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    1. The Chicago Manual of Style
    by University of Chicago Press Staff
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    Asin: 0226104036
    Catlog: Book (2003-08-01)
    Publisher: University of Chicago Press
    Sales Rank: 547
    Average Customer Review: 4.18 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    In the 1890s, a proofreader at the University of Chicago Press prepared a single sheet of typographic fundamentals intended as a guide for the University community. That sheet grew into a pamphlet, and the pamphlet grew into a book--the first edition of the Manual of Style, published in 1906. Now in its fifteenth edition, The Chicago Manual of Style--the essential reference for authors, editors, proofreaders, indexers, copywriters, designers, and publishers in any field--is more comprehensive and easier to use than ever before.

    Those who work with words know how dramatically publishing has changed in the past decade, with technology now informing and influencing every stage of the writing and publishing process. In creating the fifteenth edition of the Manual, Chicago's renowned editorial staff drew on direct experience of these changes, as well as on the recommendations of the Manual's first advisory board, composed of a distinguished group of scholars, authors, and professionals from a wide range of publishing and business environments.

    Every aspect of coverage has been examined and brought up to date--from publishing formats to editorial style and method, from documentation of electronic sources to book design and production, and everything in between. In addition to books, the Manual now also treats journals and electronic publications. All chapters are written for the electronic age, with advice on how to prepare and edit manuscripts online, handle copyright and permissions issues raised by technology, use new methods of preparing mathematical copy, and cite electronic and online sources.

    A new chapter covers American English grammar and usage, outlining the grammatical structure of English, showing how to put words and phrases together to achieve clarity, and identifying common errors. The two chapters on documentation have been reorganized and updated: the first now describes the two main systems preferred by Chicago, and the second discusses specific elements and subject matter, with examples of both systems. Coverage of design and manufacturing has been streamlined to reflect what writers and editors need to know about current procedures. And, to make it easier to search for information, each numbered paragraph throughout the Manual is now introduced by a descriptive heading.

    Clear, concise, and replete with commonsense advice, The Chicago Manual of Style, fifteenth edition, offers the wisdom of a hundred years of editorial practice while including a wealth of new topics and updated perspectives. For anyone who works with words, whether on a page or computer screen, this continues to be the one reference book you simply must have.

    What's new in the Fifteenth Edition:

    * Updated material throughout to reflect current style, technology, and professional practice

    * Scope expanded to include journals and electronic publications

    * Comprehensive new chapter on American English grammar and usage by Bryan A. Garner (author of A Dictionary of Modern American Usage)

    * Updated and rewritten chapter on preparing mathematical copy

    * Reorganized and updated chapters on documentation, including guidance on citing electronic sources

    * Streamlined coverage of current design and production processes, with a glossary of key terms

    * Descriptive headings on all numbered paragraphs for ease of reference

    * New diagrams of the editing and production processes for both books and journals, keyed to chapter discussions

    * New, expanded Web site with special tools and features for Manual users. Sign up at www.chicagomanualofstyle.org for information and special discounts on future electronic Manual of Style products.


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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition
    Since 1906, the incomparable Chicago Manual has been the reference for writers, editors, copyeditors, publishers, and anyone else working with words. This historic new edition reflects the huge impact that computer technology has had on writing and publishing in recent decades. Novelties include a new chapter on American English grammar and usage by Bryan A. Garner (A Dictionary of Modern American Usage), significant updates of copyright and permissions information, a new typographic presentation of American Sign Language, and an "almost new" chapter on mathematical copy, especially useful for electronic notations. From elements to proofreading marks to bias-free language, the manual provides directions, preferences, and even suggestions to the publishing and writing professional. Chapter 16, for example, concentrates on the two documentation systems preferred by Chicago: the notes and bibliographic system and the author-date system. Chapter 17 concentrates on the style and items of bibliographic entries, notes, and parenthetical citations, while also providing information on interview, audiovisual, manuscript, and legal citations. In comparison, Kate Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations is a useful resource for students, but it does not tackle publication and production issues. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, now in its fifth edition, also omits that information, while the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, now in its second edition, is more directed to the author's needs. Meanwhile, Chicago encompasses a variety of fields and professions, making this significant revision an invaluable addition to all public, academic, and special libraries

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very fine resource
    The Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) is without question my favorite style manual. The fact that this manual is one of the best of its kind does not seem to be in question for most people. What does seem to be in question is whether or not the CMOS is a fit for an individual's needs. What also seems to be in question is whether or not the 15th edition is an improvement from the 14th edition.

    In terms of fit, I would say that the CMOS is probably a good fit for advanced writers, editors, and publishers; however, most of these advanced professionals already know this. College students might be better served by a style manual specific to their discipline - for example, The Modern Language Association (MLA) Handbook for English students, or the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) for psychology students. Beginning students might also be better served by a general handbook (such as The Little, Brown Handbook or The Holt Handbook). For office workers, administrative assistants, and secretaries, a better fit might be "The Gregg Reference Manual," which has an emphasis on business correspondence. In each of these cases; however, the CMOS would be a useful backup reference.

    In regard to the editions, my overall opinion is that the 15th edition is a significant improvement in content to the 14th, and well worth the purchase. The 13th edition was published in 1982, the 14th in 1993, and this 15th in 2003, so the CMOS is updated approximately every 10 years, which feels like a good revision pace to me. The content revisions are summarized on the back cover, and I'll list them at the end of this review.

    In addition to content, the layout of the new edition is also revised. There is a bit of risk and daring in using a light blue font to distinguish examples within paragraphs, and in using a new font for numbering. The light blue text is a bit hard to read at times, but for the main, it seems to add clarity. The daring numbering font is a bit less clear than the last edition, but probably only a keen font connoisseur would even notice.

    Content revisions:

    - Updated Materials throughout to reflect current style, technology, and professional practice

    - New coverage of journals and electronic publications

    - Comprehensive new chapter on American English grammar and usage by Bryan A. Garner (author of A Dictionary of Modern American Usage)

    - Updated and rewritten chapter on preparing mathematical copy

    - Reorganized and updated chapters on documentation, including guidance on citing electronic sources

    - Streamlined coverage of current design and production processes, with a glossary of key terms

    - New diagrams of the editing and production process4es for both books and journals, keyed to chapter discussions

    - Descriptive headings on all numbered paragraphs for ease of reference

    - New expanded Web site with special tools and features for Manual users - www.chicagomanualofstyle.org

    2-0 out of 5 stars It's riddled with typos...
    I think the title says it all!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Can't live without it
    Those of us in the publishing business could not get through a week without the book. Congratulations to the Chicago Manual of Style on its 15th edition.

