracts, so you know what you're signing. They don't teach you everything, but they will provide you with tips how and where to find information.
You have to remember that this book came out in 2010. For example, this book doesn't include any information on different writing programs you can purchase like Scrivener and the like. Everything evolves.