Where writers are in demand
Published: July 30, 2004
|We hear a lot about how hard it is to get published these days. But after attending Book Expo in Chicago this summer, about the time we put this issue to bed, we were encouraged by the thousands of new books coming out. It takes a lot of writers to support such a dazzling array.|
If your goal is to get published, remember that there are publishers looking for material, and you'll find them in this special issue full of advice on how to get your book into print. Our market listings section (page 49) includes 127 publishing houses that will look at unsolicited manuscripts, proposals or queries.
And there's more: To help you determine which house is most likely to consider your particular project, Judith Rosen provides a primer on different types of publishers (page 31). Rosen, a correspondent for Publishers Weekly, has the inside track on the advantages and disadvantages of working with a small, medium, large or mega publishing house.
To help you get an editor's or agent's attention, contributing editor Moira Allen gives you a step-by-step guide to writing a professional nonfiction book proposal (page 34).
Of course, you can't get published if you don't write and pay attention to your craft. Bob Blaisdell reveals that short-story master Anton Chekhov had a lot to say to writers about sitting down and doing the work (page 26). Most of this advice went to his brother. He scolds his errant sibling, prodding him to write, write and write more, pointing out the flaws in his prose. A gentle writing partner he was not. Whatever you think of Chekhov's blunt brand of criticism, the article is an entertaining and instructive read that offers a rare look into the mind of a masterful writer.
--Posted July 30, 2004