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    1. International Building Code 2003
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    2. The World Almanac and Book of
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    3. Places Rated Almanac (Special
    4. Lmp 2004: The Directory of the
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    5. Uniform Building Code 1997 (International
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    6. International Building Code 2000
    7. Yearbook of International Organizations
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    8. Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Editors,
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    9. Aha Guide 2003-2004 (American
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    10. Pocket Ref
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    11. The Father's Almanac: From Pregnancy
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    12. Stock Trader's Almanac 2005 (Stock
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    13. Leo Laporte's 2005 Technology
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    14. The Guide to Cooking Schools 2005:
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    15. Guinness World Records 2005 :
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    16. The Writers Handbook 2005 (Writer's
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    17. On Becoming a Novelist
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    18. Poor Richards Almanack
    19. Uniform Building Code 1997 (Uniform
    20. Explanatory Supplement to the

    1. International Building Code 2003
    by International Code Council
    list price: $86.00
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    Asin: 1892395568
    Catlog: Book (2003-02-16)
    Publisher: Thomson Delmar Learning
    Sales Rank: 5736
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    The 2003 International Building Code addresses the design and installation of building systems through requirements that emphasize performance.Fully compatible with all the International Codes, the 2003 edition provides up-to-date, comprehensive coverage that establishes minimum regulations for building systems using prescriptive- and performance-related provisions.Content is founded on broad-based principles that make possible the use of materials and building designs.Structural as well as fire- and life-safety provisions covering seismic, wind, accessibility, egress, occupancy, roofs, and more are included. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars 49 states are now adopting this Code
    Better learn this code. Local codes are being swept away by one standard. Here is Colorado each town had its own test, amendments and licensing system. California is the only state, having revamped its code 2 years ago, to keep its system.
    I finish basements, often for homeowners who think they can do it. From Loveland, I can work any city without irate inspectors wondering why I don't know their specific requirements. Good book. ... Read more

    2. The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2005 (World Almanac and Book of Facts (Paper))
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    Asin: 0886879388
    Catlog: Book (2004-11-17)
    Publisher: World Almanac
    Sales Rank: 99
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    Book Description

    All new for 2005!The best selling almanac of all time is out with its most indispensable edition ever!

    In today's information driven world you need a reliable, authoritative and accessible source of information.Since 1868, The World Almanac has been that source for more than 200 million readers -- it puts a world of information in the palm of your hands.Every thing you have ever wanted to know and more is packed in this 1,000 + page book. Some features include:

    - New special features on Gen X, Nutrition, Education, Islam, Steroids, Future of Space Exploration, and a Summer Olympics Wrap-Up
    - Updated and expanded sections including noted personalities, sports, space, education, health, science, nations of the world, economy, awards, environment and consumer information
    - Interesting offbeat news stories and notable quotes from the past year
    - Detailed maps, flags and two special color photo sections highlighting the year's most dramatic news, sports, and entertainment events
    - Free monthly e-newsletter
    - The top ten news stories of 2004 and much much more

    The World Almanac is found in more homes, offices, classrooms, universities, libraries and media outlets than all other almanacs combined. Pick up a copy of The World Almanac 2005, and you'll know why.
    ... Read more

    3. Places Rated Almanac (Special Millennium Edition)
    by DavidSavageau
    list price: $24.95
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    Asin: 0028634470
    Catlog: Book (1999-11-01)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 161167
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (30)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but Procede with Caution
    This is an outstanding book that's filled with tons of useful information. It's probably the best out there. Overall, it does a great job. Seattle, Winston-Salem, San Francisco, and Minneapolis-St. Paul are better places to live for most people than Waco, Stockton, Macon, and Lawrence-Haverhill. (Eden Prairie, MN, a suburb of the Twin Cities, was listed in 50 Great Places to Live, by the way.)

    It's nice to see the truth accurately told. For example, Florida is not the sunshine state. It rains there a lot. There are more lighting strikes in Florida than any other state. Minneapolis-St. Paul is a fabulous place to live, but few people know about the tremendous quality of life there. Salt Lake City is another example of a quality, but unknown, city. And most Deep South cities get bad scores for education and quality of life.

    But, as other reviewers pointed out, there are ommisions that you need to compensate for. First, the book is a statistical summary and does not mention the intangibles, such as character, for each area. These intangibles need to be considered. For example, I would never live in highly-rated Los Angeles because my experience is that the people there are rude and selfish - the land of lawsuits, the LAPD, the O.J. murders, and divorce. Yet, that may be just the lifestyle you may be looking for. Maybe you are a single, litigation lawyer. But you will not find those tidbits mentioned in the book.

