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Writer's Market 2016: A Freelance Writer's Best Resource for Places to Submit Writing

Updated on January 6, 2016

Writer's Market is the Bible for writers, particularly freelance writers. A 1,000+ page tome, it comes out once a year with thousands of listings for book publishers, consumer magazines, trade journals, and literary agents, and limited listings for newspapers, screenwriting, playwriting, greeting cards, and contests/awards. In addition to the listings, this anthology includes informational articles on freelance writing, professional writers' views on writing, a list of professional writing organizations, and a glossary of freelancing terms.

The newest version is the 2016 Writer's Market, the 95th annual edition. Each year it is updated to reflect the most current (as of the book's publication date, of course) information on the magazines, publishing houses, etc.

To give you an idea of the types of articles included, here is a list of the informational articles and writers' essays that are included in Writer's Market 2014:

  • Before Your First Sale
  • Query Letter Clinic
  • Perfect Pitch: Pitches that Never Fail, by Mark Acito
  • Landing the Six-Figure Deal, by SJ Hodges
  • How to Find Success in the Magazine World, by Kerrie Flanagan
  • Earn a Full-Time Income from Blogging, by Carol Tice
  • Finding Freelance Opportunities Online, by Carol Tice
  • Reprints and Reslants, by Sue Bradford Edwards
  • Funds for Writers 101, by C. Hope Clark
  • Ghost Writing 101, by Eva Shaw
  • Self Publishing Checklist
  • The Writing Entrepreneur, by J.M. Lacey
  • Contracts 101, by Cindy Ferraino
  • Recordkeeping 101, by Joanne E. McFadden
  • Making the Most of the Money You Earn, by Sage Cohen
  • Repurposing Writing for Platform and Profit, by Sage Cohen
  • Should Your Business be an LLC?, by Carol Topp, CPA
  • How Much Should I Charge?, by Lynn Wasnak
  • several articles under the heading Promoting Work, such as Balancing Your Writing and Your Platform, How to Launch an Author Website, How to Get Social, How to Improve Your Presentation Skills, and The Art of Promoting

Of course, Writer's Market is not the only resource for freelance writers. There are plenty of great freelance writing websites out there, and most specific publications have lots of information online or in their magazine that will help you land an article with them.

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Writer's Market key 2010
Writer's Market key 2010

The Anatomy of a Magazine Listing

Here is a brief guide on how to dissect and understand individual listings in Writer's Market.

I'll use the listing below as a sample to help explain what each element means.

NATURE, CONSERVATION, AND ECOLOGY: This is the category for the subsequent listings. As you can see, this particular category is for magazines with an environmental focus.

$$$ AMERICAN FORESTS: This is the heading, which includes the initial icon and title. There is an explanation at the beginning of the book of all the icons, of which I have included a picture above. This particular icon ($$$) indicates that this magazine pays pretty well, the third highest out of four according to the Writer's Market pay scale. The words "American Forests" are, of course, the title of the magazine.

Address, email address, website, Contact : This is self-explanatory, I'm sure, but just in case: this is contact info for the magazine. The email address is for the contact person listed. The name listed after "Contact" is the editor that deals with queries and submissions, the name that you should address any letters or emails to.

75% freelance written: Every listing gives you an idea of the publication ratio of freelance-written material to commissioned material. This magazine has a high percentage of freelance material, so you have more of a shot here than a magazine that only accepts one or two freelance articles per issue.

Description, Estab., Circ.: The next element in a listing is the description of the magazine. It describes how often it's published (this one is quarterly) andt the magazine is about. This listing is pretty specific; not all are quite so much. It describes the magazine as "of trees and forests published by a nonprofit citizens' organization that strives to give people plant and care for trees for ecosystem restoration and healthier communities." Hence, if you are a supporter of lumberjacking, this isn't the magazine for you. The listing then tells what year it was established, in this case 1895, and its circulation (approximately how many people read it, in this case 25,000).

Pays on acceptance: This handy little bold-faced sentence tells you when you get paid if they agree to publish you.

Publishing Information

This next part of the dissection might be easier to follow if I use footnotes. The next chunk reads as follows:

Publishes in an average of 8 months after acceptance.1 Byline given.2 Buys one-time rights.3 Submit seasonal material 5 months in advance. Accepts queries by mail, e-mail. Accepts previously published material.4 Responds in 2 months to queries.5 Sample copy for $2. Writer's guidelines online.6

  1. The amount of time between when they accept your article and when it appears in print.
  2. Whether or not you get a little bio of yourself in the magazine (called a byline)
  3. The type of rights they buy for your article. The different types of rights are described in the beginning of the book.
  4. The most basic requirements for submissions that you must follow to even be considered. Deadlines for certain types of articles and how to submit.
  5. How long it usually takes them to respond to your query. Most magazines will let you know even if you've been rejected.
  6. Price for a sample copy of the magazine and how to get guidelines for submission.

