Excerpt from The Business of Writing: A Practical Guide for Authors
Perhaps, he felt a little fullness in his throat. What a hard and roundabout route he had come since then! If he could at that time, when he was so eager, have known but a little of what he now knew, how many sad mistakes might he not have avoided. And, indeed, how differently it all might have been with him today!
He read on. And his feeling changed to one of amazement at realizing what a great number of people there are in the world trying to write but with no more than the faintest or most garbled notion of the business of writing for publication.
His friend had seemingly read his thoughts, for as he looked up his friend remarked: "There's a chance to do some good 'missionary work' - in writing an article about such letters as these. It ought to clear up a good deal of misunderstanding in the minds of beginner-writers who might read it. And I should think, too, that editors and publishers might be glad to see some such educational matter broadcasted."
The article was written, and was duly paid for by the magazine.
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