Now, however, everything can be accessed online. I just wish they offered a cheaper fee for a Web-only subscription.
Here's why I decided to subscribe:
- I got tired of not being able to see full articles.
- The articles are well-researched, so I can count on the accuracy of the information.
- I got tired of relying on second-hand info that referenced Publisher's Weekly. I figured: why not go the source? :-)
- Checking the bestseller lists (my main interest is children's books) on a regular basis gives me an idea of what's selling out there.
- Breaking publishing news. I like to know what editors are moving where, about new imprints, publisher closings.
- PW also publishes some great analytic pieces...taking all the stats and publishing news and summarizing it in terms of what the news means to the publishing industry overall.
- Tales From The Slushpile: a great comic by Ed Briant about the trials and tribulations of a children's book writer.
What about the rest of you? What other subscriptions or memberships have you found useful in your writing career? Please post them below.