I met with my new critique group last month. There was lots of lively conversation, inspired critiquing, and snacks. I shared a couple of things with the group about an editor moving to another publisher or an agent that was looking something specific. It was met with, “How do you know this stuff?” I told them I would share what I read about the writing market. I’ll share it with you, too.
Before I do, it’s important to know why you should read these publications.
- If an editor moves to a different publisher, they are likely going to be looking for new manuscripts.
- Editors and agents may reveal what they are looking for.
- You know what is selling and what is struggling to sell.
- You don’t waste your time writing what has just been written.
- You’ll get an idea of how the marketing end of the business works.
- You’ll get valuable tips and techniques for writing the best manuscript you can.
- You get to know the players in the publishing industry. This is important to know when you rub elbows at a conference, send your manuscript, and want to market your published book.
- You don’t waste you stamps on publishers that have shuttered their doors.
- Agents and editors want to know that you not only can write, but understand the business of writing.
In no particular order, here are some publications that I read. I am a children’s writer. You’ll see some of those listed here, too.
- Writer’s Digest
- Publishers Weekly
- Writer’s Market Guides
- Publishers Lunch
- Children’s Book Insider
- Children’s Literature Newsletter
- The Writer
- SCBWI Magazine
- School Library Journal
- Poets and Writers
I also read tweets and blogs whenever I get the chance. That’s for another post.
Don’t let all the reading get in the way of good writing. A great manuscript will always trump great market knowledge. But, set a little time aside for reading about writing and the business of writing. Don’t let lack of knowledge keep you from getting published.
What publications do you read to keep you informed?