I appreciate Robert Lee Brewer’s level tone throughout the book. And I quote, “While the changes [in the industry] can seem dizzying at times, I’m sure of one thing: There will always be a need for engaging and talented freelance writers.”
I think a level, realistic tone is becoming increasingly hard to come by, but you’ll find it at the heart of the entire 2012 Writer’s Market and especially in Robert’s article “The Uncertainly Brave New World.” (43-46)
Don’t miss Marc Acito’s feature on “Perfect Pitch: Pitches That Never Fail.” Not only do I just enjoy reading anything Marc Acito writes, I felt inspired to be a better pitcher after reading this helpful and lighthearted advice. (pp. 27-33)
I enjoyed the “Build A Platform: Or You’ll Miss The Train” feature by Jeff Yeager. Jeff is so funny and easy to relate to that every writer should really read this article to see how to get those qualities into what you write. He put lots of great storytelling techniques into his article and gave some good advice about platform building, as well. (153-161)
And you simply must read Robert’s interview with Chuck Sambuchino because…well, there is some big, fat news in there, if you have not heard it already. Really, really big news. Go, Chuck! (pp. 195-200)
I’ve already mentioned that I am featured in Kerrie Flanagan’s article on “The Art of Promoting.” Here’s a quote that reflects something I can’t say often enough, “Consistent and constant self-promotion are key to publishing success, regardless of whether you self-publish or traditionally publish…it’s not any one self-promotion technique an author uses, it’s using all of them.” (pp. 169-172)
And now for the scavenger hunt portion of this recommendation. See if you can find a teeny-weeny, computer chip sized photograph of me somewhere in your copy of Writer’s Market. Let me know in the comments if you can find it!
And happy writing for publication, writers!