    Personally, I would like to know those tidbits. They may be most important. Where are the people most friendly? Is Philadelphia the City of Brotherly Love? (The answer is no.) Which suburbs of a major city are best for families? It would be nice if some essays are included, covering these intangibles.

    Second, you need to adjust these scores for your own preferences. There is a chart to use for that. Young graduates might have different preferences than young families and retirees.

    Finally, no matter where you are from, there's no place like home.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great concept, but simplistic analysis limits value
    This has been a wonderful series, and I was looking forward to this edition, especially after the '93 edition gave us a program to let us do our own analysis. That, while limited and awkward, gave the reader a means of going beyond the extremely simplistic analysis in the book.

    But this version comes without the disk, a MAJOR step backward in usefulness. I'd have paid twice as much and been happier.

    With this version, comparisons are far too simplistic. It should be obvious that different readers will care different amounts about categories, and that the categories don't provide enough detail for most people. This means that the comparisons/rankings are fairly useless, except as broad guides.

    Perhaps the problem is that the authors/publisher don't really have a vision of who the audience is. After all, people who truly have control over where they move next are probably rare. Less rare are people evaluating some corporation's move offer, and for them, this volume does contain some very useful information.

    But even for them, the layout is wrong. The detail information is organised by category, so a reader interested in a given city has to find its entry in nine different sections.

    I was really hoping that this edition, besides having more up-to-date facts, would give us another level of detail, and especially, would include an expanded version of the '93 edition program.

    The review on the cover calls it a "knockout". I'd call it a letdown. Pity.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The best book of its kind.
    It's tough to read a book of someone's opinions on where to live as its really a heartfelt decision each person needs to make for themselves. But most of this book is straight statistics, such as weather and crime. The book is big and leaves enough room for each metro area so you can read the climate graphs without too much eyestrain. It's the best book on deciding where to move that I found. I took tons of notes from this book, and it actually helped me pick an entirely new place to live than the ones I had originally thought of! The only section I didn't like was the arts and culture section. I'm into the artsy scene, but the authors rated cities based on number of symphonies and orchestras and operas - who goes to these anymore??

    5-0 out of 5 stars Love this book
    This book is just great. I have bought every retirement-places-rated type of book that I can get my hands on and this author is by far the best. The millennium edition is twice as big as the last edition and every subject is covered that anyone would want to know about an area; cost of living, transportation, jobs, education, climate, crime, the arts, health care, recreation. I can't wait for the next edition to come out! We're not retiring any time soon so it's helpful to really be able to study and evaluate where we are going to want to retire.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Perfect place
    Well, reading everyone's review and trying to find a livable place for myself, I came to this solution: no book, no piece of advice can be invented to predict how you will feel in your "perfect city". Even when all the data is given, it's hard to put it into a proper perspective. . I would love to believe there exists a one magical list that will give you one easily packaged answer: Yes, move, or NO, stay where you are. (You'll move on Monday, and be ready to move back by Thursday ). To add to the complexity: Money Magazine, Forbes and Rand taking almost the same factors into consideration, came up with totally different lists. (New York City, San Diego, Chicago. Another well-known organization decided to rate places by finding cities people flock to the most. The most moved-to city was Las Vegas. The bottom line: Perfect place? The only way to find it, is to move there, and see how you feel after 2 years. Don't bring this book with you, though, it's too heavy to carry and in two years, there will be a new edition. That's the only guarantee... ... Read more

    4. Lmp 2004: The Directory of the American Book Publishing Industry With Industry Yellow Pages (Literary Market Place (Lmp))
    by Information Today
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    Asin: 1573871788
    Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
    Publisher: Information Today
    Sales Rank: 548673
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    5. Uniform Building Code 1997 (International Building Code)
    by International Code Council
    list price: $96.42
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    Asin: 188459087X
    Catlog: Book (1997-04-01)
    Publisher: International Conference of Building Official
    Sales Rank: 41864
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    This popular code, still in use in many stores, is now available from Delmar Learning! A proven document meeting the needs of government untis charged with enforcement of building regulation. Provides complete regulations covering all major aspects of building design and construction relating to fire and life safety and structural safety. The requirements reflect the latest technological advances available in the building and fire-and-life-safety industry. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars COMMENTS ON UBC SEISMIC LOAD