Sample Writer's Market magazine listing
Sample Writer's Market magazine listing

If you want to get published...

Key Tips: The key symbol is not in every listing, but you should pay attention if it is. The section includes a tip directly from the editor's mouth for how to break into their market if you're new to freelancing.

Nonfiction: This describes the types of nonfiction the magazine prefers. In this case, "all articles should emphasize trees, forests, forestry, and related issues." Many magazines also accept fiction; this one does not.

Buys 8-12 mss/year: "Mss" stands for manuscripts, basically meaning articles. This section tells how many freelance manuscripts they buy each year.

Query: This section explains the way they prefer to be queried. This magazine doesn't appear to be too strict. Some require published clips.

Length: 1,200-2,000 words: This tells you about how long a submission should be.

Pays $250-1000: Obviously, this tells you how much they pay. Not all listings specify an exact amount.

Reprints: This section explains their rules and specifications if you are submitting an article that has already been published somewhere else.

Photos: This explains their requirements and preferences about submitting photos, with or without a written article.

Tips: Tips straight from the editor's mouth on how to get published in his/her magazine. This is pure gold. Read it carefully.

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      Patty Inglish 8 years ago from North America

      This is highly informative and gives some good tips for getting published. Thanks for the Hub Mob Hub!

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      Dottie1 8 years ago from MA, USA

      Seems like a book all writers will benefit from. Very informative and filled with useful tips. Thanks.

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      Donna Runeric 8 years ago from Ohio

      Yes. I learned of Writer's Market from "Stephen King on Writing." Mine is 2 years old but still useful.

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      Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

      I enjoyed Stephen King’s "On Writing." That book is worth keeping and one I will read repeatedly. It is funny, entertaining and full of practical advice on writing. This book should be a part of every serious writers library...

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      Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

      This is one of the most useful books to have in your writing library.

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      So we can get that online?

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      ProfoundPuns 7 years ago from Maryland, USA

      You can get the information online by going to www.writersmarket.com and paying for the online service.

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      Cindy Vine 7 years ago from Cape Town

      Just had a look now, thanks! Now my novel is finished I want to try and do some freelance writing. Was thinking of some travel articles.

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      Bob Vince Jr 7 years ago

      Writers Digest books are must haves in any writers library.

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      Cassandra Mantis 7 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

      This is a great resource for any budding writer! Feels like home to me!

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      Shelly Bryant 7 years ago from Singapore and/or Shanghai

      I always use the Poet's Market, and it's let me to some really nice publications that I have a good relationship with now, and where my work appears often. Whatever the genre you write in, a Writer's Market guide is about as good as it gets.

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      Michael Shane 7 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Very helpful Hub! Thanks!

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      keiranthapa 7 years ago from Darjeeling

      very informative hub.

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      Ghd Hair Straighteners 6 years ago

      I always use the Poet's Market, and it's let me to some really nice publications that I have a good relationship with now, and where my work appears often. Whatever the genre you write in, a Writer's Market guide is about as good as it gets.

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      tfhodge 6 years ago from California - U.S.A.

      Very helpful. Thank you for sharing!

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      very cool book, I should buy this.

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      Tampa Marketing Firm 6 years ago

      Where can I buy it?

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      Freelance Market 6 years ago

      For freelance writers I would recommend not to overlook the possibility to publish photos accompanied by an article. This is another way of finding your niche.

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      Ladybythelake55 6 years ago from I was Born in Bethesda, Maryland and I live in Chicago,IL

      I have used these books and I recommend that all writers also get The Books on Copyrights and Public Domain Law as well. These books are useful to writers too. Thanks for the information. Looks like I will have to buy one at a time.

      Karissa

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      samiaali 6 years ago

      Thank you for a very informative hub. This information will definitely help me.

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      Henry S. 6 years ago

      I will look into purchasing a copy of the book, thanks for the informative hub.

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      Neil 6 years ago

      I am not a freelance writer but I do a variety of freelance work online. I am sure this book will be useful for me as well.

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      lifelovebeauty 6 years ago from PA

      Absolutely love Writer's Market! Very informative and love the photos. Nice job!

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      Edmund 6 years ago

      Wow, is there a market that pays $1 per word?

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      Michael 6 years ago

      I am looking for to buy that book, where can I get it?

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      ludmilla701 6 years ago from U.A.E.

      Great hub! Thank you for sharing.

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      Steve 6 years ago

      That's a good Freelance writers hub, thanks to share it with us!

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      Im not a freelancer, though I am sure this hub will be useful to others who are freelancers.

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      Smith Ink LLC 4 years ago

      Writer's Market continues to be one of my professional bibles year after year.

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      Brian Scott 4 years ago from United States

      Writer's Market also offers an online version, which I find more useful because it offers search capabilities.

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      Darc 3 years ago

      Best place to find what publishers are looking to buy. Wait until 2014, for current manual as the types of material publishers are looking for changes yearly, as does the information in the Writers Market.

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