Here are the books, periodicals, and organizations of most use to the working writer. Addresses and telephone numbers were accurate as of this writing, but you may need to do a little research to be sure the information is current.
Publishers communicate with each other through trade organizations and trade journals. The most important are the American Bookseller's Association, 828 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591, which publishes American Bookseller, and the Association of American Publishers, 71 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10003, which publishes AAP Newsletter. Almost everyone in the publishing business reads Publishers Weekly. Its subscription department may be reached at Box 1979, Marion, Ohio 43306-2079. A one-year subscription costs $169, but PW is available at almost every library. The magazine calls itself "The International News Magazine of Book Publishing," and it is. Trade news, "Forecasts"--brief reviews of forthcoming books--and information about the publishing industry's constant hiring and firing, all make their home in PW.
The publishing business--as a subject for books--attracts writers in substantial numbers. Some books are more accurate--and more useful-- than others. Even those that are out of print may still be valuable. Here's