    Eric Bollinger
    McKenna Publishing Group
    Publisher of "Two Dozen Lessons From An Editor" by Jim Woods.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Make Sure You Buy the 14th Edition, First
    The info you want and need is in the 14th Edition -- stick with that one and you'll never go wrong. This is like the "new coke." The 15th Edition seems to be an edition made different if only for the sake of being different (and, of course, to justify making money after a certain amount of years have passed since the 14th was published). I fear for the next generation if the 14th Edition were to become unavailable. I'm willing to bet the 16th Edition will very similar to the 14th, and only include the truly useful from the 15th (of which, I think, there is little). ... Read more


    2. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Spiral Edition)
    by American Psychological Association
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    Asin: 1557988102
    Catlog: Book (2001-07-15)
    Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA)
    Sales Rank: 1610
    Average Customer Review: 3.52 out of 5 stars
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    Softcover version of the authorship and style manual for researchers, practitioners, and students of psychology and other behavioral and social sciences. Includes new features on contemporary language issues and publishing standards. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money.
    As a graduate student in psychology, I suggest that the best way to learn APA style is to obtain a copy of a manuscript from a TA or your academic advisor. This book is ineptly organized and its own "style" is stultifying. The only saving grace is that it includes "pictures" of text formated in APA-style. A big complaint is that the Publication Manual pretends that the only kind of article written by psychologists involves presenting the results of an empirical investigation. Another is the unwieldy and illogical system of citation (especially of material found on the Web). Also, I would like for the publishers to at least acknowledge that what is actually published in professional journals often bears no resemblance to the format required for submission. Whatever you do, do not buy the APA Style Helper software.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If required to write in APA, you can't live without it
    If you have any need to write in APA, this book is a must. This is the standard by which your work will be judged. If you are not familiar with APA format, you may find this book very unwieldy and confusing at first. A great way to get started is to just open it to page 306-320, which is a sample paper written and formatted in APA style. Each salient feature is denoted with a comment balloon referring you to the applicable section of the guide. This simple technique should get you started.
    Many people complain about the overabundance of seemingly useless and needless information. However, I feel that the completeness of the guide is its strength. The guide deals with every facet of the a concern in a very thoughtful, complete way. Sometimes I find myself laughing at the completeness that the guide gives a particular topic, but at times when I am seeking to answer a specific formatting, grammar, or organizational question, I am extremely thankful for that completeness.
    This book is indispensable, one of my most-referred-to reference materials. If you are writing an APA style paper for a class in school and won't ever need to use it again, go to the public library at borrow it. If you will be writing often, you should definitely buy it. No matter what, don't write an APA-style paper without it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great book...BUT
    This book is extremely easy to use. Full of information and most of my teachers use it as a foundation for grading our papers...however, the text is written in a light font. It makes it very hard to read. I have to hold the book at an angle and keep moving several times. I even went to a book store and found the book, hoping that perhaps this book was faulty. Unfortunatly, this was not the case. Too bad, its a good product, just hard to read, especially when you're tired, you don't need to straining your eyesight to make it better to see. It's a shame. It is a terrific book, easy to follow, with plenty of do's and don'ts etc.

    The book is so good. I am seriously contemplating taking it to a Kwik Kopy and photocopying the entire book at a darker print to make it easier to read. The book is THAT GOOD.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Unhelpful Guide about an Unenlightening Style
    Like some of the other reviewers, I am in a program of advanced study in which APA is the "accepted" style of citation for scholarly research. As we can see, APA is an absolutely dreadful citation style, especially with its prohibition of footnotes, leading to incomprehensible paragraphs in which your prose is murdered by names and dates in parentheses. The lack of required page numbers in your citations also allows you, if you're so inclined, to transform your references into all sorts of unsupported speculation and conjecture, and no reader will be able to prove or disprove what you're saying. I realize that arguing about the merits of APA style is not the same as reviewing the merits of this book. But the weaknesses in the core citation style are so prevalent that it would be impossible to create a book of this nature with any sort of usefulness.

    Now let's get to the trouble with this particular book. First, it is unnecessarily humungous, trying to beef up the very thin body of APA citation requirements (which by the way can be found for free all over the internet) with hugely unenlightening chapters on basic writing style and methods. Infinitely better guides on how to actually write and conduct research can be easily found elsewhere. Even when you do want to find instructions on the core requirements of APA citation style, this is an annoyingly difficult task in this atrociously organized and indexed book. A thin and under-compiled index sends you to hard-to-find section numbers rather than page numbers. And finally there is the practice of this book's publishers to promote a "new edition" which is merely the same as before with a couple of new entries, sold with a new cover and of course a new full price. In case you're wondering, about the only new information in this edition concerns how to reference websites and online publications. Once again, this info can be found for free on the internet, while you could also spend a pittance on a used copy of the supposedly "outdated" previous edition.

    This book gets two stars because it is nominally useful (at least in theory) if you're stuck with it. But if you find yourself required to use the talent-crushing APA style in your attempts to write something of importance, first try to convince your mentors that APA is inherently anti-intellectual. Then find a way to get out of any requirements to buy this unhelpful book, and find the information on the internet instead. [~doomsdayer520~]

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great resource!
    I think this book is a great resource for anyone who needs to write papers in APA. It is very thorough and well-organized. I've been thankful for it when writing term papers! ... Read more


    3. Comedy Writing Secrets
    by Melvin Helitzer
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    Asin: 0898795109
    Catlog: Book (1992-03-01)
    Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
    Sales Rank: 2677
    Average Customer Review: 3.78 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Not just for writers.
    This is really a wonderful book, but I think the title misleads a lot of people. Not only is this book great for comedy writers, but it's also just as good for comics of all types. Even if you're simply hoping to become a more humorous person in general, this book will for sure help you. I am more able to effectively make spontaneous jokes with my friends and I owe it to reading this book. I'm writing a screenplay for a comedy and that's how I came about this book, and I've run into a lot fewer writer's blocks and I've been able to increase the concentration of humor within the script. The only draw backs are its length and the writing. It's a little long, and the author isn't always easy to understand. His style breaks things down in a very technical sense, which can be hard to grasp at first. Other than that, I'd suggest it for ANYONE interested in humor.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Book the Pro Comics Read
    I'm a photo journalist and I interview a lot of professional
    touring comics when they hit Orange County (California). I'm amazed at the number of times these big time pros have "Comedy Writing Secrets" in their rooms. Last month Drew Carrey was photographed reading the book in a national ad he did for library services. Since I've read and loved the book, I use it as a conversation ice breaker while I'm lightting the set. The
    comics then feel more relaxed knowing we enjoy something in common.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Learn the fundamentals of comedy writing!
    The fundamentals of comedy writing haven't changed since this book was originally published, and Mel Helitzer (who's taught comedy writing at university for decades) delivers a step-by-step course on comedic writing, thinking, and acting.

    You'll learn the basics of comedy writing, the anatomy of humor, and the avenues by which you can turn your comedic talent into a well-paying pursuitÑand why the demand for humor writers far exceeds the supply. You'll also find more than a thousand one-liners, bits, and speech excerpts covering the entire range of comedy techniques.

