Recently, I've had the pleasure of announcing the release of each of the new editions of the Market Books series. In this post, we collect them all together and help explain which edition is probably best for your writing project and publishing goals.
Also known as "the big book," Writer's Market has the most listings of paying markets for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. In addition to helpful articles on the business of writing, this book includes listings for literary agencies, book publishers, magazines, and writing contests.
Best for writers of multiple writing genres and/or writers who are seeking to make money with their writing.
The 30th edition of Guide to Literary Agents is the slimmest volume of the Market Books, but it's incredibly popular. That's because it focuses exclusively on helping writers find literary agents for their book projects, whether they write fiction, nonfiction, or both.
Best for writers who are specifically searching for agents for their fiction and/or nonfiction book projects.
The 40th edition of Novel & Short Story Writer's Market includes articles and listings for writers of fiction. It's the go-to guide for writers who craft flash fiction, short stories, novellas, and novels. As such, there are listings for agents who represent novels and short story collections, in addition to fiction-related book publishers, magazines, contests, and more.
Best for writers who are specifically trying to get their fiction published, whether short stories or novels (or somewhere in between).
As the name suggests, Poet's Market is the guide for poets looking to get their poetry published. In addition to articles on the craft and business of poetry, Poet's Market includes poetry-related listings for book and chapbook publishers, literary journals and magazines, poetry contests, and more.
Best for poets looking to get their individual poems and poetry collections, whether book-length or chapbook-length, published.
Last (but definitely not least), the 33rd edition of Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market collects articles and listings specifically to help writers who target young readers with their fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Each age range has its own goals and rules, and Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market is the guide for helping writers get their writing published.
Best for writers who are looking to publish writing targeted at children and young adults, whether that's articles, short stories, poetry, picture books, middle grade readers, or young adult novels.