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Cultivating Your Craft in a Digital Age—Anatomy of the Writers Market 2011

Published on Monday, December 6, 2010 by
Writer’s Market 2011 is as big a resource to writers as it was before the Internet and I anticipate that it will continue to be so. However like any other large book there is an anatomy to it which the reader/user needs to become familiar with in order to use it effectively.

Writer’s Market always seems to start with the how to’s..how to write the all important query letters for nonfiction books, fiction books, feature articles, magazines etc.This compendium of references for writers also includes a sample of how to format a manuscript. In reviewing this section I found an overview of what could prove to be a good checklist for manuscript submission. For example on page 15 the following points could make a good checklist or guide for what you need to include in your submission package to a publisher:

      • A cover or query letter
      • An overview
      • An outline
      • An author’s information sheet
      • Sample chapters
      • Marketing information
      • Competitive title analysis

The section on Beyond the Basics, Build a Platform or you’ll miss the Train, provides some practical advice and feedback on how to promote yourself.  A platform, for these purposes is the means through which a writer gets exposure.  According to Jeff Yeager, the author for this section, “a platform is the writer’s capacity to help promote and market his own work to potential readers.” These small articles range from social media, to freelancing, editor FAQs, publishers, literary agents, details of copyright, contracts, and even Writing and Selling Your Greeting Card Ideas.

The bulk of the large Writers Market is on publishers information, the cornerstone of this huge book has been to connect writers with book publishers, contests, literary agents, magazine markets, and even a section for playwriters. There is also a glossary tucked in the back with terms essential for writers to know.

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