    3-0 out of 5 stars This work is quoted my county planning and permit officers
    The book was purchased in CD rom form. There is key word searches for specific items. Every builder needing a permit to start constuction should know this book well. Another company that puts out a similar book is called Boca. They supliment and overlap the UBC. Both are handy, but very over priced. ... Read more

    6. International Building Code 2000 (International Building Code)
    list price: $82.00
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    Asin: 1892395258
    Catlog: Book (2000-04-01)
    Publisher: International Code
    Sales Rank: 44278
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    7. Yearbook of International Organizations 2004/2005 (Yearbook of International Organizations)
    by Not Applicable (Na )
    list price: $1,783.00
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    Asin: 3598245122
    Catlog: Book (2004-06-01)
    Publisher: K. G. Saur
    Sales Rank: 1101686
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    8. Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Editors, Publishers, and Literary Agents 2005: Who They Are!What They Want! How to Win Them Over!
    by Jeff Herman
    list price: $29.95
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    Asin: 0871162105
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-01)
    Publisher: Writer, Inc.
    Sales Rank: 31049
    Average Customer Review: 3.86 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Jeff Herman is a leading New York literary agent who has represented best-selling authors and has helped thousands of new writers launch successful careers. This latest annual edition of the classic writer's directory provides everything working writers need to find the most receptive publishers, editors and agents for their work. Each entry presents an overview of the publisher, including its history and current lines, followed by the names of specific editors, their areas of interest, and complete contact information. It also features listings for over 150 top literary agencies, along with their agents, what they represent and how to contact them. Finally, this important reference includes expert guidance on such valuable topics as how to pitch a book, prepare a winning query and proposal, negotiate a contract, and much more. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars If you can only buy just one writers guide
    If you can only afford to buy one writer's guideline manual skip this book. It's okay but Herman's smug attitude will get on your nerves very quickly and I was extremely unsatisfied with the section on agents. Unless you want to use this as a supplement to Writer's Market I'd say leave this rather expensive dud in the store.

    3-0 out of 5 stars So-So
    This book is fair. He is a little to negative for my taste, and his contempt for writers seems to come through a litte to much. Also, there are agents listed in his book that are known scams and con-artists, so he does not do that much research. If you want to find a good literary agent or publisher, go to the website "Preditors and Editors", and you find out all you need to know for free.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Jeff is a genious
    I have given these books out as presents. Every potential author needs this book. It should be considered the publishing bible.
    Rick Frishman author "Guerrilla Mareketing for Writers" and "Guerrilla Publicity". President of Planned TV Arts and

    4-0 out of 5 stars A terrific resource for writers
    Just as useful as Writer's Market, if not more so. This is an excellent tool.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Looks Nice, but Information Is Not Helpful
    I tried this directory along with my Writer's Market. Herman's book looks really nice, but when I compared the two, I realized that Herman's is almost all fluff--especially in the listings. Plus, Herman's guide has less book publisher and agent listings, and absolutely no magazine listings.

    It did have some interesting stuff in there, but is only worth buying if it is used as a supplement to Writer's Market. And definitely pay attention to the title, because this will only help you if you want to get a book published. ... Read more

    9. Aha Guide 2003-2004 (American Hospital Association Guide to the Health Care Field)
    by Health Forum
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    Asin: 0872587908
    Catlog: Book (2003-09-01)
    Publisher: American Hospital Association
    Sales Rank: 447856
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    10. Pocket Ref
    by Thomas J. Glover
    list price: $12.95
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    Asin: 1885071000
    Catlog: Book (1995-04-01)
    Publisher: Sequoia
    Sales Rank: 163086
    Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A "Swiss Army Knife" of reference books
    How did I live without this book? This book has everything I ever wanted X10. R values? Temperature and wind chill conversions? World wide area codes and airport codes? Wood screw specs? Friction loss in pipe? Mohr's hardness scales? Credit card 800 #s? I mean it's ALL here! I buy these to give them away!

    5-0 out of 5 stars My other Lil' Black book.
    First there was sliced bread, then there was "The Pocket Ref". I found it such a great reference book that I ordered 6 of them for my associates. It is 100 pounds of information in a 13 oz. package. There has not been a day since I have received it that I have not used it for something (conversions of all types, geometric formulas long forgotten, constants, material information from glues to the mass of Neptune...yeh Neptune!, and yes...bolt torque specifications). One draw back is that everyone that does not have "The Ref" comes to you for the answers. It is a cornucopia of information that every engineer will surely benefit from having.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Let us see more of this kind
    At the time when most publishers go racing on how fat a book can they make (someone ought to start suing for strain injuries :-), this gem brings the light back to our hands. It shows that is is possible to pack enormous ammount of information, and even use quite a lot of pages, and still retain all qualities of the small and light format.

