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Editing Books

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Trade Magazines and Newsletters

General How-To Books

Starting and Running a Successful Newsletter or Magazine, 4th Edition
by Cheryl Woodard
The co-founder of PC Magazine, PC World and Macworld offers step-by-step instructions for selling ads and subscriptions, hiring people, writing a business plan and raising money. It is the most popular, widely used book about how to start a magazine.New, completely revised 4th edition published October 2004, $29.99 from Amazon.

How to Start and Produce a Magazine or Newsletter
by Gordon Woolf

This completely revised and expanded edition of Wolf's book covers editing, design, printing and distribution in better detail than any other book we've reviewed. Its a useful read for publishers of evey stripe, from a club newsletter to a corporate communications magazine to a newsstand consumer magazine.

How to Start a Magazine
by James B. Kobak
Written by a seasoned magazine publishing executive and consultant, this book gives a wonderful insider's view of the magazine business at the highest levels.It is not a step-by-step how-to book, like some of the others we're recommending, but this one gives an excellent industry overview.

The Magazine From Cover to Cover: Inside a Dynamic Industry by Sammye Johnson, Patricia Prijateld
This book examines the planning and organizing of a magazine and its staff and explains editorial, design, production, legal, and ethical issues, as well as industry trends. It shows how magazines reflect and influence the world around them.

Career Opportunities in Magazine Publishing: The Ultimate Guide to Succeeding in the Business
by Ralph Monti
Ralph Monti is a management consultant for magazines, custom publishing, and communications businesses, and his book examines the intricacies of the magazine publishing industry. This guide will aid those who are looking for a first job, changing careers, or trying to break into the magazine business.

The Magazine Publishing Industry
by Charles P. Daly, Patrick Henry, and Ellen Ryder.
This somewhat scholarly book offers a history of the magazine industry as well as an introduction to its major players.

Publish Your Own Magazine, Guidebook, or Weekly Newspaper: How to Start, Manage, and Profit from a Home-Based Publishing Company
by Thomas A., Ph.D. Williams.
Tom Williams has started, edited, and published city and regional magazines and a weekly newspaper in North Carolina, and dozens of other magazines. His book is a dynamic step-by-step guide to creating everything from tourism books and niche market magazines to specialty tabloids, using a home computer.

Editing Books

[Not Yet Rated] The Layers of Magazine Editing
by Michael Robert Evans
Candid and constructive comments from contemporary editors paired with practical instructions from a seasoned professiona.

Magazine Editing: How to Develop and Manage a Successful Publication
by John Morrish. The author was editor of Time Out, and other publications. He has terrific experience that he shares in this book.

National Writers Union Freelance Writers Guide
by James Waller
The book discusses how to negotiate fees and rights with freelance writers. Every editor should own this book.

The Editor in Chief: A Management Guide for Magazine Editors
by Benton Rain Patterson, Coleman E. P. Patterson
Few books cover editing as well as this one. It sets out the whole task of editing a magazine so that any beginning publisher or editor can do the job right. Although there are no Amazon reviews of it, we highly recommend this book!

Design Books

Editing by Design: For Designers, Art Director and Editors
by Jan White. This classic book is a favorite among magazine professionals who know that the right look is key to magazine success.

Magazine Design That Works: Secrets for Successful Magazine Design
by Stacey King. The author focuses on 20 different magazines to profile what makes them work graphically, and how their look was conceived, designed, and executed.

magCulture: New Magazine Design
by Jeremy Leslie.This great new book explores the very latest trends and creative design styles in contemporary magazines from around the world. Use it to help perk up an aging magazine or design a hip new one.

Publication Design Workbook: A Real-World Guie to Desigining Magazines, Newspapers and Newsletters
by Tim Samara
Covers the whoe subject with examples and very practical suggestions.

Newsletter Design: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creative Publications
by Edward Hamilton
Practical advice from a professional designer of very successful newsletters.

Trade Magazines and Newsletters

You Can Now Get Discounted Subscriptions to These Great Business Magazines and Newsletters for Publishers

Folio Magazine is a monthly magazine for publishers, and a good resource. Folio publishes an annual Sourcebook issue that lists printers, distributors, and other key service companies--a great resource--and hosts education conferences for publishers.

Subscription Marketing is an excellent newsletter with practical tips about selling subscriptions and updates about how other publishers are successfully growing their paid subscriptions.

The Newsletter on Newsletters is for newsletter publishers and covers tips about editing, production, circulation, and management.

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