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Written on May 31, 2009, and categorized as Links.
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  • The pre-1990 commercial publishing world supported two lengths of manuscript:
    the five-page magazine article, serving as filler among the ads
    the book, with a minimum of 200 pages
    Suppose that an idea merited 20 pages, no more and no less? A handful of long-copy magazines, such as the old New Yorker would print 20-page essays, but an author who wished his or her work to be distributed would generally be forced to cut it down to a meaningless 5-page magazine piece or add 180 pages of filler until it reached the minimum size to fit into the book distribution system…

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