How can I keep up to date with what's happening in the market?
This is a valid question. After all, I'm always telling students that they should address their submissions to a named editor, but people change jobs in any industry and it is important to keep up to date.
A good first port of call is Freelance Market News which is available from Writers Bureau. (www.freelancemarketnews.com) This provides details of many publications, not just in the UK, but abroad as well.
Other magazines which you may find useful include:
The New Writer (www.thenewwriter.com)
Writer's News and Writing Magazine (www.writersnews.co.uk)
Mslexia is aimed at women who write (www.mslexia.co.uk)
Writers' Forum (www.writers-forum.com)
Useful Writing Websites include:
Jacqui Bennet Writers Bureau (www.jbwb.co.uk)
Ask About Writing (www.askaboutwriting.net)
Guidelines for hundreds of magazines (www.writerswrite.com/writersguidelines)
And finally, and excellent forum based website is My Writers Circle (www.mywriterscircle.com)
Good luck - but don't forget to do some writing whilst you are busy surfing the web!