    If you want a comprehensive guide to writing, selling, and performing all types of comedy, then this is the book you must read cover to cover and keep on your shelf for a lifetime of reference.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Put this book back in the time capsule
    This book is an antique. I found this book to be completely dated and unhelpful. Unless your are Schecky Green and going out on tour on the Catskills comedy circuit don't buy this book. If you plan on opening with "Take my wife, please", then you will find this book very helpful, if not then don't bother...RKC

    3-0 out of 5 stars Too long
    This is one of those books that are way too long than it should be. Very unfocused writing. Good ideas, but the author can't write. But three stars for a good analysis of what is comedy. Comedy is something with a surprise and something that makes you feel superior. The latter is so true and I never thought about it in that way...good analysis. The author really breaks down on the ingredients of a good joke. Good for anyone stuck and trying to create new jokes. But don't feel bad, Letterman has a team of writers that write his jokes, and he's still not funny. ... Read more


    4. Rules for Writers
    by Diana Hacker
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    Asin: 0312406851
    Catlog: Book (2003-07-22)
    Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
    Sales Rank: 37814
    Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars THE book on writing properly
    This is arguably one of the most well-written books on the subject of writing that I've seen thus far. The author provides the reader with a comprehensive set of tools, definitions and mechanics that are essential in most every form of writing. While this book is well-aimed towards those who write academic papers or journalistic publications, 'Rules for Writers' will help improve the writing skills of those who communicate with others via email or who wish to acquire skills in writing professional business letters.

    The chapters are easily laid out and will help a reader regardless of whether the entire book is to be read from beginning to end, or if a specific subject is sought (punctuation, etc). This book has helped me with my academic writing and I highly recommend it for those who regularly write essays or other forms of correspondence.

    3-0 out of 5 stars "For students" is right
    While this may indeed be handy for students working on papers, I found it too cumbersome for daily on-the-job reference. My fault for buying it without giving it a thorough look.

    The detailed index is nicely done.

    This one will go back to the store, to be replaced with Karen Gordon's Transitive Vampire. Meanwhile, I'll stick with Strunk.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good book for students
    I found this book a useful tool for people who need a helping hand in their writing. It's not for the person looking for a quick referance. There are many helpful exercise to help you better understand you writing problems.

    3-0 out of 5 stars The least imperfect of available handbooks on grammar.
    Retains most of the necessary regulations, but permits the split infinitive: p. 113: "We decided actually to enforce the law" IS perfectly natural; those who disagree should revise to "We decided that we should actually enforce the law." Also, indefinite singulars, like "everyone" should never be equated with "their"! "Everyone" always must equal "he or she." I shall require the text again for my Quality Composition course, but with a lengthy note-sheet of qualifications. ... Read more


    5. Literature and the Writing Process (7th Edition)
    by Elizabeth McMahan, Susan X Day, Robert Funk
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    Asin: 0131891022
    Catlog: Book (2004-03-05)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 45912
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Blending a complete writing about literature volume, a literature anthology and a handbook into one, this unique volume guides readers through the allied processes of critical reading and writing—illustrating the use of writing as a way of studying literature, and providing readers with all the tools necessary to analyze literature on their own. The book promotes interactive learning by integrating writing instruction with the study of literature.The volume addresses all aspects of literature and the writing process including an overview of composing, writing about short fiction, an extensive anthology of short fiction, writing about poetry, a casebook on love poetry, an extensive anthology of poetry, writing about drama, an anthology of drama and the editing process.For those interested in literature and the writing process. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Ideal Textbook for Introduction to Literature
    I chose to use McMahan's text because it saves me time as an instructor of English. Composition comprises the most significant portion of a student's grade in a college literature class, and this text teaches students how to write an essay about literature from the beginning of the process to the end. I also like the bonus of a novella, The Awakening, which is often taught at the intro. level but under separate cover. Such a deal. ... Read more


    6. Strategies for Successful Writing : A Rhetoric, Research Guide, Reader and Handbook (7th Edition)
    by James A. Reinking, Robert von der Osten
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    Asin: 0131891952
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    7. Writing Down the Bones
    by NATALIE GOLDBERG
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    Asin: 0877733759
    Catlog: Book (1986-10-12)
    Publisher: Shambhala
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    Average Customer Review: 4.26 out of 5 stars
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    Wherein we discover that many of the "rules" for good writing and good sex are the same: Keep your hand moving, lose control, and don't think.Goldberg brings a touch of both Zen and well... *eroticism* to her writing practice, the latter in exercises and anecdotes designed to ease you into your body, your whole spirit, while you create, the former in being where you are, working with what you have, and writing from the moment. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Writing Down the Bones
    Just finished reading the book and I have begun to write as of yesterday in this purple notebook with a kitty on the front. You just couldn't write anything bad in a purple kitty notebook! Ms. Goldberg's work was encouraging and enlightening, a very personal mini course in writing.

    This is a book you will want to share with your friends so buy them a copy for a birthday present, as you won't want to be without yours! Filled with information and ideas on how to approach writing it will help you deal with the various phobias as they arise along your writing path. She challenges you to make time in your life to write, to think and to become one with the written word in a Zen fashion. It is the most helpful book I have read on the subject of writing. Thank you Natalie, you are an inspiration, I hope someday to be able to go to a workshop that you teach!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A gift
    The reader who said this book did not sufficiently emphasise the techniques involved in writing was right...but I think that is missing the point. Writing Down the Bones is a gift, like one's first pen, or a sunset. It teaches that writing need not be so invested with mystique as to make us unwilling to try. Most writers won't become famous. But is there any reason why they should not be productive and fulfilled? Natalie Goldberg shows that it is within every writer's grasp to be just that. As for plots and structure, there are some very good books on the writer's craft. And of course - take Natalie Goldberg's own advice (in Wild Mind, another gift)- if you want to write novels or poetry, read novels or poetry. That's the best way to learn about technique - and support other writers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Writing Classic
    Natalie Goldberg's insights about writing as a spirtual practice are just as valid today as they were in 1986 when this book was first published. Her suggestions to writers work, both for beginning writers and for writers who depend on words in order to make a living. I recommend this book to the emerging writers I mentor as a must-have reference second only to a good dictionary.

