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Dear Geist, How do I go about publishing a short text—really a coda to a published book—that I edited some time ago? Read more

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Dear Geist, Am I stuck with the book editor my publisher assigned to me? Read more

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Dear Geist, My book has been hijacked! What should I do? Read more

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Dear Geist, Is it cricket to sell a freelance article, then make a few revisions and sell it to a different periodical? Read more

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Dear Geist, What can I do with the manuscript of my novel, all said it “needed work” but gave me almost no details? Read more

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Dear Geist, Does all writing always have to conform to a publisher's house style? Read 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? Read 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? Read 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. Read more

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

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Who is responsible for marketing a book? Read more

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What should a writer do when a magazine editor makes editorial errors? Read more

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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! Read more

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

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

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

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

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

 

Can you possibly tell me immediately, or sooner, the difference if any between luxurious and luxuriant

 
—Fingers-Crossed Dean
 

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