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How do I make the best query or pitch to an editor?
Most editors are inundated with queries, so take this first opportunity to set yourself apart from the rest. The type of query letter you write depends on the kind of editor you’re approaching. Are you looking for an independent editor to improve your work before you shop it around for publication? Or are you querying an editor at a publishing house or literary magazine? You’ll work with these types of editors differently, so you’ll want to tailor your letter accordingly. But
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How do I write about a fuzzy memory? What if I don’t remember exactly what happened?
Even while writing fiction, for which we’re afforded a certain creative license, it can be crucial to recount the past accurately. No matter where our writing lies on the fact/fabrication spectrum, there’s always a level of truth we’re trying to achieve. If you depend on the memories of others, and have access to willing and honest participants, it might be useful to conduct interviews. Even if you doubt their memory/honesty, their misinformation can be informational. What do
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How do I know which publishers or magazines to submit my work to? Should I submit to them all?
I wouldn’t suggest submitting your work to all the publishers and magazines. Not only is it likely impossible, it wouldn’t be a good use of your time and resources. When it comes to deciding where to submit your work, it pays to do your research. If you’re like me, chances are you’re unable to buy all the literary magazines and books you want to read. However, you can learn quite a bit from scouring publishers’ websites. Take a look at their mission statements, their about pa