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Tuesday
Jan262010

Bubbles in the Domestic Sparkling Wine

Our pending relocation means that I'm concentrating more on writing than teaching at the moment, which means I've become BFF's once again with the Writer's Market.

I heart the Writer's Market, because not only does it provide me with everything I need to know as a freelancer except for how to siphon away the bourbon resting in the cracks of my keyboard, it also gives me an out when people--for some reason--come to me looking for career advice.  I hurl them in the general direction of Writer's Market, because  then I can't possibly screw up.  They suck, its the book's fault.  They succeed?  Hey, look at this great book Mary Beth showed me!

I notice some new entrants in the 2010 version, mostly small literary publications which no one reads, save the writers themselves and the occasional writer's parent who wishes to check in on the current form in which his child is pissing away an $80,000 education.  These magazines have names like "Tweed Goat" and guideline suggestions such as "We are earth and sky.  Are you fire and wind?"

The problem is, sometimes writers assume that all publications, even the larger ones, are like this, necessitating such guideline notes as the following:

"We are not interested in descriptions of your chemically-induced hallucinations."

"Rants against men are not accepted."

"Please do not tell us what to think about God, politics, abortion, or baseball."

"No 'How I Overcame My Disease' stories accepted."

Well, there goes my year.

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Hey MB -

In your opinion, does Writer's Market really change all that much from year to year? I have the 2008 edition, and they are expensive so I'd rather not fork out another wad of cash if the yearly editions actually maintain a decent shelf life (more than just a year or two...)

Also, did I mention I got published? I'm in here: http://www.amazon.com/Norton-Pocket-Book-Writing-Students/dp/0393932303/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1264628607&sr=8-1 (hope this link worked!) This is my very first time in print! And I got $100 to boot. Which went to pay for bills. Oh well.

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Good for you! : ) Actually, I do get the new edition every year because I mark them up so much. I recommend that you just get the e-subscription, which is (supposedly) a constant update. That should address your concern about shelf life.

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMB

Shelf life....hahahaha!! I just realized the pun. It was completely unintentional. I swear!!

January 27, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
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