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Book Keeping: The 'Wonderful High' Of A Bidding War

Former Glamour columnist turns eight short stories into six-figure gold

By Peggy Bourjaily - June 6, 2007
Short story collections are legendary in the publishing world as tough sells. However, Lesley Dormen's The Best Place to Be -- A Novel in Stories (Simon & Schuster 2007) had multiple editors from top houses vying for her stories. With a few mild tweaks, linking them more closely and marketing the book as a novel in linked stories, she crossed the finish line with a six-figure advance. The Best Place to Be has been called a love song to New York, to women and to boomers. In a series of eight linked, non-linear stories, we follow Grace Hanford through her ...

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