    As a professional writer who has written over 20 books and 500 magazine articles, I've given Writing Down the Bones away several times after mistakenly deciding that I'd outgrown it. Just as often I've had to go out and buy another copy to remind myself that there's more to the writing life than rejections, and royalties. Every time I reread it, I find something new. Last year I read Goldberg's memoir, Long Quiet Highway: Waking Up in America, which provides insights about how she came to her beliefs about writing and spirituality. I suggest reading both books.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Writing Never Has Been More Nutritous
    Many of you might be familiar with Katagiri Roshi, whom Natalie Goldberg studied under for several years in Minnesota. Katagiri Roshi always encouraged her to take up writing, and somewhat as a result this book came into being. The book discusses how very insightful our own writings can be; they can even unlock previously misunderstood teachings to us in amazing ways. Reading helps us progress in our own writing, a point Natalie touches on as a key to good spiritual writing. Reading helps cultivate new ideas and unexplored territory which we can delve deeper into with our own pen and pad. This book is essentially the art of writing, Zen style. Enjoy it!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good starting point
    I really enjoyed the way this author wrote. Her tips are easy to follow and her suggestions make sense. Overall a very good book for a new writer. ... Read more


    8. 2005 Writer's Market Deluxe Edition (Writers Market)
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    Asin: 1582972729
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-10)
    Publisher: Writers Digest Books
    Sales Rank: 12269
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    With Writer's Market Deluxe Edition, readers will find the trademark advice that's made the annual guide the trusted favorite of writers everywhere since 1921, along with online access to the most up-to-date listings available. Writer's Market Deluxe Edition includes:

    *A copy of the 2005 guide, along with a one-year subscription to the online searchable database, for maximum publication potential and easy access to listings

    *Over 5000 market listings with hundreds of online-exclusive markets, including playwriting and screenwriting markets--all updated daily

    *A submission tracker, to stay on top of writing projects, along with listings for literary and script agents

    With Writer's Market Deluxe Edition, writers can own the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource available. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars This book helped me get a 3 book deal with Random House
    People always ask me, how did you, a Flight Attendant, end up signing a three book deal with a division of Random House?And the truth is it all started with a copy of the Writers Market.Way back before the world was formed, and I hadn't sold anything, I got a copy of this book (split the price with another wannabe writer)and studied it and found a market to sell our my first writing.Then my first essay. Eventually sold my first book - and then the three book deal.Start your career today with this book - it's never to late.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Always a Great Resource
    Way back in 1997, I sold my very first article to EEO Bimonthly magazine using Writer's Market. The description of the magazine in WM was so thorough that I didn't even need to read the magazine before pitching it! I've continued to buy this directory every year since then -- and I've now written for more than 120 magazines.

    Though these days I normally find high-paying markets by browsing the newsstands and through word-of-mouth, I use Writer's Market to find these publications' Web sites, phone numbers, and addresses. I've also used the book to find markets for my reprints.

    One caveat: Editors move around so quickly that by the time WM hits the stands, many of the editors may have moved on to different publications. I suggest using Writer's Market to find a potential market's phone number, then calling to find the name of the correct editor to pitch.

    Linda Formichelli, co-author of The Renegade Writer: A Totally Unconventional Guide to Freelance Writing Success and owner of www.twowriters.net.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Playwrights BEWARE!!!
    Just as my title states the 2005 Writers Market neglects playwriting.I bought this book because I had owned the 2003 version.The 2003 version helped me develop great relationships with theaters all over our country.This is due to the creators of the 2003 version actually paying as much attention to finding out submission details as they did for other types of writers(fiction, non-fiction, short story, etc...)Unfortunately, that effort has been abandoned in this 2005 version.(I do not know about the 2004 version.) There is a little information about playwriting contests, but no information about submission policies for theaters(as previously printed in the 2003 version).What happened?It is bad enough that playwrights don't get enough respect in the literary world and now we are being shunned farther into the literary corner.If you are a playwright, this book will not help you any better than doing the google-ing yourself.

    1-0 out of 5 stars A disappointing reference
    The only good thing about this reference is the fact that I had a discount coupon from Amazon so that it did not cost me very much.As a reference, it is incomplete.For reasons unknown, the reference to Skyline Magazine was deleted.I just published a short story there in the Valentines Day 2005 issue (see http://www.skylinemagazines.com).The companion magazine, SpinningS, where I just published a short story in March 2005, also is not listed (see http://www.spinningsmagazine.com).There seems to be no listing for Willow Springs, a member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP).CLMP lists 427 member entries on their Web page (http://www.clmp.org).There also seems to be no listings for smaller magazines like Whiskey Island Magazine.It would be too tedious to try to identify everything that is missing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Average Joe's Guide To Getting Published
    I'm just your average joe, but in the late 80's I purchased a copy of this superb manual and got published...and paid for it!!! Whether you're a man or woman, whether you're so rich you stink or living in a cardboard box poor, you'll benefit from this guide if you are an inspired writer or just simply love writing. Now please note this: I studied creative writing from an professional author of several books, who also ghost writes for a major publication. Her words to everyone in the class was "you'll average 70 rejections before getting published. This applies to beginners as well as seasoned pros."
    And for all you doubting Thomas' out there, note this: Write it and put it out. You might just get published on your first attempt, but you'll never know until you try. Don't concern yourself with what your peers think. If your conscious bothers you enough to write it, write and put it out.
    I got a whopping $4.00 for my first article, but it inspired me enough to try again. The next time I got published, not only did I get a good paycheck, but I succeeded in getting the magazine to change one of its policies. A policy concerning pen pal ads that made it safer for advertisers.
    With this guide, you'll get details on book publishers, magazine publishers, their addresses, phone numbers, and if they have one, their emails. You'll get publishers of everything from erotica, to religion, from sports to entertainment. If you want to get published, this book can help. ... Read more


    9. How to Start a Magazine
    by James B. Kobak, James Kobak
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    Asin: 0871319276
    Catlog: Book (2002-09)
    Publisher: M. Evans and Company
    Sales Rank: 32542
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    The magazine business is an entirely unique industry.It might even be said that every magazine is, in fact, its own business—what works for Playboy is very different than what works for Vogue. The key is in knowing how the business works, and then adapting to fit your idea. James Kobak has the know-how to teach you just that, with over fifty years of experience and several successful startups under his belt. He has written this book to help a new generation of magazine publishers avoid reinventing the wheel, and to let them learn from someone else’s missteps and heartaches instead of their own.

    The book starts with the basics: why there is a constant need for new magazines, what makes for a successful magazine, and the life cycle that all magazines go through.Then it plots out, step by step, what is involved in starting a magazine: how to test the concept for a new magazine, produce a pilot issue, develop a business plan, assemble a staff, raise money, and more.Next the book helps you develop an organizational plan: who’s in charge of what, how the various departments get their jobs done, and how they interact with each other.Finally, Kobak covers how a magazine’s strong brand can be used to expand into other areas, such as database marketing, book publishing, and the Internet.

    Peppered throughout with immutable laws of magazine publishing, real-life examples, helpful charts, and 168 things you must do, the book concludes with appendices on the history of the business, sources of information, major suppliers and consultants, a glossary of terms, and other necessary facts and information about this growing industry. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A wealth of information
    So you want to start a magazine? It won't be easy..it won't be fast--and it definitely won't be cheap!

    Author James Kobak took up the unthankful task of trying to write a user-friendly guide to a profession that many magazine publishers study for four years or more at a university or college.

    For the most part, Kobak does a pretty good job. He is obviously enthusiastic about the subject. He has been direct witness to the start-up and/or purchase of many magazines. So he knows his subject.

