The Alpha Reads: Writer’s Market 2016

“I only read it for the articles, I swear.”

Every year, I like to take a look at the newest edition of the Writer’s Market. It’s a compilation of literary agents, consumer magazines, trade journals, and contests that gives authors a comprehensive guide to who is out there seeking their work.

Some of the entries have been there for decades, but it’s still a good idea to at least look through the newer editions to see if anything has changed. A¬†magazine looking for submissions in 2014 won’t necessarily be accepting anything in 2016.

In addition to listings, the book offers a Query Letter clinic, which provides back-to-back examples of “Good” and “Bad” query letters for the different markets you may be trying to submit to. For this, I prefer to read the older editions as the “Bad” examples are a bit more entertaining. Since 2010, WM hasn’t updated the current examples.

Articles by published by established authors with some experience to share can be worth the read alone. This year’s edition even offers some insights into helping writers maintain their health during the stressful process of writing to get paid.

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