    Imagine the wonder of O'Reilly redesigning and publishing a few Nurshell books in this format, or CRC converting a few math and science references, or the ex-Wrox XSLT Programmer's Reference seeing the new printing ... I'm sure everyone who bought this book would have at least one more to add to this list.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Only lacking one thing....
    I love this book and it would have gotten a perfect review, however it failed to tell me the meaning of life. Such an oversight shoulld not be forgiven...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Every man should have one
    If you are a man, you must order one or we will take your man licence away! If you are a lady and have no idea what to get your man, this is it!

    This book has everything you could possibly imagine and some things you didn't know existed. ... Read more

    11. The Father's Almanac: From Pregnancy to Pre-school, Baby Care to Behavior, the Complete and Indispensable Book of Practical Advice and Ideas for Every Man Discovering the Fun and Challenge of Fatherhood
    list price: $19.95
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    Asin: 0385426259
    Catlog: Book (1992-05-01)
    Publisher: Main Street Books
    Sales Rank: 3020
    Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars ONLY THE BEST ON THE MARKET
    I raised my daughter by this book, and then gave it away to a young father who has raised his son on it. I am an Infant/Toddler teacher and am familiar with very very many many books for parents ... and as far as I am concerned this is only the best book of its kind on the market for fathers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for first time or even experienced fathers
    This book is great! It covers the kids, the wives, the boys, and the girls. It has great ideas, and answers all those Dad questions that you never want to ask your wife.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great ideas!
    I had a copy of The Mother's Almanac when my kids were little (twenty years ago!) and used it frequently. I purchased several copies of The Father's Almanac during the 1980s as gifts. I recently bought a copy as a gift for a young man I work with. The ideas are still great! My only suggestion would be that the next time they revise the book - they revise the photos!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Must have for new Dads
    This book is a wonderful collection of things Dads need to know. Humorous and easy to read and also a great reference filled with practical everyday projects and activities to share with your child from infancy to pre-teen. I highly recommend Family Hugs!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Makes a great gift for a father-to-be
    I have the older copy of this book for myself. I am ordering a copy of the latest edition for my brother-in-law (my Sister's Husband). It has practical advice, and many unique ideas. It is told in a straight forward, non-judgemental manner. Good luck to all Father's out there. ... Read more

    12. Stock Trader's Almanac 2005 (Stock Trader's Almanac)
    by Jeffrey A.Hirsch, YaleHirsch
    list price: $34.95
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    Asin: 0471649368
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-08)
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
    Sales Rank: 679
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    Critical Praise for STOCK TRADER’S ALMANAC 2OO4

    "Jeff Hirsch is following in the great tradition of his father, Yale Hirsch, with this nonpareil almanac of Wall Street data. It’s a treasure for investors who want to remember the past as they plan the future."
    –LOUIS RUKEYSER, host and commentator of the world’s favorite money program, Louis Rukeyser’s Wall Street and Editor in Chief of the monthly Louis Rukeyser’s Wall Street and Louis Rukeyser’s Mutual Funds newsletters

    "Information is key to successful investing and investors will find the Almanac chock-a-block source of need-to-know stuff."
    –STEVE FORBES, President, CEO, and Editor in Chief, Forbes

    "I have every issue since 1976 in my bookcase. The Stock Trader’s Almanac is an invaluable resource."
    –MARTY ZWEIG, author, Martin Zweig’s Winning on Wall Street

    "The Stock Trader’s Almanac should be on every investor’s desk. It’s an invaluable source of investment advice, trading patterns, and Wall Street lore. It’s also fun to read. I refer to it frequently throughout the year."
    –MYRON KANDEL, CNN Financial Editor ... Read more

    13. Leo Laporte's 2005 Technology Almanac (Leo Laporte's Technology Almanac)
    by Leo Laporte, Michael Miller
    list price: $24.99
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    Asin: 0789733196
    Catlog: Book (2004-10-14)
    Publisher: Que
    Sales Rank: 2216
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    Book Description

    Leo is back! Leo Laporte, TV and radio's most recognized and prolific technology personality, has sought out the best of the best in everything technology and put it all into Leo Laporte's 2005 Technology Almanac. You'll have something to look forward to every day as one page is dedicated to each day of the year to bring you anecdotes, tips and factoids about the machines and technology at the center of your life. Learn about everything from ergonomics to processor overclocking to tips on using discount-travel websites, all while discovering how to keep your PC hassles to a minimum. Leo's musings on the world of technology are sure to keep you entertained throughout 2005!

