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Helpline

Your writing problems solved with advice from Diana Cambridge

Email your queries to Diana (please include home-town details) at: diana@dianacambridge.co.uk or send them to: Helpline, Writing Magazine, Warners Group Publications plc, 5th Floor, 31-32 Park Row, Leeds LS1 5JD. She will answer as many letters as she can on the page, but regrets that she cannot enter into individual correspondence. Publication of answers may take several months. Helpline cannot personally answer queries such as where to offer work, or comment on manuscripts, which you are asked not to send.

QJust how long does one wait to hear back from mainstream publishers – not those who publish if you pay them? I sent my novel to three different well known publishers six months ago, and have not heard a thing. Is there a set time which, after that has passed, one assumes that one has got nowhere?

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