Writing Resources at Lane Library

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By Stan Olson, Head of Reference Services

Are you an aspiring writer with chapters of a novel on your computer, or poetry notebooks tucked in a drawer? Why hide your talent? At Lane Memorial Library, we have recently updated our copies of Literary Market Place, Writer’s Market, Poet’s Market, Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market, and Novelist’s and Short Story Writer’s Market to the 2003 editions.

Literary Market Place (or “LMP” as it’s known in the publishing world) is a comprehensive guide to the book industry, with entries for over 3,300 publishers. Each entry includes address, phone number, E-mail address, Web Site, and the names of key staff. There’s also a wealth of information in the indexes. For example, did you know that there are 24 publishing companies with headquarters in New Hampshire? Especially interesting for newer writers are sections on “Literary Agents” and “Awards, Prize Contests, Fellowships & Grants.”

The Writer’s Market series offers more specialized information tailored to different types of writing. Poet’s Market, for example, lists 1,800 places to submit poems for publication. Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market provides entries on 800 children’s publishers; it also includes chapters like “How to Use This Book to Sell Your Work.” Whether you’re a journalist, a novelist, or a poet, these new arrivals in the Lane Reference Department can help get your name into print.

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