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Freelance Photographer's Market Handbook 2013
on 2 November 2012
I ordered the book as an additional information for the European market, and hoped to get some valuable information out of it. Well, I got 'valuable information' out of it but in a different way than expected. Now I know alt least what I CANNOT do or WHOM not to contact. Unfortunately this is - in my personal situation - 90 (ninety) percent of the book.
To be fair, I need to stress again that this relates to MY personal situation. The book is updated and has very detailed information for every reference. Not only whom to contact but what this contact (agency, editor, etc.) is actually looking for.
I went through the book within 1 day (and a textmarker), eager to get more resources since I live and operate in Europe. It's a great resource for people who can actually shoot in the UK, and that is the real limitation of the book. It's almost useless for people who do not shoot their images in Great Britain. Most of the book's references and connections look for local images in their area and are even specific about what they need. There is no chance for anybody who lives outside the UK.
The initial book overview should actually mention that. After going through the whole book, I could count the yellow markings I made on one hand, and even those were actually more for postcards or calenders. All other ones were useless for my purposes not having UK images.
The books is great and could earn 5 stars on the sheer UK market, but only there. It is not meant for an international market but is completely researched and written for the UK market only. That's why I gave just 3 stars out of 5.