Articles published in The Writer, a periodical widely used by amateurs and professionals the country over, are here brought together, with an eye to permanent form for those to which reader reaction pointed as providing constructive help, balance, scope. A good tool for beginners, with practical information plus plenty of ""pep"" talks and inspiration. There's a good salting of the ""confession"" type of thing (and lots of people like to know how others work); personal experience on methods, advice on markets, on agents, etc., etc. Lists at back of book valuable for reference (bibliography, lists of publishers and agents and periodicals, and so on). Vocational and career shelves -- schools and libraries.