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March 13, 2017

Writer's Market / Books for Writers



The one book all writers should know about is…Writer’s Market. I have told many aspiring authors about this book when they ask me how they can get published. It truly is the “most trusted guide to getting published.”



Every year, a new edition comes out. Each book has a comprehensive list of book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, contests and awards, and literary agents. In the beginning, there’s also articles from bestsellers and industry experts on how to develop your author brand and promote your book. The articles’ subjects are different in each edition.

One thing you can always count on is their sample query letters for fiction, nonfiction, and articles. They offer real query letters that worked or didn’t, and they explain what caught their attention or ruined the query for them. I love to see these query letters.


Another book like Writer’s Market is A Guide to Literary Agents that also comes out with an updated annual version. If what you’re looking for is an agent, this is the book for you! The agent section in Writer’s Market is tiny, but you can be sure that A Guide to Literary Agents lists all the agents in every genre. I’ve used this book many times to build my list of agents.



These two books are priceless for writers.

For UK writers, check out Writers' & Artists' Yearbook.



There's also:


Poet's Market

Children's Writers and Illustrator's Market Book
Novel and Short Story Writer's Market


Note: I don't buy these books. I check them out from my local library. ;)




QUESTIONS: Do you use these books? 
Will you be joining the IWSG Book Club? :D


62 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

We already have fifty members in the Goodreads club!

Yolanda Renée said...

Cool idea, the book club!
I used to get those other two books every year. Good information and I did get responses. Great resource!

Chrys Fey said...

Woot! I invited my Goodreads friends. :)

Chrys Fey said...

These two books are staples for writers wanting to publish.

cleemckenzie said...

I'm all signed up. Thanks, Chrys.

Pat Hatt said...

They hold some good info indeed that takes seed.

Arlee Bird said...

I've got several Writer's Market books from past years, but haven't bought this year's copy yet. I never seem to use them so I've been hesitant about getting another. I might wait for next year's edition now.

Book club sounds interesting. I might have to check it out.

Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Back in the day I used the Writer's Market. Getting an agent is more difficult than a publisher so I usually recommend the Agent Guide just for the excellent query letter sample. (Which I wish more writers would perfect before querying.)

Sarah Foster said...

Love the idea of the book club! I joined! :)
I always look through those books but I haven't actually put them to good use yet. Guess I have to finish writing a book first...

Carrie-Anne said...

The book club sounds like a really groovy idea!

I have a much older Guide to Literary Agents, from about 2000. It was a gift from my parents. Those were the days when you had to send snail mail, and most agents didn't have any online presence. Some of the agencies and agents in that book are no longer in business now, so it's kind of a historical document.

Rachel Pattinson said...

Those books sound exactly the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook that we have here in the UK! It's updated every year too - I love it! Love the idea of a IWSG book club :)!

http://rachelpattinson.com/

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I used to always buy those books but haven't for a number or years.

Birgit said...

You always give some great information for writers when they start out or if they have a road block. Great info here

Denise Covey said...

Hey Chrys. I'm still thinking about the book club. Boy. Another commitment. I don't hang around GR much but I know I should. Good books for writers. So many...:-)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Chrys - I'll probably join as I need to learn GoodReads and IWSG ... and generally move myself forward ... thanks for the great post.

Are the two books useful for overseas authors?

Cheers Hilary

The Cynical Sailor said...

Great idea - I've joined up :-)

Chemist Ken said...

I've already signed up. The IWSG just keeps getting better and better.

Chrys Fey said...

Awesome!

Chrys Fey said...

They do indeed.

Chrys Fey said...

I check out the newest copies from my local library. :)

Chrys Fey said...

The Agent Guide is so helpful. I use that one the most, too.

Chrys Fey said...

Yay!!!

Looking through them, and taking notes, is a good start. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks! And the fiction books we'll be reading are of all different genres: classical, historical...you name it.

I have a copy of both guides from 2008. Now I just check the new ones out at my local library if I need them.

Chrys Fey said...

I forgot...I should've mentioned that guidebook for the UK writers. I'll add it to my post now. :)

Chrys Fey said...

It's easier to check them out at the library. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks, Birgit. I try. :)

Chrys Fey said...

