(Originally featured in Arizona City Independent Edition, June 4, 2003)
In the late 1980s, I published a newsletter for writers in the Houston area called Southeast Writer's Voice and, in 1991, the first and only issue of a magazine entitled Our Write Mind. Both publications gave me the means to develop an extensive list of resources for writers.
During my Georgia sojourn in the '90s, this data, and eventually my writing, languished because of my illness, until I moved to Arizona in 2000 and was finally well enough to return to my craft. This time, however, I'm dedicating my time and energy to my own work instead of helping everyone else with their writing.
On the other hand, in revising some of my old articles for this publication, I've updated the database to reflect current resources for writers. This time, I'm including only resources that can be found on the internet, so these all have web addresses, along with the mailing addresses that appear on those web pages. The information is current as of this writing, but everything to do with writers is subject to change.
Some of the best and most comprehensive magazines with articles and market information for writers are:
● Writer's Digest Magazine, 1507 Dana Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45207, www.writersdigest.com;
● The Writer, Kalmbach Publishing Company, 21027 Crossroads Circle, P.O. Box 1612, Waukesha, WI 53187-1612, www.writermag.com;
● Poets & Writers, 72 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012. This is a great magazine, but I've had trouble getting to their web site. Instead, try one of these two resources for subscription information:
You can also try: www.pw.org. No guarantees that it'll work though!
Read them thoroughly at first, until you notice redundancies and conflicts of opinion. You'll quickly become selective about which articles to apply to your work and style.
Many wonderful books on writing are available through book stores and libraries. To build your own writing library on a budget, you could benefit from joining:
● Writer's Digest Book Club, P.O. Box 9274, Central Islip, NY 11722-9274, www.writersdigestbookclub.com.
WDBC offers the best selection of books on writing at reduced prices, with bonus books and sale prices offered regularly. To spend wisely, read reviews and discuss books with other writers before you buy.
The important market references updated annually by Writer's Digest Books and available through WDBC, as well as book stores and libraries, are:
● Writer's Market;
● Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market;
● Guide to Literary Agents;
● Novel & Short Story Writer's Market;
● Poet's Market.
The most up-to-the-minute publishing reference is:
● Publisher's Weekly, P.O. Box 16178, North Hollywood, CA 91615-6178, www.publishersweekly.com.
Review this excellent journal at your library until and unless you can subscribe.
Several other (mostly) annual market directories are excellent for finding literary and small markets for short stories, poetry, and articles. These can be found in many metropolitan and university libraries, and some now online:
● Gale Directory of Publications, Gale Group, 27500 Drake Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48331, www.galegroup.com.
● International Directory of Little Magazines & Small Presses, Dustbooks, P.O. Box 100, Paradise, CA 95967, www.dustbooks.com;
● Literary Market Place and International Literary Market Place, R. R. Bowker, 121 Chanlon Road, New Providence, NJ 07974, www.literarymarketplace.com;
● MLA Directory of Periodicals, Customer Services, Modern Language Association, 26 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10004-1789, http://www.mla.org/bib_periodicals;
● Standard Periodical Directory and National Directory of Magazines, Oxbridge Communications, 150 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011, www.mediafinder.com;
Several national organizations for writers offer excellent resources to members, many through local chapters:
● International Women's Writing Guild, P.O. Box 810, Gracie Station
New York, NY 10028-0082, www.iwwg.org;
● Mystery Writers of America, Inc., 17 East 47th Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10017, www.mysterywriters.org;
● National Federation of State Poetry Societies, (send SASE to:) Sy Swann, 2736 Creekwood Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76123, www.nfsps.com;
● National Writers Association, Inc., 1450 South Havana, Suite 424, Aurora, CO 80012, www.nationalwriters.com;
● National Writers Union, 113 University Place, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10003, www.nwu.org;
● Romance Writers of America, 3707 FM 1960 West, Suite 555, Houston, TX 77068, www.rwanational.org;
● Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Jane Jewell, SFWA Executive Director, SFWA, Inc., P.O. Box 877, Chestertown, MD 21620, www.sfwa.org.
● Science Fiction Poetry Association, 6075 Bellevue Drive, North Olmsted, OH 44070, http://sfpoetry.com/;
● Sisters in Crime (for women who write mysteries), Beth Wasson, Executive Secretary, P.O. Box 442124, Lawrence, KS 66044-8933, www.sistersincrime.org;
● Society of Children's Book Writers, 8271 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048, www.scbwi.org;
Market information in local writers group newsletters can be second-hand and dated, but they often lead members to other resources. Use them, but don't depend on them solely.
If you're interested in attending writers conferences and workshops, you'll find most of those that are held across the country listed in:
● The Guide to Writers Conferences & Workshops and The Writers Conference & Workshop Bulletin, ShawGuides, Inc., P.O. Box 231295, New York, NY 10023, www.writing.shawguides.com.
This excellent guide can also be obtained through the WDBC (see above).
You can find old or out-of-print books through:
A number of other organizations worldwide are active in the musty-book biz, but Amazon.com does business with all the important ones. Still, you can find those that specialize in your favorite type of literature by looking up "out-of-print books" through any good computer search engine.
I hope many of these references will help you write and sell your work, and spur you on when you get bogged down. Always remember that virtually an unlimited number of other resources exist to complement and support those listed here, but these are the basics and/or the best.
If you do find another gem as good as some of these, please pass it along to me through the editor (the "boss," as he is affectionately known) of this paper. I'll be happy to share the information with everyone in a future article.