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The Fiction Factory

William Wallace Cook

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .t the printed copy of same for our examination, and if we find it suitable we think we could use some of your material in this line.

Mr. Jones, whom you refer to in your letter, is one of our regular contributors.

Yours truly,

Harte & Perkins.

Here was the opening! Edwards lost no time in taking advantage of it and sent the following letter:

Chicago, March 25, '93.

Messrs. Harte & Perkins, Publishers,
New York City.


I have your letter of the 23d inst. In reply would state that I have done some writing for Beadle & Adams ("Banner Weekly") although I have none of it at hand, at present, to send you. I also am a contributor to "Saturday Night," (James Elverson's paper) and have sold them a number of serial stories, receiving from them as much as $150 for 50,000 words. It is probable that material suitable to the . . . Read More

Community Reviews

The language is dated & takes a little while to adjust to - but the content is worth reading. It contains some amusing anecdotes regarding authors and publishers. Some of the content is dated due to advances in technology - but there are still some good pieces of information in there that time doesn

Interesting period piece, but extremely badly dated and all but useless in craft terms or about how he did it.

An interesting glimpse into the world of a hack writer more than a hundred years ago. But I confess I had to skim the second half.

Interesting Read

This is the story about a guy with infinite pen names.. He was a one man writing machine during 1890's to 1912. He wrote in every genre and his pen name always fit the genre. The amazing part that makes his life unbelievable is some years he cranked out 100-300 total full novels, nov

A fascinating look at the writer's world 100+ years ago, couldn't put it down.

This is the book that inspired Erle Stanley Gardner to take up writing professionally.

Despite the third person viewpoint the story is actually written by the author (although under a pseudonym). It is his personal story of how he came to leave his dreary office job behind and earn his living as a full-time writer. He includes the ups and the downs, the times when his work sold well a

This was an impressive autobiography of one man's interactions with his typewriter and various publishers.

I am very dubious now of successful authors.....more

William Wallace Cook is the "Plotto" guy, if you're familiar with him. This is NOT a book on plots, or how to write, etc., etc., but an autobiography. It's funny: he writes about himself in third person, which makes everything from his biggest successes to the times he gets screwed sound slightly ir