    The reader faces one big challenge. Reading this book is like scraping the top off a mountain. Once the reader moves past the initial "you can do it" enthusiasm of the first few chapters, s/he is immediately faced with the immensity of the task that starting a magazine may present. By the time Kobak closes up his last few chapters with the drudgery of statistics, bookkeeping and forecasting, the shackles of optimism will have rolled away from the reader's demeanor and the reality of his/her endeavor will stare him/her boldy in the face.

    There is so much information crammed into the 300-some pages of this book that I ran my highlighter dry trying to capture it all. Kobak writes in an unintimidating style for those new to publishing. That said, however, the information is sometimes muddled by sloppy editing and the author's occasional lapses of clarity in his writing.

    For its wealth of information alone, this is a must read for anyone who plans on starting a publishing venture without going the college route. Kobak eplains very clearly that starting a magazine is not inexpensive. Perhaps that is why he priced his book so reasonably. So that we readers could learn that fact first.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A relief...
    Every single book that I'd ever picked up about the magazine business was pretty cut-n-dry and hard to understand (vocabulary wise) with entirely too many numbers that made me go "???" But this book was conversational and informative. I found out some things that I didn't know about from the magazine I was writing for. It's a great way to learn about the magazine business if you're starting it on your own or just to understand the behind-the-scenes of what the owners do. He lost me in the end with the numbers but I still enjoyed it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great for Experienced Publishers Too....
    How to Start a Magazine is a must read for anyone thinking about starting a magazine, and anyone currently in the business. While the book targets the wanna-be publisher, it is also one of the best books I have read for experienced magazine professionals too. Kobak masterfully describes all of the key competencies of magazine publishing in a straight forward no nonsense manner. Unlike many texts on this subject, this book is full of practical real-life examples of what to do, and what watch out for. The author also does an excellent job of exploring how to expand the business of established magazines into international markets, book publishing, list rentals and custom publishing. This book is well worth your time and money.

    4-0 out of 5 stars First half great. Second half wanting.
    Unlike the more down-to-earth Starting And Running A Successful Newsletter or Magazine, this book is targeted for the up-scale magazine publisher wannabe. Still, it is a worthy addition to anyone serious about publishing for profit.

    I have researched high and low for statistical data regarding circulation promotion. This book is the only one that provided quality information that can be used to guage one's prospects after test marketing. This information will prove intensely valuable when I get game and small livestock farming in the test marketing stage.

    He also provided great advice regarding establishing the scope to insure you provide what your readers want, with the operative word WANT instead of need. To a degree, of course, he slips into consultant mode, but this wasn't too distractive.

    It was only as he got into the later chapters that I felt like he was too intent on getting readers to hire consultants than in providing content for the reader.

    James does a great job in explaining the life cycle of periodicals and why so many die after having outlived their usefullness.

    I encourage all who consider publishing to buy this book when they buy Cheryl Woodard's.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for people in magzine business
    A very readable account which gives perspective on the nature of the business, its pitfalls and surprises. It encapsulates a wealth of experience in pithy sentences and straightforward format. A must for anyone serious abut the magazine business or with even a gleam of becoming a publisher in his or her eye. ... Read more


    10. 2005 Children's Writers & Illustrator's Market (Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market)
    by Alice Pope, Rebecca Chrysler
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    Catlog: Book (2004-09-13)
    Publisher: Writers Digest Books
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    11. On Writing
    by Stephen King
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    Asin: 0743455967
    Catlog: Book (2002-07-01)
    Publisher: Pocket
    Sales Rank: 1777
    Average Customer Review: 4.61 out of 5 stars
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    "Long live the King" hailed Entertainment Weekly upon the publication of Stephen King's On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer's craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King's advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported near-fatal accident in 1999 -- and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it -- fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Ideas behind the words
    "The story is the most important part of the story" could accurately sum up Stephen Kings book on writing.

    The first half of the book is autobiographical. Stephen takes us through his childhood, discussing key events in his development as a person and a writer. This sets the context for the experiences he later writes about.

    The second half is the "On Writing" part, where he gives advice to aspiring fiction writers. He covers technical aspects (be concise) as well as tips on the creative process (don't sweat the plot, create situations and be true to what the characters would do in them). He describes the process of writing as "finding a fossil" - the fossil of the story is out there, use the most subtle tools out there to share the fossil.

    At the end, Steve covers his current status and recovery from a near death experience at the hands of an errant van driver. Perhaps this is the most touching part of the story.

    This book does capture some very useful nuggets of information, and will be especially useful to avid king readers. In that sense, it isn't just a trade book for writers. Enjoy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and practical book for writers
    I read this book - my first by Stephen King - after noticing a lot of favorable reviews, and I really liked it. This book has been highly recommended in many different forums for young, aspiring writers, and I can see the reason why.

    While the first half of the book is autobiographical, dealing with events that made Stephen King the type of writer he is; the second half deals almost exclusively with King's insights and suggestions on the craft of writing - from vocabulary, grammar, editing, etc., to the nuances of dialogue, description, and narration. Unlike many books dealing with the art of writing, this book has a friendlier, almost intimate approach, and King uses numerous examples from his own work and that of other writers to illustrate his points. Two of the best pieces of advice in this book are: "Write with your door closed, re-write with your door open", and "If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write".

    This is a very inspiring and motivating book for anyone interested in writing. King himself never stopped writing, no matter what the circumstances - the abject poverty of the early part of his life, or the excruciating pain as a result of the life threatening accident - and that is the biggest lesson in this book for writers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Like a school book, but way more fun!
    Stephen King's On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, is probably the best advice book you're goin to get.
    It has three parts:
    (1)An account on his younger life, and why he thinks he came to be the type of writer she is today.
    (2)The second part is an absolutely fantastic account on writing. He runs you through Plot Development, Character development, different types of plot eg: Story/Situation, advice on Literary Agents, submitting short-stories to magazines etc etc etc...
    (3)And the last 60 pages or so is an account on the horrifying accident he had in 1999 in Maine. He walks through it in detail.

    As an aspiring writer myself, I found this book classic. When I think back to before, when I didnt read it - and was writing myself - If found that I really needed it.

    So, for anyone who wants to know the low-down on becoming a successful writer, buy the book; for anyone who is a fan this is a must, you will read exciteing stories about his childhood and later life, and read the explicit chapter on his horrible accident.
    King, at his best. :-)(-:

    5-0 out of 5 stars Book Review: Stephen King ¿ On Writing
    Book Review: Stephen King - On Writing

    I enjoyed the first half of the book for the humorous lighthearted approaches Steve takes to his life. One inspiring moment would not leave my mind. I wish that I had one in my own life as significant. As a young boy Steve copied the works of his favorite comic and showed the result to his mother. "Write one of your own, Stevie," she said. WOW! Obviously the seed of a writer was already planted but what fertilizer was that moment in Stephen King's life. Permission to write came at a very significant age. So many writers struggle to give themselves permission to write. A comment like this reminds me how influential a parent is to their child. Imagine what may have become of Steve had his mother been a different woman.

