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A Writer's Memoir

Publishing is a personal story of a writer's hunger to be published, the pursuit of that goal, and then the long haul—for Gail Godwin, forty-five years of being a published writer and all that goes with it. A student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1958, Godwin met with Knopf scouts who came to campus every spring in search of new talent. Though her five pages of Windy Peaks were turned down and the novel never completed, she would go on to publish two story collections and fourteen novels, three of which were National Book Award finalists, five of which were New York Times bestsellers. Read more>>

"This book succeeds at giving an eye-opening look at the reality of what it takes to publish just one novel—or, in Godwin's case, 14." —Publishers Weekly


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