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If You Don't Write Fiction by Cushing

+----------------------------------------------------+ |Transcriber's note | | | |Minor punctuation errors have been corrected without| |notice. The author's spelling has been maintained. | +----------------------------------------------------+

IF YOU DON'T WRITE FICTION

By CHARLES PHELPS CUSHING

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NEW YORK ROBERT M. McBRIDE & COMPANY 1920

Copyright, 1920, by ROBERT M. McBRIDE & CO.

_Printed in the United States of America_

Published. June, 1920

TO COUSIN ANN

who "doesn't write fiction," but who is ambitious to market magazine articles, this little book is affectionately dedicated. If it can save her some tribulations along the road that leads to acceptances, the author will feel that his labors have been well enough repaid.

The author thanks the editors of _The Bookman_, _Outing_ and the _Kansas City Star_ for granting permission to reprint certain passages that here appear in revised form.

C. P. C.

PREFACE

The publisher assures me that no one but a book reviewer ever reads prefaces, so I seize upon the opportunity to have a tete-a-tete with my critics. Gentlemen, my cards are face up on the table. I have declared to the publisher that nearly every American who knows how to read longs to find his way into print, and should appreciate some of the dearly bought hints herein contained upon practical journalism. And, as I kept my face straight when I said it, he may have taken me seriously. Perhaps he thinks he has a best seller.

But this is just between ourselves. As he never reads prefaces, he won't suspect unless you tell him. My own view of the matter is that Harold Bell Wright need not fear me, but that the editors of the Baseball Rule Book may be forced to double their annual appropriation for advertising in the literary sections.

As the sport of free lance scribbling has a great deal in common with fishing, the author of this little book may be forgiven for suggesting that in intention it is something like Izaak Walton's "Compleat Angler," in that it attempts to combine practical helpfulness with a narrative of mild adventures. For what the book contains besides advice, I make no apologies, for it is set down neither in embarrassment nor in pride. Many readers there must be who would like nothing better than to dip into chapters from just such a life as mine. Witness how Edward FitzGerald, half author of the "Rubaiyat," sighed to read more lives of obscure persons, and that Arthur Christopher Benson, from his "College Window," repeats the wish and adds:


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