    Other enjoyable moments involved poison ivy, a rather naughty school distribution and Steve's bleak telling of his drug and alcohol abuse. With the latter I sat wondering at Stephen's courage. Not just to relate these facts openly and honestly to his readers, but also to step beyond his dependency and hope, perhaps pray, that his writing did not come from the altered state. Some of his readers would see Steve in a darker light when realizing he is a former addict. I know that my image of Stephen changed. I saw in him honor, courage and a great strength to overcome. I admire him for stepping through the fear I can only imagine he must have felt and coming past it into real living. May we all learn from his experience.

    When I reached the middle of Stephen King's "On Writing: A Memoir", I could not help but notice the very distinct change of voice between the first section and the second. I wondered how the light hearted man, who wrote about living life even through some very hard moments, could possibly be the same man who wrote in stilted lament. I read feeling rather resentful of the attitude I felt coming from the pages. I wondered how he dared imply that the way he did things was the only way to do them. I was particularly flummoxed at the parts where Steve speaks of plot and how no writer should ever use plot, story is the key element. I agree, story is key, but my current novel is laid out perfectly on a large board with every little plot nuance decided. Of course since I am suffering a serious writer's block with that novel perhaps Steve has merit when he speaks of plotting and the damage it can do to story.

    Beyond that single disagreement I found Steve spoke to the readers of "On Writing" with integral truth. He spoke fact, but somehow in the second half of the book there seemed a lot less joy. It is only when I reached the postscript I realized why the two halves of one book seemed so different. You may notice the significance of change yourself when you read this book and you will find as I did that there is an rather extreme reasoning for it. Right where the voice changed is the eighteen months where Steve had been recuperating after being hit by a Dodge van. This life-changing event very obviously changed his sense of self and ultimately his voice, his writing.

    The second half of the book involves a lot of helpful advice, but personally I felt that a writer would find the first half much more inspiring. The second half answers questions you might have, but the answers are only helpful if you write in the same way Steve writes. Every writer does things their own way and while you can take his words and mince them in your own mind and heart into something of your own, if you attempt to copy his routine exactly you will loose your self. He admits this also and I thank him for once again being so honest. The second half of the book offers a great deal to aspiring writers but I feel the first half offered twice that again.

    Overall this book is a wonderful read for all writers and entertaining for non-writers. I freely admit that I have never read another of Stephen King's books but having read this one I am itching to read some of his fiction. He has a fluid hand that is a delight to read. I did find the profanity scattered across the book grating, but he has a section where he speaks of that also. It says a lot about who Stephen is and how he was raised. The entire book opens him up for readers to really know him, and that is a true connection of minds that shouts the truth he shares of writer's telepathy.

    Despite all he has suffered in life Stephen comes out a stronger man. In "On Writing" he offers aspiring writers a wealth of advice the most significant being, "Read a lot, Write a lot." You can only learn your subject by immersing yourself in it and as with all artistic desire to reach perfection the Carnegie hall anecdote comes to mine, "Practice, practice, practice". Thank you, Stephen King, for sharing yourself with me. I am a better person and hopefully a better writer because of your candor.

    Rebecca Laffar-Smith

    5-0 out of 5 stars Helpful and Entertaining
    I read this book while in the middle of editing a book for publication. It reminded me of many things I had either forgotten (from my days of working with the Chicago Manual of Style or The Elements of Style) and suddenly, my red pen used A LOT more ink.

    A highly entertaining read, I recommend for all serious writers. Take a few tips from a true master of the craft.

    From the author of I'm Living Your Dream Life and The Things I Wish I'd Said, McKenna Publishing Group ... Read more


    12. 2005 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market (Novel and Short Story Writer's Market)
    by Anne Bowling, Michael Schweer
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    Asin: 1582972745
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-01)
    Publisher: Writers Digest Books
    Sales Rank: 3718
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    Book Description

    For nearly 25 years, Novel & Short Story Writer's Market has been the only resource of its kind exclusively for fiction writers--no other resource provides as many listings devoted specifically to the craft of story. Each entry details what editors are looking for, how much they pay, how soon they respond and how to get in touch with them.

    Inside, you'll find:

    *2000 completely updated listings, including magazines, book publishers, literary agents, contests and literary journals, plus 350 listings new to this edition

    *Expert advice from a spectrum of fiction writers, including Margaret Atwood, horror writer Douglass Clegg, romance writer Debbie Macomber, mystery writer T. Jefferson Parker, and more

    *Helpful resources listing conferences, workshops, and writing programs

    Any writer writing any kind of fiction needs this essential resource. ... Read more


    13. Financial Accounting with NetTutor, PowerWeb, GL/EX CD & My Mentor CD Package
    by JanWilliams, SueHaka, Mark S Bettner, RobertMeigs, Jan Williams, Sue Haka, Mark Bettner, Robert Meigs
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    Asin: 0072872306
    Catlog: Book (2002-11-15)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin
    Sales Rank: 125776
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    While many texts characterize themselves as having either a “user” approach or a “preparer” approach, Williams, Financial Accounting, is written for faculty who want to strike a balance between these approaches. Business majors will find relevance in the “Management Strategy,” “Your Turn” and “Case in Point” boxes throughout the chapters while accounting majors will receive a firm grounding in accounting basics that will properly prepare them for their intermediate accounting course. Perhaps the most important new feature is the online companion, My Mentor. This text-specific online resource uses video clips, animated graphics and Excel templates to demonstrate accounting concepts, expressing accounting visually. This solves a problem that many introductory students have in accounting: It allows them to link concepts and numbers together in a interactive rather than print environment. ... Read more


    14. Guide to Literary Agents 2005 (Guide to Literary Agents)
    by Kathryn S. Brogan
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    Asin: 1582973288
    Catlog: Book (2004-06-28)
    Publisher: Writers Digest Books
    Sales Rank: 2944
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    Book Description

    For many aspiring writers, the first step to getting published is getting their foot in the door, a step made considerably more simple with the assistance of an agent.The 2005 Guide to Literary Agents provides the essentials to connecting writers with an advocate for their work, sharing:

    *More than 400 listings for literary and script agents, independent production companies and publicists, and more

    *Crucial advice, from recognizing a scam to mastering fees to understanding your rights when working with an agent

    *Advice from a variety of publishing insiders, including prominent agents and successfully published authors

    With Guide to Literary Agents, readers can learn how to get noticed, represented, and published. ... Read more


    15. Graphic Design Solutions, 2E
    by Robin Landa
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    Asin: 0766813606
    Catlog: Book (2000-07-26)
    Publisher: OnWord Press (Acquired Titles)
    Sales Rank: 102099
    Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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    Graphic Design Solutions, 2E, now in full color, demystifies the design process by outlining step-by-step procedures readers can apply with confidence to solve their own design or advertising problems. Projects and exercises featured throughout the book are interactive, allowing readers to experience a design element, principle or application. Exercises included are a work out - an informal nudge that fosters a willingness to experiment.Projects develop hand as well as critical and visual thinking skills.New projects include web design, web logos, annual reports, branding and new portfolio projects. This edition also features new samples of works by master and contemporary designers and offers guidance on how to objectively assess and critique designs. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book for all types of designers...
    This book covers every single topic with designing...I totally love it I read it over and over because of all the good advice the author gave out to us...I totally recommend this book for students and professionals...Good Luck and Enjoy!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars extremely helpful
    Ms. Landa has done a terrific job once again. This book helps you to find different solutions to design problems you probably would'nt think of initially. In addition I'm proud to say I am a student of hers, and her classes are just as engaging.

