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During the 16 years that I edited Clockwatch Review, I often found myself wishing that every writer could work as an editor for a year. After all, it’s impossible to read 60-plus … Read more
Generally speaking, a query letter should: Be brief(preferably one or two single-spaced pages) and addressed to a specific editor by name. Avoid rambling “conversation” (“The weather here is horrible—I hope it”s better … Read more
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