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1998 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market is an essential reference for fiction writers who are ready to sell--or at least publish--their work. With this guide on hand, you have no excuses for blindly sending your pages off to whatever publisher's address you can find, regardless of your specialty or theirs. No longer will you staple a story for a staplephobic editor, or merely paperclip a story for one less organized. Book and magazine publishers (2,200 of them!) tell you how they want your pages attached, what types of paper they despise (onion skin gets an all-around thumbs down), and whether they like, or dislike, serifed type. In addition to the seemingly superficial but make-or-break nitty-gritty, this book offers a wealth of information from editors and writers of all stripes.

The greatest volume of thoughtful advice--beyond read, read, read; write, write, write; revise, revise, revise--comes from the editors of literary journals. "Restrain your prose but not your imagination" (Chasm). Emphasize "quality, intellect, grace and guts" (Kelsey Review). "If you haven't thought about every word, every piece of punctuation, don't send it" (The Lowell Pearl). "Stop trying to be clever--it insults the reader--if you're a clever writer, it will be reflected in the finished product" (Oatmeal & Poetry). Sue Grafton writes about using a journal as a "verbal repair shop," Isabel Allende talks about the "magic in storytelling," and four editors address issues of manuscript-submission etiquette. Also included is information on fiction-writing contests, conferences, organizations, and other resources. And, finally, a wise word (or 17) from the book's editor, Barbara Kuroff: "Take as much care searching for potential markets for your work as you have in crafting it."

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