Writer’s Market is one book I believe to be invaluable for any freelance writer. This annually updated resource provides much more than publisher listings. The entire first section is devoted to helping you understand what it takes to prepare and sell your work in the freelance marketplace. You will learn about formatting, writing query letters and different media markets. This glimpse of the publishing world will help you determine what to write and how to write it.
Familiarity with the business side of writing is important. Writer’s Market provides instructional tools on how and where to submit your work, as well as a price sheet to help you determine how much you want to charge for your manuscript. The main portion of the book contains an organized list of book publishers, magazine publishers and writing contests – places you might consider when preparing your manuscript or poem.
Each listing provides important information that will help you make an educated decision including: contact information, pay scale, tips for submission and background information on the publisher. You can literally compare competitors through Writer’s Market, placing them side by side and weighing the pros and cons of submitting to them. If you don’t have a current copy of Writer’s Market, you should purchase one as soon as possible. This is one resource no freelance writer should ever be without!