the search after a publisher.
Every literary man expects to receive every week or two a letter, generally from a woman, containing some sentences like the following:
I have lately written two stories for the — which, to my great disappointment, were returned.
Could you not recommend me to some paper where such stories would be accepted?
I think, comparing them with even the literature of the best magazines and papers, that they will not fall below it much.
I have some longer stories that I think might be accepted by some papers or magazines if I only had some good friend to speak a word for me. Now my health is better, and I could write constantly if I could only receive encouragement.
I would gladly write a year without payment, if at the end of the year I could commence to receive remuneration for them.
Please, dear sir, to answer me, and give me some hints.
Oh, if I could write, and after a time get payment for my articles, I should be a most happy being!
and if you can secure me a place in some paper, so that I can have a