    5-0 out of 5 stars the best out there!
    this is the very best graphic design and advertising text on the market. The advertising chapter and branding chapter are worth the price alone! The examples and ideas are brilliant.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!
    This book is the essence of graphic design. It is a must for any design student. The book itself makes one of the strongest visual statements that I've seen in any Design text. It's great for both the experienced designer and those who aren't accustomed to the nuance that so many overlook. The best parts of the book are the exercises. With problems that are enjoyable and challenging, Ms. Landa has created something that Professors around the globe should take notice to. This is the bible for graphic design students and is a great improvement over the first edition (which was great in and of itself).

    Also recommended: The Education of a Graphic Designer(Heller), Design Discourse, The History of Graphic Design(Meggs)

    4-0 out of 5 stars A great guide to Graphic Design.
    A well-illustrated step-by-step guide to the process of designing graphic images. The author covers the basic components of design, the effective use of type, how to produce a layout, and how to design specific categories of work (i.e. logos, posters, packaging, etc.). Twelve pages of color are included. ... Read more


    16. 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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    17. Management Basics for Information Professionals
    by G. Edward Evans, Patricia L. Ward, Bendik Rugaas
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    Asin: 1555703704
    Catlog: Book (2000-05-01)
    Publisher: Neal-Schuman Publishers
    Sales Rank: 70125
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    This new, current, and comprehensive introduction to the management of libraries is both a successor to and a revision of Evans's classic Management Techniques for Librarians . The focus is exclusively on library and other information environments and provides conceptual overviews and library/information examples to illustrate the basic skills good library managers must exercise: how to plan; how to delegate; how to make decisions; how to communicate; and how to lead. Equal emphasis is placed on managing a library's resources-its people, its money, its technology, and its building.

    Including timely issues such as women in management and diversity as well as practical charts and forms, this text will appeal to LIS educators, librarians in new management positions, and experienced librarians in management positions who want to become more effective. A companion Web page features readings on topics such as women in library management, cultural diversity, management goals, and career development, as well as annual reviews of library management literature. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Management Basics for Information Professionals
    This introduction to library management provides conceptual overviews and library/information examples. After background on concepts and history of the field, a section on knowledge and skills in management covers areas such as marketing, decision making, delegation, and the planning process. A section on managing resources looks at personnel, fiscal management, technology, and physical facilities. Evans is director of libraries at Loyola Marymount University.

    5-0 out of 5 stars fantastic book for beginners
    The book takes complex issues and presents them in a very straightforward manner.

    Very easy to follow and "puts it all together" for the reader.
    I am using this book as a supplement to a class I am taking and it is a "life saver".

    5-0 out of 5 stars Authoritative, informative, highly recommended introduction.
    This introduction to library management provides important overviews and ideas on how to manage a library, from its people and budget to its housing and technology. Information managers receive important guidelines specific to the library environment, from making decisions and delegating work to motivating co-workers. ... Read more


    18. 2004 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market (Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market)
    by Alice Pope
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    Asin: 1582971919
    Catlog: Book (2003-10-01)
    Publisher: Writers Digest Books
    Sales Rank: 23464
    Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    This comprehensive guide is the key to getting you work published. It gives you more useful market information than any other reference, whether you want to write young adult novels or illustrate picture books.

    You'll find informmation on hundreds of book publishers, magazines, and play publishers, plus other exciting opportunities, including markets for young writers. Each entry includes up-to-date contact names submission guidelines, pay rates, Websites, email addresses, phone numbers and more.

    You'll also find articles and interviews featuring a who's who of children's writers and illustrators.Plus, you get invaluable information on organizations, workshops, clubs, conferences and contests that can boost your creative ablilities as well as your career. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Not good for the Young Adult Horror writer
    If you write young adult horror short fiction, like I do, do NOT bother buying this book--stick with the 2004 Novel and Short Story version. There is not even a category for horror; there is only fantasy,sci fi and mystery/suspense. Most of the story maximum word cut-offs are under 1,000 too. Disappointing!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Accurate, Complete and Up-To-Date Info
    The ultimate guide to getting your manuscripts and illustrations for the children's market published is back with over 1,000 editors, agents and art directors. Contract terms, tips for breaking in, current needs for both fiction and nonfiction and contact info for writers and illustrators give you the edge in actively pursue your career in the industry.

    Everyone can benefit from the articles jam-packed into this year's edition. All aspects of the business are covered, with topics such as:

    * The Business of Writing & Illustrating
    * Can an Unagented, Unknown Writer Get Published? Editors Sound Off
    * Get Noticed: An Illustrator's Guide to Self-promotion
    * Writing Through Rejection
    * Money Matters: Payment for Authors and Illustrators

    Writers and illustrators new to the publishing world will not only enjoy the articles but also the in-depth interviews with newcomers to children's publishing. And no matter what your experience, there are over 200 pages of market listings to help you seek out the right opportunity for you. Writer's Digest Books updates this guide every year to bring you the very latest information every children's writer and illustrator needs to stay ahead of the publishing game.

    No more excuses! This is your one and only resource for seeking out markets for your work. Everything you need to get published, including publishing house listings, magazines, greeting cards, contests and more, is right at your fingertips.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best children's publishing market guide, as usual
    I'm a children's book editor, and run a web site called "The Purple Crayon," where I review this book in detail. Here are some excerpts from that review:

    Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market has established itself as an inexpensive "yellow pages" of children's publishing for authors and illustrators in the United States.... This year's edition seems to me to be at least as good as its predecessors.

    As usual, the core of CWIM is the Markets section, which includes listings of publishers of books, magazines, greeting cards/puzzles/games, and plays, with a special sub-category for young writers and illustrators. The Book Publishers part is just over 100 pages long, as it was last year, with short profiles of 9 "insiders" (writers, illustrators, editors) interspersed throughout. This year, a sub-section of Canadian and International book publishers has been added.... The magazine section is also quite sizable.

    Before the Markets section come 19 articles, of which the first four--"Just Getting Started?", "How to Use This Book...," "Before Your First Sale," and "The Business of Writing and Illustrating"--appear every year. The remaining articles cover a wide variety of subjects, such as writing query letters, how to deal with rejection, whether unknown and unagented authors can get published, and self-promotion for illustrators. Two I particularly enjoyed--though everyone will have their own favorites--were "Writing Through Rejections: Advice from Jane Yolen & Vivian Van Velde," and "When Size Matters: The Synopsis...."

