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Writer's Market
Completely Revised and Updated
Edited by Robert Lee Brewer
Writer's Digest Books, (2007)
Standard Print Edition
ISBN 10: 1-58297-496-9
ISBN 13: 978-1-58297-496-5
Genre: Writing & Publishing

Reviewed by Auggie Moore - July 23, 2007

For 87-years, the Writer's Market has been the Market Bible for writers searching for market listing and submission guidelines. Edited by Robert Lee Brewer, the 2008 Writer's Market has been completely updated and revised and it includes more than 600 new listings. In all, this book contains 3,500 listings - all of which are potential markets for your work!

These listings cover not only fiction, literary, trade, and consumer magazines and newspapers, but also listings for book publishers, literary agents, and writing contests. This new edition also includes Scriptwriting markets! Each entry includes contact information and submission guidelines. Many of the listings also include information on the payment offered, number of manuscripts that are purchased each year, and tips that will increase your chances of having your work purchased by the specific publication. A number of articles, geared toward beginning writers, are included, such as Before Your First Sale, Freelance Newspaper Writing 101, Publishing Poetry: A Reality Check, and a Query Letter Clinic that includes several informative examples of both good and bad query letters. You'll also find several 'Personal Views', which are short essays by writers on writing, as well as articles for established writers. This section includes an edifying piece entitled How Much Should I Charge? that will fascinate freelance writers. Written by Lynn Wasnak, this article includes a handy chart that shows standard rates for a range of writing jobs, such as book jacket copywriting, training film scripts, and medical proofreading. Another handy addition to this section is a list of publishers and their various imprints.

The 2008 Writer's Market is a valuable tool in any writer's toolbox. If you are already familiar with the Writer's Market, you know just how valuable and worthwhile this book is. However, if you are a beginning writer, or new to the Writer's Market, let me just say that there is nothing like relaxing in an easy chair reading through the book, highlighter in hand, highlighting all the potential markets for your current or future projects. As you read or scan through the book, you are bound to discover not only just the 'right' market for your current project, but also hundreds of new markets in which to submit your work. Best of all, most of the listings include information on how much of their material is freelance written, how best to submit material, and how long it usually takes them to reply to a query or submission. This information will help you determine not only where to submit your material, but it will also help prevent you from wasting your time, and money, submitting to markets that are unsuitable for your material.

If you are serious about writing and getting your work published, the 2008 Writer's Market is a must have reference book. Granted, the Writer's Market does not list every market 'out there' and the listings are skewed primarily toward American and English language publications. However it is the most comprehensive resource for market listings that I've ever come across, and it is one of the most accurate. (Although you should still verify mailing information, the editor's name, and other important information as these facts can change without warning.)

If you are serious about getting published, get the 2008 Writer's Market and discover a world of markets that are waiting just for you...


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