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HINTS TO AUTHORS.

A great many people think it the easiest thing in the world to write for the newspapers. In this they are correct. All you have to do is to get a five cent bottle of ink, a pen, and ten cents worth of foolscap, and the hardest of the labor is done. Don’t try to write a good hand, a scrawl in which your n’s and u’s are exactly alike is an indication of genius, and if you blot your writing with your elbow the editor will increase your wages and call you the angel of the sanctum. Use red ink, the paler the better, but if you can get milk write with that, and use a pen that makes holes through the paper every other line, for manuscript without holes is always the work of beginners. When you have written a book or a serial, don’t send the entire manuscript off at once. The editor always likes to receive it in chapters, and if you send the fiftieth chapter first he will bless your memory. It is his duty to assort and number your pages, an 3 if you send it all at once properly arranged and punctuated, he will know that you are some painstaking, halfstarved garret bird, and reject the stbry/ Don’t fasten your pages together, for the editor likes to see them

%IH 'i. ■:.,. -*,-'V[!.!. - —1 ■“ 1 ifail infto the Spittoon • when he unties the ; on, six sides of the sheet, and *W l .different inks, .if; possible.' postage, for, ; the; {pq^ljsti^’afeaysjkeeps si fupd for un-* gpfeid .postage, rAh friend of mine once -broke this rule; he. paid all the postage .biftlselfi 'and the result was that he ;was| to ■ .write.: another line for; 'ffiM' pa’pef, and one morning he was (lead in his Bed,, .killed. np. ; (4qpM by one of the;hiredassassins of;[the! office. ■. // ■'*

If you send your book by express, make the publisher pay all the charges, :and- then telegraph him a synopsis •*)! the chSrges of telegram to be paid by him. The- synopsis prepares * Wha '’for the manuscript, 'and he'iwill ' by; a stnctregimenget ready to readmit ;;upderstandingly. ' fiq to wpte hijh; every other day 3 jo j kbpw * wben.v your, ,'stpry will. appear. -Postal.cards were made for this express ■purpose. 1, ; tr. Your story* of course*, takes -■'-precedence- of all others, and -if the edltpf^dpes 1 hd.t. seem tb -think. this; ire port hirti to the publishers and he wil be discharged at once. Ask a. re spectable price for your labor. Huge e’gejts'a; 1 dollar' a word j ; j don* t ask;tfiidfei ’ eighty cents fpr. yodr stbry. ; Men o' genius Charge By syllables; I gqt forty ' per syli^je./dj, : this article,' htlc such words a,S [ Constantinople anc polyCotyledsuous would soon reap yoi

a harvest. r ask .the editor what he think!; *4 answer 'such question, 4 man of seose-he will say that it indicates J-genius/ Tell hirb/jtoretum your VstOry if any corrections afcef to be made, but clif’.yoniendds'e/stainpsiit i.will: sent back ; never 1 ‘You-can insult ah editor ip _no mpre flagrant manne^thah 1 stetnp||s a 1 ihanuscripty return. : 1 i

If you are a poet—and of course yoy will .not send in a poem, containing less than one hundred verses Spring is a subject seldom treated i; Milton once wrote on it, and a fellow life hand'; bujt ;'theyifailed, sb the field,iS left open t<|) |-you,: rtet down thebars,, and go in ; a waiting world will thank you, and the editor will hail you* .poem with delight). Poetry is hot hard to write; therefore, don’t ask over ten dollars a stranza for yobrs. J AH poetry sent to- the papers is accepted, for but little is Sent; indeed sometimes obliged.,,to " ; ; vortjse fer it. Such. young beginners .r asiiTennyson; Longfellow, and Whittier ■j-.write-aigood but; the publisher ■ atid the public are ■ dyingfor Something frqm your pen. , Don’t forget this. ; ■ ' Asiinuchbf the copy is set up after, dark, you will oblige the -compositor if r; you will write across .the page, from tob • lo bottom as ! well as from left to' right. •. Hejikes to get this kind of and ( ybur work will appear, without ah error, especially if the proof-reader is out of town.; If you don’t spell'very correctly, never mind ; the compositor knows Webster by heart, and takes pleasure in: correcting .misspelled manuscript. A s he ia always an‘intelligent man, with a large family of triplets to support, hie gets fifty cents for every word corrected;; . so help him. along. Finally, if you don’t write for thje press until you are dead; you will bje iiinore 1 successful, and your fame as a literary man will never be disputed-h never. ' . /

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HINTS TO AUTHORS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 491, 14 November 1881

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HINTS TO AUTHORS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 491, 14 November 1881

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