Books: You Too Can Write

As countless aspiring authors have learned, writing a book is seldom half the battle. The real trick is to get it published. Of the thousands of unsolicited manuscripts mailed to U.S. publishing houses each year, only a tiny percentage ever get into type. One house recently looked back over its records, found that in eight years it had received 16,000 such manuscripts, published just three.

What does the rejected author do when his manuscript thuds back to him? He still has two classic choices: 1) writing it over again, and better; 2) locking the whole thing away in his attic trunk. Nowadays...

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