    ... Read more

    14. The Guide to Cooking Schools 2005: Cooking Schools, Courses, Vacations, Apprenticeships and Wine Programs Throughout the World
    by Inc. Shawguides
    list price: $24.95
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    Asin: 0945834322
    Catlog: Book (2004-10)
    Publisher: Shawguides
    Sales Rank: 30626
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    Book Description

    The only comprehensive, international resource of its kind, published annually and recommended by leading food and wine publications and organizations. Contains detailed descriptions of more than 1,000 schools, colleges, culinary apprenticeships, cooking vacations, and wine programs worldwide. Divided into two sections: one for career programs and one for recreational programs. ... Read more

    15. Guinness World Records 2005 : Special 50th Anniversary Edition (Guinness World Records)
    by Guinness World Records
    list price: $27.95
    our price: $16.77
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    Asin: 1892051222
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-23)
    Publisher: Guinness
    Sales Rank: 63
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    16. The Writers Handbook 2005 (Writer's Handbook)
    by Elfrieda Abbe
    list price: $29.95
    our price: $19.77
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    Asin: 0871162121
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-01)
    Publisher: Writer, Inc.
    Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    The 67th edition of the definitive career resource for writers, now with over 700 pages of updated market listings! The Writer's Handbook 2003 provides professional writers with over 1,000 pages of essential information, how-to advice, and paying markets they won't find anywhere else! Part I presents more than 50 invaluable articles with specific solutions to the everyday problems writers encounter. Here is practical advice for overcoming writer's block, finding an agent, negotiating a better contract, designing an author website, protecting and negotiating electronic rights, and much more. Readers will also discover time-tested techniques and surefire ideas from dozens of prominent writers, such as Elmore Leonard, Anita Shreve, and John Irving, as well as fascinating, timeless advice taken from past issues of The Writer magazine. Part II offers more than 3,000 quality book and magazine markets from publishers who regularly buy fiction, nonfiction, poetry, short fillers, plays, and screenplays. Each listing includes detailed and complete contact information. Also featured are more than 300 additional resources, such as agents, writer's organizations, literary prize competitions, and conferences. Updated and revised throughout, this brand new 67th edition features an entirely new section filled with practical, A–Z advice for beginners entering the writing profession, as well as dozens of new sidebars with tips and suggestions for submitting work for publication, writing queries, and much more. For writers seeking a reliable one-stop source of top-notch professional advice and quality paying markets, The Writer's Handbook 2003 is the ultimate choice! ... Read more

    Reviews (7)

    5-0 out of 5 stars A writer's best friend
    This is a veeeery long book, but it's most definitely worth it for any writer, and I recommend purchasing it on an annual basis. Before I decided on a market guide for the writing craft, I compared this book to "Writer's Market", by the editors of Writer's Digest magazine; and I must say that I love their bookclub, but "The Writer's Handbook 2003" is the guide that I picked up for me. Nowadays, competitiveness is everywhere, and in a market so vast and varied as the one for the writing craft, one needs a guide that feels also like a close friend. Thank God I found it in this big book (my copy is full of colored flags sticking out of it, marking my choices for submission, conferences I'd like to attend, etc).

    The first part includes selected articles that at some point or another have been previously published throughout the year in "The Writer" magazine. Everything from inspirational ideas, to legal advice on copyright and selling your material through the different magazines and agents, advice for poets, etc. There is also an article on how to better set up your website, something that is no longer an option but a "must" as a promotional tool; plus conversations with famous authors. The different listings include non-fiction and fiction magazines, with as much information as possible on requirements, website, editor's name, etc.; book publishers, agents, arts councils and syndicates, writer's colonies and conferences, prizes and awards, drama and theater, TV and film producers; even greeting card publishers.

