25 October 2012

online finds: the 2013 writer's market (and more!)

The 2013 Writer's Market, edited by Robert
Lee Brewer; copyright Writer's Digest Books
No matter what stage of the writing life you find yourself in—whether you’re just starting or you’ve been doing this for years, if you’re just getting on your feet or you’re off the ground and ready to launch—there’s one question we all constantly ask ourselves: Where can I find a new crib for this baby?

Thanks to the Writer’s Market series, the search has become a whole lot easier.

The 2013 Writer’s Market, edited by Writer’s Digest’s Robert Lee Brewer (who also happens to be one of the best advocates for poets I know), provides thousands of opportunities for writers to find the perfect home for their writing projects. Opportunities include contests, literary journals, magazines, awards, agents, and more! The front matter is packed with helpful articles from tips on putting together your Query Letter and building your platform to figuring out what to charge for your work and guides to taking advantage of many of the more popular social media sites. Market listings include contact information for publishers and agents (including websites, physical addresses, phone and fax numbers, emails, etc.) and tips direct from the folks you’re trusting your writing to that may prove during the submission process.

The nice thing about the Writer’s Market guide is that it’s built for just about anyone. Listings cross among the various genres to give you as comprehensive a collection of sources and resources as possible. The detailed descriptions of what publishers, editors, and agents are looking for make it a little easier to figure out which people and places might make the best “fit” for what you have to offer.

Of course, as a poet, I would be remiss if I didn’t note that there are also specific Writer’s Market books limited to genre-specific writing. The 2013 Poet’s Market, also edited by Robert Lee Brewer, is an equally invaluable resource just for poets. Beyond traditional journal publications, this guide also includes opportunities in book and chapbook publishing, contests, residencies, and more. Like the other Market books, it also includes an array of editorial content on the business, promotion, and publishing of poetry. In one of the first editorial pieces in the most recent version of Poet’s Market, Nate Pritts notes that while “there’s no infallible, one-size-fits-all roadmap to success in this patchwork vocation [of poetry], there is Poet’s Market ready to provide the kind of navigation that matters.”

This is as true of Poet’s Market as it is for all the genre guides to the tricky task of publishing, promoting, and elsewise getting your writing out there for the world to see. Will there ever be a perfect guide to publishing? Doubtful. Does the Writer’s Market collection get you a little closer? Definitely.

Be sure to check out the Market books for yourself, and see what they have to offer you!


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  1. First, I love that sexy Wordsmith Studio Founding Members Badge! It goes so well with your blog's decor. Thanks as always for your helpful resources as well as your well-deserved shout-outs to Not Bob.

  2. Thanks for this. I'm about to the point where I should be taking bits and pieces of my larger work and marketing it to magazines and websites that publish articles. It's time for Writer's Market!

  3. Writer's Market is the BEST resource for finding places to submit your writing! Now I just need to sit down and write more... Is there a Writer's Market book for that? ;)

  4. Thank you, all, for your comments! I'm, as always, glad to share such a phenomenal resource for writers.

    As for the Writer's Market for actually writing ... There may not be a Market guide, but there's at least a Workout! :)


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