Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Publisher's Marketplace

The late, great Miss Snark would slay me with her stiletto if she read this, but my Publisher's Marketplace membership is about to expire, and I'm thinking I may just cancel. I feel I'm not using it, other than to receive the detailed updates and, to be honest, the plain old free updates would probably be fine for me.

It's not that I don't want to be published, it's just that I want to save money and right now this just seems like a waste of it. But, before I kill the membership, am I missing something? Should I be using it in some way that I'm not? i.e. do you have a membership, do you love it, and why?!

Um, yup, must update that sidebar, but FYI, I'm still smacking myself down. Daily.

6 comments:

Sarah Laurenson said...

I get the freebies for now. There was talk about getting a one year membership at the right time and making it worth the cost, but I haven't heard that talk in quite awhile. And now, of course, can't remember why.

Robin S. said...

I had a membership last year - which was too soon for me, for where I was. Cancelled it last fall when life looked pretty stormy, world-recession-wise, and we were doing the battening down the hatches prep, to be on the safe side.

I'll start it up again (and MediaBistro as well, maybe) when I truly need it. For me, it will be a while, since I'm drilled down editing and doing short stories right now (and enjoying that, actually).

Bottom line - if you're actually gonna actively use it, keep it. If not, now that you know how it works (I'm sure you scoured all over it, as I did) - just start it up again when you're ready, since it's so easy to do.

Whirlochre said...

I've not looked into this, but I suppose the thing is that if you haven't made a great deal of use of it, there might be better things to spend your cash on. Stuff for your new mantlepiece and such...

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I use it when I query (saw your name there from such and such sale, thought my project might fit your needs), which comes in spurts but hasn't been in a shamefully long while. (This afternoon. I swear it. Hold me to that!) I also maintain a webpage there that gets a wee bit of actual traffic, not just bots. But you have to decide what works for you. If you're not querying, I don't see how it's all that useful, and I do get tired of the constant stream of deals emails. Really should shut that off.

Chris Eldin said...

I had a membership for almost two years, and cancelled it last spring. It wasn't doing anything for my (ahem) writing career. A bit on the expensive side, plus seeing other people get deals got to be a bit old.
I'll renew it if I'm ever published... We should all chip in and get a group membership. Let's call it "Koala Claws" or some such.
:-)

McKoala said...

Nobody's raving, are they? I think I'll let it go for now. Thanks all!