The Best of the Magazine Markets for Writers (2007)
By Marni E. McNiff (Editor)
Writers Institute Publications
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2006 Edition Reviewed by Patricia L. Fry
Just when you thought there was nothing new under the sun, here comes a NEW resource for freelance writers. This 720-page volume includes 1,706 magazine listings—221 of them are brand new. Plus you’ll find several articles to help guide you in the area of history writing, writing for religious magazines, journalistic writing, writing satirical pieces, writing for the New Age market and more.
I found the indexes incredibly useful. This book has an index for new magazine listings, an index for the first-time and formerly unpublished writer, a category index and a magazine index. No matter your writing experience, if you use this book as a guide, you have no excuse for not scoring a gig. And if you are really green—you have never approached a magazine with an article idea before—this book has a section to show you the way.
The new listings index includes such magazines as: Equestrian Magazine (for horse enthusiasts), Knucklebones (a magazine for adults who like board games), Missouri Life (a regional magazine), Pathfinders Travel, Small Farm Canada and Plum Magazine (a magazine about pregnancy). Magazines for first-time writers to that particular magazine include: AIM Magazine, Angels on Earth, Grit, Light and Life, Rainbow Curve, Washington Gardener and about 200 others. There are 171 magazines that welcome previously unpublished writers. Here are a few: Bellingham Review, Beginnings, The Christian Science Monitor, Fifty Something, Montana, Pan Gaia, Women Alive and Writers Notes Magazine.
I found the category index most useful. It includes sections for Animals, Arts, Business, Regional, Electronics, History, How-To, Poetry, Religion, Fiction, Sports and about 80 others. They even break down the fiction category so you can find magazines that publish crime, humor, mystery, regional romance and western fiction, for example. I even saw a few categories that I don’t usually see in volumes like this: Writing, for one. I don’t think you generally find a Confession category or categories such as, Factual/Informational, Feminism and Internet.
This book is phonebook size—8 ½ by 11 and a chunky 1 ½ inches thick. It is easy to store, find and use. If I were starting out as a freelance article or fiction writer, I would make sure to have this volume on my shelf. In fact, I am a freelance article writer and I will keep this book handy and use it often.