I used to recommend that every writer who is even remotely serious about the business of freelance writing buy each year’s edition and I suggest they bite the bullet and buy the deluxe edition because it includes an online subscription to Writer’s Market Online. Now I suggest both for only the new writer
Here’s why I believe new writers need both:
You can take the book itself to the park, the beach or even the bath tub and troll for ideas. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been looking for a publisher of one sort or another for a book or an article idea and had a new, good idea triggered. The only trick is capturing those ideas which often show up scribbled in the margins somewhere.
With the book, away from the computer, you can read about queries, how other authors got started and a wealth of other information.
Unfortunately, with this edition they’ve stopped indexing the book publishers by subject – you have to go online for that.
The online subscription, which has really gotten good, allows searching in a variety of ways and has many of the same articles as the print edition. But the real value comes in its regular updates. So maybe everyone ought to sign up for that instead. It too is $39.99 for the year.