Trial and Error

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askmar publishing, May 24, 2012 - Fiction
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Authors Introduction
1 Cold Plunge
2 Revision
3 Taboo
4 Ideas
5 The Short Story
6 Style
16 Editors
17 Book Publishers
18 Plausibility
19 Vocabulary
20 Amanuenses
21 Clinical ArcanaLiquor Women and The Writer
22 Authors Economics
23 ExcuriaPoetry Plays and Other Perversions

7 Temperament
8 MasqueradeThe Sex Element
9 Treatment Stories
10 Notion Stories
11 Character Stories
12 Follow Through Stories
13 Theme Stories
14 Newspaper and Magazine Features
15 Agents
24 Matters Cinematic
25 Warm PlungeThe Novel
26 Splashing AroundThe Novel II
27 Purl One Drop One
28 Completing The Novel
29 Research
30 Epilogue
End Notes

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About the author (2012)

He was born as Josiah Pitts Woolfolk in Chicago in 1894. His father was a doctor who died at age 49, thus he was brought up by his grandmother and educated at Northwestern University and Racine College. He started his literary career as a newspaperman working for several Chicago dailies, moving on to pulp magazines and to dozens of books. He was a skillful plotter, setting up clever situations and ingenious resolutions. In his autobiography, he states he sold over 1,000 short stories to over 60 periodicals. His book, Evangelical Cockroach provides 39 of his short stories. His fiction was highly controversial, regarded as salacious and he was branded a pornographer. His stories were filled with sex leaving people hot and bothered—that censors couldn’t touch because he never described any body part—his books having sensational titles as Sin and Such, White Meat and Love in Virginia. Today they are regarded as being mildly erotic and sexually suggestive. By 1940, 30 million people had read an article, book or short story by Jack Woodford. He stated, “I have more books in active print all at one time than any other author ever had in the entire history of the publishing business in the United States.” He wrote 60 novels from 1930 to 1953. From 1950 to 1954 he co-authored over thirty novels with young writers—apparently attaching his name to these unknown writer’s manuscripts. He wrote almost 20 non-fiction books primarily focused on how to write and get publish.

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