I recently purchased the 91st Annual 2012 Writer's Market book published by Writer's Digest. As in past years, the book is huge and filled with potential resources to help new and seasoned writers to get their work published and to generate income.
There are sections of listings for literary agents, book publishers, consumer magazines, trade magazines, newspapers, screen writing, play writing, greeting cards and contests and awards. Each section is prefaced with a page of tips on getting published in that particular market. One of the best examples is in the greeting cards section which offers a paragraph on "Freelance Realities" stating that most greeting card writers are staff writers.
I've shelled out the cash for many of the Writer's Market books in the two decades I've been freelance writing. Most years the book has been highly useful and I've gotten my return on investment. This year however with the current economic disaster we have going on and with really no relief on the immediate horizon, the book has been sitting on my bookshelf.
Having earmarked the pages of interest with yellow postit notes, the magazines listed on those pages have either disappeared or are just not interested in freelancers this year. While the book may not be helping on the income side of my freelance accounting ledger, I still recommend this year's guide to freelancers just for the market information it does provide.
Any successful artist or writer will tell you that you need to keep up with the business side of your art or your dream life will become a hobby versus a journey. One example is the letter from the editor, Robert Lee Brewer. He writes, "There are few industries that have changed as dramatically as the publishing industry in the 21st century. For one thing, many publishing companies have re-branded themselves as media companies. For another thing, e-books are starting to sell more than printed books from majro online retailers."
Information on the changing world of writing, publishing and reading is as vital as the listings of potential work resources. Writer's Digest and the Writer's Market books have kept up with all of the changes and ways to adapt. It's worth the money.