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Are book publishers as smart as your Advice to the Lit-Lorn column implies all the time? Paul Beatty's Booker-winning satirical novel, The Sellout, was turned down by eighteen publishers before finding a home! more

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Am I paranoid, or is my agent trying to hurry me up on my second book? more

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Should a poet put up with a poem being edited? more

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Is it my imagination, or has the proofreading of books gone downhill in the last ten years? more

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When submitting a poem to a contest or a journal, is it usual to include explanatory notes at the end, such as the source of a quoted sentence, or the fact that permission has been granted to quote? more

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I was surprised that your reply to Heather B., in the Lit-Lorn post Song in Print, did not mention “fair use.” While I’m aware that the definition of fair use is somewhat amorphous, it could be of use to this author. more

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I've been sending out stories to publishers for years but usually don't even get a brush-off. Just silence. Either I'm a terrible writer or my stuff is somehow missing the current trends in what is demanded by editors. more

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How do I find a publisher or agent if I don't have the experience of creating a manuscript? more

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Help! My first novel is in production, and I hate hate hate the publisher’s cover image. She’s great, and I like her and don’t want to spoil that, but nor do I want to cry myself to sleep every night. more

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When querying a publisher or agent, how does a writer include all the necessary data and still keep it short? more

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Do I need an agent to get my first book published? more

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I haven’t sent out very many submissions to magazines and agents because I'm working on my thesis for my Creative Writing MFA. Is it better to submit work and delay completion of the thesis? more

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How much can I object to my editor’s changes before I get a reputation for being a jerk? more

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I’m writing and drawing a book, a true story, and I don’t know what to call it. Comic book? Graphic novel? more

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I am interested in submitting some poems that I’ve written over the last five years. I have never published any poetry. Is it best to submit to a contest? more

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I have written a short story about a client (I help people deal with their hoarding issues). How do I tell the story of his living space and his attachment to his piles of stuff, and respect his privacy at the same time? more

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I've been submitting my short fiction to a number of Canadian publications. I know that with the exception of Mavis Gallant, nobody gets their stories published first try, but I am wondering if I am sending my work to the wrong magazines, as it were. more

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My agent showed my memoir around and got a rise out of two small, reputable independent publishers I’d be glad to work with, but one company wanted a slightly different focus in the memoir and the other recommended that I recast the story as fiction. more

Advice for the Lit-Lorn

ADVICE FOR THE LIT-LORN
WRITING QUESTIONS, QUANDARIES & PICKLES

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?

—Judy in Port Moody (BC) (seriously)

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