    I recommend purchasing this guide on an annual basis or, at least bi-annually; if the price comes to be a bit too stiff for you. All the same, it can become your best friend.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Reference with Value Equal to that of its Competition
    I first saw THE WRITER'S HANDBOOK sometime in the mid-1970s. I was already aware of (and owned) WRITER'S MARKET, but as always and still, I craved more market information. I found it in THE WRITER'S HANDBOOK.

    What's the difference between the two? Oh, where to begin ... THE WRITER'S HANDBOOK has the nice feature of listing items in multiple categories when appropriate. THE WRITER'S HANDBOOK and WRITER'S MARKET each contain listings the other doesn't. Some listings are more informational in one than the other. And of course the articles are different in each.

    And, if nothing else, when I cannot turn up a listing that turns me on, or info I need in one market book, there's always the other.

    The bottom line: I recommend THE WRITER'S HANDBOOK equally and concurrently with WM. Buy or borrow both!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Writer's Resource
    If you were to use only two of the best writer's resources I would say that "The Writer's Market" and this book along with it as your main tools of marketing and refining your work. Why this book? This book contains about 60 articles of advice by the most successful writers in the business. Even for a beginner this may be the only book they'll use.

    It's packed with useful information. It's gives the writer techniques, inspiration and advice. Some of these techniques are discussed how to find more time to write, creating memorable characters and revising your writing. It evens tells you specific wways to market your work, designing your website and writing for niche markets. As an added plus there are over 3000 listings of markets and resources including 2000 magazines in 45 categories ranging from performing arts and religion to adult literary to juvenile. Each one with descriptions and contact information. There's 600 book publishers, plus organizations and a glossary. This is one source that will be referred to many times over. I know I have. This is one of the best writer's resource book you can get. I'm sure this is to be updated in 2003.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A SUPERB POOL OF RESOURCES
    This completely revised "Writer's Handbook" boasts of updated information, which would benefit anyone who intends to write or edit any type of book. It is quite a remarkable improvement over the previous edition; and everything about it seem to advertise its authority.
    Although that being a successful writer depends on a lot of factors, this book has a way of providing solid guidance for both aspiring writers and the more established ones. Its pool of resources is superb.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Two versions, US and UK, with Same Title
    The buyer should note that there are two versions, one published in the US (67th edition, editor Elfreida Abbe, published by The Writer) and the UK version (16th edition, editor Barry Turner, published by Macmillan in London). Each emphasizes its respective market, and the US version includes many articles by writers. ... Read more

    17. On Becoming a Novelist
    by John Gardner, Raymond Carver
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    Asin: 0393320030
    Catlog: Book (1999-10-01)
    Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
    Sales Rank: 18846
    Average Customer Review: 4.85 out of 5 stars
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    Picture the poor, young, serious-fiction writer. He toils alone at a pace not so different from that of Lincoln Tunnel traffic at rush hour in New York. His spouse has a "real" job, or perhaps he has a trust fund. His college friends are cashing in on their dot-coms and wondering if he's ever going to join the real world. He is not hell-bent on publication; he is trying to write "serious, honest fiction, the kind of novel that readers will find they enjoy reading more than once, the kind of fiction likely to survive."He's likely to have no idea whether he's succeeding. Nobody understands him.

    Well, almost nobody. John Gardner understands him. Gardner's sympathetic On Becoming a Novelist is the novelist's ultimate comfort food--better than macaroni and cheese, better than chocolate. Gardner, a fiction writer himself (Grendel), knows in his bones the desperate questioning of a writer who's not sure he's up to the task. He recognizes the validation that comes with being published, just as he believes that "for a true novel there is generally no substitute for slow, slow baking." Gardner also has strong feelings about what kinds of workshops help (and whom they help), and what kinds hinder.But a full half of Gardner's book is devoted to an exploration of the writer's nature. The storyteller's intelligence, he says, "is composed of several qualities, most of which, in normal people, are signs of either immaturity or incivility." In addition, a writer needs "verbal sensitivity, accuracy of eye," and "an almost demonic compulsiveness." But wait--there's more. A writer needs to be driven, and to be driven, he says insightfully, "a psychological wound is helpful." --Jane Steinberg ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Not The Typical Book On Writing
    Before discovering a dusty old hardcover copy of John Gardner's 'On Becoming A Novelist' in an infamous New York City bookstore (Gotham Book Mart), I was under the impression that every book related to the art of writing fit into one of three catagories. Either it focused on technique (Robert McKee's 'Story'), it offered encouragement (Anne Lamott's 'Bird By Bird'), or it took memoir form (Annie Dillard's 'The Writing Life'). I was wrong.

