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The American directory of writer's guidelines : a compilation of information for freelancers from more than 1,300 magazine editors and book publishers
Mutchler, John C., 1945-
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Clovis, Calif. : Quill Driver Books, [1999]

Physical Description:
[xv], 730 pages ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes indexes.
Format :


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PN147 .A479 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Reference material
PN147 .A479 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Not only does this resource eliminate the postage costs and SASEs required to obtain guidelines from publishers, it also provides a browseable list of ideas and markets for freelance writers. This second edition contains unedited, self-described guidelines from some 1,300 periodical and book publishers, including Good Housekeeping, Field and Stream, The Nation, Seventeen, Simon & Schuster, and Avon Books. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

New edition of a directory that compiles guidelines from more than 1,300 magazine editors and book publishers.

Library Journal Review

Any writer who has ever received a rejection slip has no doubt wondered, "What do these editors and publishers want?" The expanded second edition of this useful directory attempts to answer that question. Publishers were queried about the kinds of materials they want to see from freelancers, and about 1300 responded with quite detailed information. The responses, which come from about 1000 periodicals and 300 book publishers, are reproduced here. The entries, which range from well-known publications like Good Housekeeping and Newsweek to more obscure ones like Good Dog! and Newswaves, represent a full range of topics. Alphabetical listings of the responses form the core of the directory, with a topic index following. Also included are forms to help writers track submissions and several pages of tips on how aspiring writers can catch the attention of magazine and book editors. Since the information from the editors and publishers is presented with only minor editing, there is some content variation from entry to entry, but all entries do include specific information on how to contact the publication and to whom to submit manuscripts. There is some overlap with Writer's Market (F & W Pub., annual), but each covers publications and publishers not included by the other. Libraries needing coverage beyond that provided by Writer's Market and Literary Market Place (Bowker, annual) will want to consider.ÄKathy Breeden, Univ. of Tennessee at Chattanooga (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

A comprehensive but easily used guide for freelance writers seeking opportunities to publish, this volume is divided between periodical publications and publishing houses, with entries arranged alphabetically by title in each section. A final section, a detailed topical index, shows periodicals in italics and publishing houses in roman. Most periodical entries include a brief description of the publication and its scope, manuscript guidelines and requirements, photography guidelines, category divisions for the topical index, and submission contact and address. Some entries are very detailed concerning manuscript guidelines and submission requirements. Entries for publishing houses contain similar information. The introductory matter gives helpful hints as to how to submit works and track one's submissions and concludes with an illustrated guide on standard manuscript format. Because it lists such a wide variety of publications, this is a good purchase for all types of libraries and will interest writers, both published and aspiring. J. P. Burton; West Chester University of Pennsylvania