Nowadays I purchase the latest edition of this book every year simply because I need to have the most up-to-date issue. My review, therefore, is similar to my previous assessments of this work. Similarly, some disparaging comments may also appear and all I would ask any potential purchaser is to consider (only consider!) my comments.
Firstly, the book is not perfect - if only because no book could possibly include every single element, nuance and minor detail about all aspects of publishing.
Secondly, Just read the following and `THEN' ask yourself this simple question; "Can I afford to be without a copy of this book?"
I am not an educated man and, when I sat down to write my first book in 1985, people laughed. I was serving in the army at the time and when the work was published, one senior officer actually said to me "By what right do you seek to write a book about Scuba Diving?" Whilst my response remains unprintable, I can now inform that man how my articles have been published all over the world, my 3rd book sold over 30,000 copies and my 4th was voted "Underwater Publication of the Year!" My point being; If the drive to write is strong enough, not only will you write - but you SHOULD write in spite of whatever opposition you encounter.
All aspiring writers need to appreciate the value of this product. This is not just a collection of addresses for various book and magazine publishers. Instead, it contains almost everything you might need to know when contemplating writing for those very different categories of; Newspapers, Magazines, Books, Poetry, TV, Film, Radio and Theatre. The advice given and lists of outlets in each of those areas is then followed by sections on; Literary Agents, Art & Illustration, Societies, Prizes and Festivals, Online, Resources, Copyright & Libel and Finance.
As I say, not just a book of addresses. It also contains helpful advice, explanations, getting started and simply explains many elements of the publishing world. As an example, if you write books and articles aimed at, say, the motor trade or bringing up children - then there is no point in submitting your work to a publisher who concentrates solely on, say, ancient architecture. In short, by studying the magazine format or the publisher's speciality, you will not only save a lot of time and postage but also a lot of personal heartache.
Nobody in the world knows all there is to know about the complicated subject of publishing. This book, however, will give the writer the widest possible appreciation. Had I been in possession of a copy in 1985, my own road ahead really would have been so much smoother!
Now ask yourself that question!
And good luck.