    This book is a portrait of the writer as a young man (or woman). After years of teaching creative writing courses and wallowing around the publishing industry, Gardner acquired an opinion or two (major understatement). He correctly believed that writing novels is not a profession or a pasttime for the timid, and so he outlines the prototypical writer's 'character'. The purpose, of course, is to get the young writer to ask himself if he is really cut out for this. In the course of telling you what traits a talented writer must have (verbal accuity, a discerning eye, faith, etc.), Gardner offers up some brilliant insights into the craft. His discussion ranges from writer's block to writers' conferences, and while you may not always agree with him, his views are always thought provoking and perceptive.

    In the end, this book may be mildly discouraging for the would-be writer who is currently on the fence. Gardner does not sugar coat his opinions, but I am glad for that. He has no qualms in informing his readers that worthwhile writing takes a great deal of talent, and not everyone has that talent. As he says, the worst that can happen after reading this book is that you will realize you don't have the right stuff, and you will move on to something else.

    In reading this book, you get the impression that he was a brilliant writing teacher, as is evidenced by perhaps his greatest student, Raymond Carver. Carver wrote the brilliant introduction to this book, which familiarizes the reader with Gardner's personality and makes it easier to put the rest of the book in perspective. I, for one, would have loved to have Gardner as a teacher. As that is no longer possible (he died in a motorcycle accident years ago), this book is no small consolation.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Required reading for writers-to-be
    I read a lot of John Gardner's books about 25 years ago, and only recently started reading his books for writers. As an aspiring fictionist myself, I drank up his comments and advice in this book. Gardner was a strange bird, who didn't walk the walk - he rails often in his writings against some of the very types of writing he committed. But he remains one of America's original voices, and this brief book should be read by anyone who wants to write fiction.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good for creative prose writers in general
    I recommend this book for any serious creative prose writer. The wisdom and guidance given in this book is extremely helpful. Gardner covers it all; he says things I wish I could, or don't have the time to say to students in my classes.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great insights and counsel to writers
    Gardner comes across as a realist and an inspiration to writers. This is not a step-by-step book about how to write a novel. It is more of a big picture approach to developing the mindset, skills and discipline to become a novelist.

    Gardner illustrates the ingredients to writing novels and to being a novelist. His examples of his own writing experiences are the crux of this book. He has been through the angst and exhiliration of writing and shares his insights in this book.

    He clearly conveys that writing takes discipline, skill, perseverance and teachability. He elaborates on these areas in the book.

    Overall, the book is inspiring and educational. It is not drawn out or wordy. He gets to the point and keeps it short, so it is very helpful throughout.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this book
    If you want to start writing fiction, or improve what you're already writing, then buy this book. There's really nothing more to say. Gardner's slim volume is worth twenty tomes on archetypes and story structures and channeling your inner child. Those things are important, but for the most part they can take care of themselves. The strength of Gardner's approach is that he gets straight down to the serious business of putting words on the page and figuring out if you're the kind of person who's good at it. Drawing examples from his own writing and experience as a teacher, he describes what he sees as the "writer's nature" (verbal facility, accuracy of vision, a particular kind of intelligence, and a daemonic compulsiveness), gives some blunt observations on the usefulness (or otherwise) of creative writing workshops, some helpful pointers on editors and publishing, and a nice final chapter on creative faith. My only reservation is that he comes down quite heavily on the side of realism. "Good writers may 'tell' almost anything in fiction except the characters' feelings," he maintains (p.33). Certainly, a lot of bad writing is bad because it "tells" rather than "shows", but I think one of the great beauties and values of fiction is precisely that it can take us inside the minds characters and make legible what they are REFUSING to show. Ironically, this often provides a much greater fidelity to 'real life' than the strikingly un-lifelike practice of levering arcane symbols into place to represent, externally, a character's mental or emotional experience. If prose fiction isn't allowed to recount a character's inner life, then what value does it have over film and television - two forms which Gardner seems to decry? Still, Gardner's advice is generous and convincing, yet never totalising. You get the distinct impression that if you totally disagreed with everything he said, and yet still wrote good fiction, he'd be nothing less than delighted for you. Now that's a good teacher. ... Read more

