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This title provides more than 3500 publishing opportunities for freelance writers, in addition to a completely updated freelance rate chart.


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This title provides more than 3500 publishing opportunities for freelance writers, in addition to a completely updated freelance rate chart.

30 review for 2013 Writer's Market

  1. 5 out of 5

    Allison Renner

    I read this as three separate books, addressing each chapter on its own. Chapter One: Finding Work. The first chapter of the Writer's Market focuses on finding work, including writing pitches and query letters, where to find reputable outlets, and how to making working for free pay off. Examples or good and bad pitches and queries were included, which were really helpful. I've always been nervous about even the cover letters I've submitted with fiction stories, so it was nice to read what worked I read this as three separate books, addressing each chapter on its own. Chapter One: Finding Work. The first chapter of the Writer's Market focuses on finding work, including writing pitches and query letters, where to find reputable outlets, and how to making working for free pay off. Examples or good and bad pitches and queries were included, which were really helpful. I've always been nervous about even the cover letters I've submitted with fiction stories, so it was nice to read what worked for even more professional tasks and see that I wasn't too far off base. One section dealt with funds for writers that didn't include writing jobs, necessarily, which I found interesting. It focused on grants and how to apply, make sure they fit, and make sure you deliver what's expected. The section on ghostwriting was especially interesting to me, since it's something I've mused about before. After reading that portion and looking back over books I've read to see that ghostwriters are often featured prominently (getting credit for their work), I have to say it's something I'd be interested in doing. Chapter Two: Managing Work. The idea of making writing a business is a daunting one, but this chapter in Writer's Market makes it a little less so. It still made me nervous just to read about all these things I'd need to do as a "real" writer, but it helps to have something to reference. There are charts in this chapter to function as a Submissions Manager (which I started back in 2009) as well as help with filing quarterly self-employed taxes (which I've been doing this year as a freelance designer). There is also a great chart that lists different tasks writers do, such as research, articles, conferences, speaking engagements, etc, and how much to charge for these: there is a high price, a low price, and the average. I haven't yet negotiated payments or contracts, but it makes me feel more confident knowing there's something like this at my fingertips to reference when that time comes. Chapter Three: Promoting Work. The last chapter of the book before the listing section. There are a handful of articles about what social media outlets to use and how to effectively use them, including Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, LinkedIn, and blogging. It seemed a bit daunting since I don't use many of those platforms, but the advice was to the point and included links to many other sites either to help with social media, or that are lesser-known media outlets themselves.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This is a tremendously helpful book, not only for writers, but also for anyone with a small business. Many chapters are specific to writing, but others include useful tips regarding managing self employment. Also, lots of good advice on using the internet and social media for marketing and promotion. Chapters from various working writers, so it is practical, real world guidance.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jasemine Denise

    The book is a great resource no doubt! The only reason I disliked it is because I pictured this book being a tip to how to market yourself as a writer and don't get me wrong it is! Yet, if you're an indie author looking to find a way to really put yourself out there, this book is not for you. This book caters more toward freelancers and people getting paid to write for websites. The back of the book has some great listings for publishing companies, writing awards and literary agents. All in all, The book is a great resource no doubt! The only reason I disliked it is because I pictured this book being a tip to how to market yourself as a writer and don't get me wrong it is! Yet, if you're an indie author looking to find a way to really put yourself out there, this book is not for you. This book caters more toward freelancers and people getting paid to write for websites. The back of the book has some great listings for publishing companies, writing awards and literary agents. All in all, this is not a book for self-published writers looking to learn to market themselves as an author. Still, a great read! Really thick but I still read it in like five days.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sheila Hansberger

    The ultimate book to own if you are an aspiring writer! The first 175 pages are divided into chapters that tell you such things as how to find work, how to construct a query letter, and even advice on self-publishing. The balance of this over 800-page book gives contact information for publishers, agents, magazines, trade journals, etc., and tells you what type of work they are seeking. There's even a section on writing contests and awards. The only downside to this guide is that it is up-to-dat The ultimate book to own if you are an aspiring writer! The first 175 pages are divided into chapters that tell you such things as how to find work, how to construct a query letter, and even advice on self-publishing. The balance of this over 800-page book gives contact information for publishers, agents, magazines, trade journals, etc., and tells you what type of work they are seeking. There's even a section on writing contests and awards. The only downside to this guide is that it is up-to-date only the moment it is published. For current info, you'll have to buy a new edition each year.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Kamp

    If you are a freelance writer and need to subsist from your writing, you definitely need this book. I've been referring to Writer's Market since I (finally) found a copy in Germany in 1997 at the Nuremberg Army Library. At present, though, I'm wondering why it does not cover writer-to-reader direct publishing, aka, KDP to Kindle, Blogger/AdSense, etc.? If you are a freelance writer and need to subsist from your writing, you definitely need this book. I've been referring to Writer's Market since I (finally) found a copy in Germany in 1997 at the Nuremberg Army Library. At present, though, I'm wondering why it does not cover writer-to-reader direct publishing, aka, KDP to Kindle, Blogger/AdSense, etc.?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cary Kostka

    Always a must buy on my list each year. The publishing lists in the book, plus the online content make this a great time saver. Yes, most if not all of this information is on the internet, but why sift through hundreds of pages to find what you want when you can have a good source of information at your fingertips?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Evangelina Allen

    A great source of information for writers, wanting to be published!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Katelyn Bolds

    An essential. No more needs to be said.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Karen Ware

    LOVE this market edition each year!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Littrell

    Invaluable tool for getting your work published. Gives tips as to presentation, along with specific guidelines required by each publication.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    Read most of the essays in the front section. Over all very helpful but really the lists in the back are what you're buying it for. Read most of the essays in the front section. Over all very helpful but really the lists in the back are what you're buying it for.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Pieters

    The last one I read was a handful of years ago. I'm glad to see that every year they strive to make sure the info is helpful, current and relevant. Excellent work team! The last one I read was a handful of years ago. I'm glad to see that every year they strive to make sure the info is helpful, current and relevant. Excellent work team!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Doc Kinne

    Like the Short Story and Novel edition, this is a good reference book and a high-level overview of most markets.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Grammatico

  15. 4 out of 5

    Yolanda Johnson-Bryant

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rodney Kamal Jackson

  17. 5 out of 5

    Literate Libran

  18. 4 out of 5

    Danelle

  19. 4 out of 5

    Dallen

  20. 5 out of 5

    Matt Hendrick

  21. 4 out of 5

    Angie Albright

  22. 5 out of 5

    s.a. michel

  23. 5 out of 5

    David Szondy

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hilary Shew

  25. 4 out of 5

    W. Grey

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lenora

  27. 5 out of 5

    Greta

  28. 4 out of 5

    Scot Fagerland

  29. 4 out of 5

    Seanna

  30. 4 out of 5

    Margie Church

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