Because the large publishing houses mostly want to acquire blockbusters, it's tough for writers who are unproven, or who write serious literary or special-interest works to sell their manuscripts. This is the guide to the other world of publishing: the small, independent and alternative publishers. Containing over 5,500 full-description listings, The Directory is arranged alphabetically, and indexed by subject and region. This is not only for writers; if you're doing research or just looking for special-interest periodicals beyond what's in the drugstore, this is a great source. Most likely your library will have it, but writers may want one of their own.