    18. Poor Richards Almanack
    by Benjamin Franklin
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    Asin: 0880889187
    Catlog: Book (1980-06-01)
    Publisher: Peter Pauper Press
    Sales Rank: 8329
    Average Customer Review: 4.78 out of 5 stars
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    Printed at intervals from 1733 through 1758, this bright, lively, and sly almanac contained agricultural predictions, charts of the moon's phases, and, in Franklin's words, "entertaining remarks." The focus in this edition--the most complete available--is on the last category, with such well-known aphorisms as "Fish and visitors stink after three days" and stories--for example, Poor Richard's explanation of why he started the almanac: "My Wife, good Woman . . . cannot bear to sit spinning in her Shift of Tow, while I do nothing but gaze at the Stars; and has threatened more than once to burn all my Books and Rattling-Traps (as she calls my Instruments) if I do not make some profitable Use of them for the good of my Family." Timelessly ingenious, the almanac is as fresh and engaging today as it was two and a half centuries ago.

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    4-0 out of 5 stars American Colonial Wisdom
    Benjamin Franklin has indeed given us a great treasure to enjoys for centuries to come. Poor Richard's Almanack is full of funny and wise sayings filled with historical value. Some hold true to their time and others speak of institutions like marriage, disipline and business in which not much has changed. I compare it with chinesse proverbs. This book included corky illustations that depict what would come to mind when reading such phrases in those days.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Quote Book From a Sage
    Franklin is the American Merlin. He is scientist, sage, and savant. This book is a collocation of his proverbs from "Poor Richard's Almanac." It reads like a typical quote book, but it goes deeper. Franklin has wisdom tempered with humor and a gift for coining gold phrases. I recommend it for any fan of Covey's "Seven Habits" or Allen's "As A Man Thinketh." You return to the ancient virtues that made those ancient so interesting.

    One of the gems in this books is the list of Franklins personal virtues. Both Steven Covey and Hyrum M. Smith of Franklin Planners based their research in this plan for perfection. Get your children inculcated with these virtues of an authentic genius and patriot. They and we need all the help we can get.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book Filled with Franklin's Wit & Wisdom
    This one is a keeper for anyone who likes to be reminded of the good advice this little book gives. As a man in my mid-thirties, I appreciate this book-of-quotes a great deal. If only I would have followed the advice given in this book when I was a young lad! I would be much better off by now to say the least.

    If you are a teen or have children that are teens, this book is full of time-tested wisdom that is based on life-experience, and a pragmatic point of view. It is a good tool for use in developing character and is a great source of direction for young and old--if truly applied that is.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Prescription For Living
    What can I say? It's Benjamin Franklin! One of our beloved American forefathers with so much wisdom, it applies to not only our fellow Americans, but to the worldly human race. This compilation is full of tidbits from his "Poor Richard's Almanac" columns written for the hungry wisdom and logical seeking people back in early America. This is a timeless collection of suggestions and instructions that make perfect SENSE. Buy this and learn about YOUR life and how to make life better for not only yourself, but the others around you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, Enlightening, and Educational
    A wonderful book of sayings that espouse Ben Franklin's views on life. In general, he was an advocate of honesty, hard work, moderation in all indulgences, and being a good person. While these may sound like simple principles, the wittiness and cleverness with which they are presented make them memorable and therefore useful.

    Buy two copies of this book -- one for yourself and one for your child when they reach their teenage years. You'll both be better off. My copy is marked up so I can easily find my favorite sayings, and I find myself flipping through it often. ... Read more

    19. Uniform Building Code 1997 (Uniform Building Code Vol 3: Material, Testing and Installation Standards)
    by International Code Council
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    Asin: 1884590918
    Catlog: Book (1997-04-01)
    Publisher: International Conference of Building Official
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A super effort on behalf of the Author
    They couldn't have caught it any better, the effects on they way that they use the colors to highlight the codes and minium reqirements ... Read more

    20. Explanatory Supplement to the Astronomical Almanac
    by P. Kenneth Seidelmann
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    Asin: 0935702687
    Catlog: Book (1992-08-01)
    Publisher: University Science Books
    Sales Rank: 201224
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    The Explanatory Supplement provides a detailed description of how to perform practical astronomy or spherical astronomy. This completely revised and rewritten edition is an authoritative source on astronomical phenomena and calendars. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Explanatory Supplement to the Astronomical Almanac
    If you need to know the details of astronomical or geodetic computations, or need to know how the tables in the Astronomical Almanac are computed, or need to know what the various versions of "Universal Time" are and how to compute them, you need this book. It is the definitive reference for many things, and gives you the definitive reference for the rest. ... Read more

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