An excellent question was posed by my very favorite Alaskan writer Kimber an.
"Why should a writer subscribe to Publishers Marketplace?" she asked.
At first I was just going to answer her and then I thought, I hear this from a lot of writers.
I decided to do a blog entry on it.
Do you all have paper and pencil for notes?
Writing is a business.
If you want to be published you have to look at it as a business. I won't even get into all the stuff about writing everyday, finishing one book and starting another, improving your craft.
You know all that.
PUBLISHING IS A BUSINESS.
You have to understand the language, the culture and common practices. Just like moving to a foreign country.
Publishers Marketplace is a cheap ($20 a month deducted from your handy dandy little charge card) and effective way to learn about the business. You hear the "buzz." Who's moving where. What houses are acquiring what projects. What's old. What's fresh. You can see the deals being made and how much they are going for and get an idea what yours may bring.
You can research agents and editors.
You can also get an idea of genre and who handles what.
There are member pages. You can get email addresses. It was invaluable to me in acquiring my agent.
I'm looking up editors and seeing what they acquire. I'm looking at the deals and seeing who's buying what.
I am learning the language.
A house is a publishing company.
A home is where your book goes.
All these become clear.
So get thee hence and join.
This is Publishers Market place...this is your writing career...this is your writing career ON Publishers Market place.