Friday, December 18, 2009

Friday Find: Free Market Guides!

[UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Thank you all for the comments. I'm always interested in what you've been up to and what your future goals may be. I really appreciate the participation here.

Our two winners (per the random number generator) are #2 (Rob) and #9 (Joan Bailey). Rob and Joan, please e-mail me to claim your prize. Please indicate which e-book you would like to receive, and the e-mail address where you'd prefer to receive it. Congratulations!]

So, in case you missed Monday's announcement, I've just completed the latest updates for both of our market directories. One provides information on publications that pay essayists, and the other concentrates on paying venues for book reviewers.

I update these guides twice each year (admittedly, not the most exciting work in the world) to check links, make sure each publication is still in business AND is indicating its guidelines AND pay rates online, and, when we're lucky, add new finds. You can see what each guide is all about, and peruse sample listings, by clicking here.

Now, here's the fun part. Since this evening marks the conclusion of Chanukah, I'm going to offer a giveaway. Actually, I'll offer two giveaways. I'm feeling generous.

Our two lucky winners will each be able to select a free copy of the e-book of his/her choice. To enter, please leave a comment on this post telling us about a) the publication you're proudest to have added to your credits in 2009 OR b) a publication you're hoping to crack in 2010. Please be sure to leave your name AND check back at the blog on Monday morning (12/22) when the winners--who will be selected randomly--will be revealed. Please note that any winner who does not contact me by Tuesday midnight (U.S. Eastern time) will forfeit the prize.

Sound clear? Oh, and one more thing--this blog's comments are moderated, so don't worry if your comment doesn't appear right away.

Thanks for playing, and good luck!


Diar A. said...

I have just newly relaunched my freelance writing business, but I'm most proud of my second personal essay being published on November on Green Girls Global blog. It wasn't a paying gig, still, it was such an honor for me.

Rob said...

Mine isn't a specific goal, but I had several scientific publications in 2009 (including my PhD thesis). In 2010, my goal is to publish something non-technical.

irishoma said...

Hi Erika,

Happy Chanukah, and thanks for sharing such helpful information on your blog all year long.

In answer to your questions:

This year Blue Mountain Arts accepted an essay I wrote for an "Irish Inspirations" anthology. The payment was small, but it's something I'm proud of because it's about a trip two of my sisters and I made to Ireland several years ago to visit the county where our great-grandfather was born.

One of my goals for 2010 is to find more paying markets for book reviews.

Donna Volkenannt

Linda White said...

Erika -
I already have your guides from last year, but would love to get the updated versions!
I do both book reviews and essays. I have not been paid for an essay yet, but with the help of your guide, I am hoping 2010 will be the year. Recently laid off (in March), I am re-starting my freelance business that was derailed by 9/11.
The market I cracked in 2009 that I am most proud of is my own hometown newspaper, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, which finally assigned me a paid book review. I did three for them in 2009 and I am hoping to become a regular! It's nice because it is something my relatives and friends can see (and relate to!). When you tell someone you're a writer, they most often ask 'what have you written?' or 'would i have read anything you've written?' Now I can tell them something they can find!
Thanks so much for your work - your help, your community and your encouragement!
Happy Hanukka!

Susan Goldberg said...


Two publications I'm proud of: an essay in Lilith Magazine (forthcoming in spring 2010), and my own anthology of essays: And Baby Makes More: Known Donors, Queer Parents and Our Unexpected Families, published by Insomniac Press. It'll be available in the states in the spring as well.

Susan Goldberg

Liz said...

What a great giveaway. The market I hope to crack in 2010 is Brain, Child. (Wow, there is power in stating that "out loud" in the blogsphere!)

Happy Chanukah!

Liz Sheffield

danceluvr said...


Thanks for your efforts that benefit all us writers. Even if I don't win, I'll certainly want to buy the paying book review markets book, especially after the demise of Kirkus.

I'd love to have an article in Dance Magazine.

word verify: unmesse -- So not me!

Orville said...

I am proud that I got an article published in the Guardian newspaper this year. It was the first time I had ever gotten published in the UK.
I would love to get published in a Canadian literary journal.

JoanBailey said...

Hi Erika,

We've recently moved to Japan, and I'm working on developing a writing career here. I have to say I'm most proud of my work for greenz - a non-profit that focuses on what's happening environmentally and ecologically in Japan. The work there requires a polish and swing that I hadn't necessarily required of myself on my own blog. I feel like I'm really developing a voice and style about topics I care about.

For 2010? To keep writing, and, hopefully get paid for it to boot!

Beth said...

Great give-away! In 2010 I'd love to crack the CSM, though I suppose I'd have to submit first... ;)