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Advice for the Lit-Lorn

What exactly is a preface? How long should it be? My editor has asked me to write one for my first book of non-fiction—a collection of essays, coming out in a few months—and I’m too embarrassed to admit my ignorance. Is it like an introduction? more

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Which is right: “Science is yet to find out why” (as it is worded in a reputable political/business magazine), or “Science has yet to find out why” (as I think it should be worded)? more

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I’m trying to apply for fellowships (internships) for some magazines to get my foot in the door, but I have no idea how to write my cover letter for these applications! Do you know where I can find some examples of cover letters? more

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Does "three year old" have hyphens in it, or not? more

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How can I find a literary agent, and information on publishers of illustrated novels, for my illustrated book about Amazonian myths and folklore? more

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What is the past tense of hang, in the sense of a person being hung (or hanged)? It would be grand if we never had occasion to use the term again, but meanwhile... more

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I belong to no writers’ groups or clubs or anything, and I’d like to find someone to do a first read of my finished novel to provide some advice. How can I find someone to read my book? more

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Which is correct: “painted with the same brush,” “tainted with the same brush” or “tarnished with the same brush”? more

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What is your advice on how to approach the problem of building a credible publishing record and avoiding the ridicule of being featured in a publication of questionable repute? more

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What is the difference between "in" and "among"? more

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Should I hire an editor before submitting my novel manuscript to an agent or a publisher? I can’t afford a big overhaul but I assume it will get a more serious reading if it is polished up. more

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When writing a short non-fiction story about someone, is it a bad idea to use the person’s real name? more

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Why do we have two words, almost identical, that mean “easily set on fire”? I’m talking about flammable and inflammable. Even dictionary writers seem embarrassed about this weird situation. more

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How important is it to set aside a completed draft, and for how long? more

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Can you recommend a really fast, really easy way to stay connected to the writing life when you just can’t carve out even an hour? My friend and I both have toddlers, jobs, partners and aging parents, and we are both writing novels. more

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What marketing tasks should a writer take on (or not), other than a social media presence, as you say in your post "Marketeers"? more

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Now that the lack of a serial comma in a state law has famously caused an appeals court in Maine, USA, to rule against a large company—potentially leading to a multimillion-dollar large settlement—do you stand by your policy of omitting that comma? more

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The question [Which is correct: “Ted asked me to come over” or “Ted asked me to go over”? February 1, 2017] isn’t just about direction of movement, it’s about indirect dialogue. more

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I’m wondering what your thoughts are about the role of facts in an essay, both historically and currently, and how much truth matters in an essay. more

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Who is responsible for marketing a book? more

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ADVICE FOR THE LIT-LORN
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What exactly is a preface? How long should it be? My editor has asked me to write one for my first book of non-fiction and I'm too embarrassed to admit my ignorance. Is it like an introduction?

—Still Learning, Saskatoon SK

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