Writers struggle to be heard among the din of social media, all the folks who want us to ‘jot down’ the bestselling book they have imagined, friends and fre-enemies who write but can never hit the ‘publish’ button and the legions of writing advisors who all have the right answers for struggling writers not being published. Then there are the rejections and the ghosting. What hurts is that many of them come from agents, contests and online publishers who send such enticing emails – “we want what you write!” It’s like an episode of “Bad Boyfriend’. You polish up that special work of fiction, pay your entry fee (usually in USD) and send it in, with great hope. But you never hear from them…

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