    After the Markets section come a variety of materials in the Resources: listings of agents and art reps; organizations, conferences, and workshops; book, magazine, and web resources; a glossary; and a useful index to the publisher listings, which enables you to find publishers by age level or subject.

    Comments: As I have said before about CWIM (this quotation actually appeared on the cover of their 2003 edition): "You need a market guide with detailed information you can't find elsewhere. This book is the best available." CWIM remains the leading market guide for children's writers and illustrators with the 2004 edition. All active US children's writers and illustrators should get this guide, and should strongly consider buying a new edition every year. Yes, you could gather much of the information you'll find in it on your own, through diligent searches online, phone calls, and guideline and catalog requests to publishers. But the time spent doing that is time lost from your real work.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What an amazing resource for children's writers!
    I knew that there was a lot to learn when trying to get my first children's book published and I couldn't have found a more complete source in one book. There are pointers and advice given by many published authors. There is a market section where all the publishing houses are listed along with their contact information, what types of books they publish, web addresses, submission requirements and any other relevant information for each specific company. This is an invaluable book for any aspiring children's author. ... Read more


    19. Introduction to Reference Work,Volume I
    by William A Katz
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    Asin: 0072441070
    Catlog: Book (2001-04-27)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
    Sales Rank: 118717
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Basic Information Services, Volume I of Introduction to Reference Work, explains the essential reference processes and sources in today’s libraries. It is a tool for understanding and mastering fundamental reference forms - online, in print, and elsewhere. This eighth edition is completely rewritten to reflect the radical changes library science has undergone since the advent of widely available electronic databases and the Internet. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Who determines what categories are listed with a book?
    Why on earth is this book in the business and investing category? It's about library science, for goodness' sake!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Extremely helpful!
    I found Katz Introduction to Reference Work, Volume II to be extremely helpful when it came to the finer points of reference work; Especially well written was the chapter concerning the reference interview. Katz has an amazing ability to turn mundane subjects such as the chapter on the rules of the search and turn this easily boring subject into something quite enjoyable. The chapters are very well written and he, Mr. Katz, has an amazing ability to write so that the novice librarian, i.e., student can understand the main points of each chapter. Thank you, Mr. Katz for writing an indispensable book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The bible of Reference Work
    William Katz's Introduction to Reference Work : Basic Information Sources (Introduction to Reference Work : Basic Information Sources, 7th Ed) can be justly called the bible of reference work. In this book, Mr. Katz has been able to introduce the novice librarian to different sources and tools in the field of reference work. The chapters are very well written and the examples are extremely helpful.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Contents / Coverage of Vol. 1 vs. Vol. 2
    I haven't read this book, I'm trying to figure out which of the 2 volumes I might want - the listing for Vol. 2, is only a partial title...would it be possible to get the tables of contents for each volume? The review for both is the same.

    In the future is there a better place for these types of questions? ... Read more


    20. 2005 Poets Market (Poet's Market)
    by Nancy Breen, Erika Kruse
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    Asin: 1582972753
    Catlog: Book (2004-07-07)
    Publisher: Writers Digest Books
    Sales Rank: 11537
    Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    The "how, who, where, and when" resource for poets of all skill levels, 2005 Poet's Market is a poet's complete guide to getting published. This edition provides:

    *Publishing opportunities for aspiring and established poets alike, from magazines, small presses, and competitions, to state and provincial grants

    *Advice and inspiration from prominent poets, including Nikki Giovanni, Jared Carter, Marie Jordan, and more

    *Helpful indexes categorized by book and chapbook publishers, openness to submissions, geography, and subject

    *Ideas for self-promotion, information on publishing scams, and other valuable marketing advice

    For poets, this guide provides all the direction they need to get their poetry in print. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Poet's Bible
    This book is a MUST READ for poets interested in publishing their work. The interviews with seasoned poets, editors and publishers are very insightful, and the publication listings provide useful information for poets who want to know if their works would be a good match for a particular journal. I have had success getting published in several of the markets I found in this book.

    The one down side to Poet's Market is the same down side to any directory or reference book -- as soon as it goes to print, it's out of date. With the constant flux of journals launching and closing their mailboxes, it's impossible for any edition of the Poet's Market to be 100% perfect. However, it's the best guide out there, and definitely needs to be in the library of every poet.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Pain-in-the-neck tome remains essential to writers, dreamers
    When the editors of this reference say to examine a copy of the periodical before submitting, they are not trying to pump up circulation -- they are trying to save everyone some time and energy. But now, instead of sending ten bucks here and ten bucks there and then waiting 1 - 6 months for an issue to arrive, you can use the listed web site to size up your target before you submit. Some periodicals sound good until you look closer and discover that the web site includes a photo of the editors drinking beer.
    More isn't always better. Apparently there are as many people who want to be poetry editors as there are people who want to be poets. This means plenty of periodicals fold, and you can avoid wasting postage by keeping the latest edition of this handy.
    This is a book best purchased by those unfortunate enough to write poetry out of desperate drive, as opposed to those who actually want to be a poet. Nobody wants to be a poet, it just happens. You don't see publishers hiring people right out of creative writing programs. Be able to name five poets you really like and why before you strut your dabbling by leaving this volume out on your coffee table.
    Sales should be restricted to people who have never donned a beret, even in jest.

    5-0 out of 5 stars She Killed Me
    If I arrive or not, that's not important
    Anymore
    I went in between all thy passion
    I went there waiting for your eyes
    They sow me, anyway
    They never to me arrived
    Thou choose the faces and
    Thou brake thy other skins
    That inside thy beauty
    Thy don't want to feel

    She killed myself
    She killed thy life that I had
    Very deep in my skin.
    She didn't choose my face
    She killed me with her indifference
    Thy city of lights, that thus call
    Home
    That you love for be proud
    She killed my lust
    And with it my strangers died too.

    Is for I lost already
    These power that I use to carry
    Like a cross
    Is maybe for I am not enough
    For a place that live in lights,
    She knew that I come from the darkness
    Therefore
    In thy city of lights I could never
    Go inside.

    " I am bleeding
    she is drinking it
    [all]
    but without her company
    the dead would be worst"

    5-0 out of 5 stars Exellence in Reference
    As a published writer, Poet's Market is a tremendous source of information -- from sample cover and query letters to interviews with editors, this book is essential for all poets and writers. I have found that it is important to purchase each new edition in order to remain current and that's what this book does. It lists every type of magazine that publishes poetry, chapbook and full-length book contests and publisher information, etc. It's the best writing reference book out there.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Needs better indexing
    This book needs to be indexed by:

    * lead time for response
    * months during which publisher reads
    * compensation
    * other standard bits that are included in each entry ... Read more


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