An essential book for everyone interested in the profession of writing and seeking information as to what goes on behind the scenes in a magazine or publishing editorial office. First rate and really constructive guideposts to the how and whys of writing, the practices of successful writers, tips as to the mechanics of the job, a good ""practice scales"" as it were. Some of the material has appeared in the Atlantic --all of it is valuable as guide, philosopher and friend. Breezily written, from the angle of someone sympathetically looking out from the inner sanctum. Sell to writing groups, to women's club study groups, to individuals interested in the subject, to writing course professors at colleges, to public libraries.