But hopefully a small, fun commitment. :)

Chrys Fey said...

That's great, Hilary! I hope you do. I'd love to have you there. :)

For UK writers, try the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook.

Chrys Fey said...

Awesome! Thank you!

Chrys Fey said...

Thank you, ken!

Neurotic Workaholic said...

I haven't used either of those books, but I'm particularly interested in the Writer's Market. There are a lot of literary magazines and agents out there that I'm unfamiliar with, so it'd be good to get more information.

Roland Clarke said...

When I lived in the UK, until October 2016, I used to buy the Writers & Artists Yearbook each year - and it had valuable articles as well as listings. Guess it's time to get the US equivalent niw I'm here. Thanks, Chrys.

Liz A. said...

I need those books... once I have something finished and am looking to sell it. Until then, I'll keep plugging away at the writing thing.

Tyrean Martinson said...

I found the 2017 Writer's Market at the library last December and checked it out immediately. I didn't read it all and I wasn't really ready for it at the time, but I like the fact that the library makes getting some of that information more cost affective. However, they don't have the agent market book - I will have to find that.
Thanks for sharing!

emaginette said...

If I was rich I'd buy both. hehehe

Anna from elements of emaginette

Lidy said...

It's been awhile since I bought either. I'm waiting to have a polished manuscript(s) almost ready before buying the latest edition. But plan to get the 2017 Poet's Market edition soon.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

I've used the Writer's Digest books in the past. They have such great articles, as well as the listing of publishers. I've joined the Good Reads group. Need to get more active there. Sounds like fun.

Crystal Collier said...

If only purchasing those was a guarantee to get published. ;) There are enough online resources to get you there, but it's definitely convenient having them all in one place.

A Beer for the Shower said...

The book club is a very cool idea. I guess that means we need to dust off our old, unused Goodreads and put them to some good use.

We've used Writer's Digest in the past, but now that we've fired our agents and do things ourselves, we only use it as a reference for new writers (and point out which agents to avoid like the plague).

Lux G. said...

Not planning to write a book just yet but I think this is a great read.

nashvillecats2 said...

Great post Chrys alniet late in commenting.

Yvonne.

Chrys Fey said...

That's okay. I'm late in returning comments.

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks, Lux!

Chrys Fey said...

Writer's Market tells you the inf you need to know.

Chrys Fey said...

Yes, keep plugging away. :)

Chrys Fey said...

I love my local libraries! I always check these kinds of books out at the library,

Chrys Fey said...

I don't buy them. I use the library. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

The Poet's Market is also a good one. And the Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market. Oh, and the Novel and Short Story Writer's Market! lol

Chrys Fey said...

Thanks for joining the book club!

Chrys Fey said...

If only. ;)

Chrys Fey said...

Yes, we'd love for the two of you to be a part of our book club. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Having one of these books if you want to publish in the US is helpful, but they also list Canada publishers.

Jenny Baranick said...

The section of query letter that worked and didn't is such a valuable resource.

sage said...

How often will the book club review a book. I try to read a book on writing every year, and not sure I'd want to do more than two a year--there is just too much other things to read. And yes, I have used Writer's Digest.

Natalie Aguirre said...

The IWSG book club sounds like a great idea. And yes, I've used the Writer's Digest books in the past. They also have a Guide to Literary Agents for those in children's publishing that is really helpful.

Romance Reader said...

Sounds like a great way to discuss books!

Chrys Fey said...

I've used those as examples for my own efforts.

Chrys Fey said...

One book every two months, so the first book will start being read on April first. We will begin discussing it on May 17th. The book after that will be for June/July, which will be a fiction book, not about writing. We'll be swapping back and forth between writing books and fiction books (any genre).

Chrys Fey said...

Yes, I added that to the bottom of my post. :)

Chrys Fey said...

Indeed. :)

J.H. Moncrieff said...

I used to use the guide, but now I do my research online. Publishers' Marketplace has been invaluable because it tells you who's actually selling (and buying) books in your genre.

The book club is a stroke of genius! I look forward to seeing how it evolves.

Chrys Fey said...

I mostly do my research online now, too.

Thanks! I hope many members get in on the discussions.