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How To Publish Your Articles by Shirley Kawa-Jump

Square One Press, September, 2001
Trade Paperback, 343 pages
ISBN: 0757000169
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How To Publish Your Articles
by Shirley Kawa-Jump This guide helps writers learn how to write query letters, target publications and submit articles in such a way that they are more likely to get accepted. In addition to information about how to submit your work, how to draft great query letters and other topics, the book also helps you learn how to make the market accept your work -- including a system of article submission geared at increasing the writer's odds of getting an acceptance -- without irritating the editor. The book also includes tips on contract negotiations, finding legal assistance and using your published clips.

Author Shirley Kawa-Jump is a highly successful freelance writer who is more than qualified to write about freelancing. She has published over 2,500 articles for magazines, journals and newspapers in her career. Ms. Kawa-Jump's book is organized, concise and provides detailed explanations, so that even the most inexperienced writers will be able to understand the sometimes complex process of freelancing for a living. Highly recommended for novice freelancers or for freelancers who have struggled thus far to make a sale.

Songwriter's Market 2002 edited by Ian Bessler

Writer's Digest Books, September, 2001
Trade Paperback, 516 pages
ISBN: 1582970475
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Songwriter's Market 2002
edited by Ian Bessler The Songwriter's Market is the annual guide for songwriters from Writer's Digest Books. The guide provides business advice, articles and tips for writers combined with extensive information about agents and markets for songwriters. The market listings provide detailed information about places songwriters can submit their demo tapes and song lyrics, including record companies, record producers, music publishers, managers and book agents, play producers and contests. Each listing contains contact information, descriptions of the needs of the market, tips and specials symbols which indicate payment and royalty rates, the market's openness to beginners, region and whether the listing has been updated since last year's edition. The book also contains detailed listings of awards, contests, workshops, conferences, colonies and additional references. The Song Writer's Market is a book every professional songwriter should own. It provides an enormous amount of practical advice for songwriters, including business information, and over a thousand potential markets.

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