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Monday, October 6, 2014

Writing Quote: The How-To Book: Don't Do as I Do, Do as I Write

     A friend of mine once wrote a "how-to" book about camping and hiking. On the book cover, as you might expect, is a photograph of the author, wearing a backpack out in the mountains somewhere. But what you wouldn't expect is that the backpack wasn't his; he had to borrow it. And what looks like a scene from Sequoia National Park actually took place in Central Park.

     As you may guessed by now, this self-procaimed "expert" on hiking and camping had never done either; but he did do his research. His book sold well and no one was the wiser.

Joel Saltzman, If You Can Talk, You Can Write, 1993 

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