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Chapter Fifty-Three

Revise Your Path to Publication

Assessing Your Current Trajectory and Adjusting for the Best Outcome

Jane Friedman

Don’t you wish someone could tell you how close you are to getting published? Don’t you wish someone could say, “If you just keep at it for three more years, you’re certain to make it!”?

Or, even if it would be heartbreaking, wouldn’t it be nice to be told that you’re wasting your time, so that you could move on, try another tack, or simply write what brings you personal pleasure, with no other aim in mind?

I’ve counseled thousands of writers over the years, and even if it’s not possible for me to read their work, I can usually say something definitive about what their next steps should be. I often see when they’re ...

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