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The Startup

“Burn This Manuscript”

My agent told me to destroy my first novel — and propelled my writing career

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My agent told me to burn my first novel. It really was that bad. But how I responded provides some damned good lessons on how — and how not to — launch a writing career.

I had an agent because I’d already published a first book, a memoir about anorexia. I was 25, had never…

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