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Nicole Chung offers insights into building a creative life, and interacts with readers in an advice column on friendships, family, and writing.

Why We Need Independent Publishers
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Why We Need Independent Publishers

Many writers have been able to publish books and build careers because an indie publisher saw something in our work.
Kids Will Still Read Banned Books
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Kids Will Still Read Banned Books

It seems a harsh and frankly hopeless errand to try to keep literature away from young people because you fear they will be exposed to ideas and opinions and experiences you may not share.
On Pitching and Rejection
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On Pitching and Rejection

I still don’t know of any way to deal with rejection other than to take whatever lessons it provides and start planning the next attempt.

I’m an author, writer, and editor whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, GQ, Time, The Guardian, and Vulture, among other publications; I also wrote a weekly advice column for Slate. My first book, All You Can Ever Know, was a national best seller and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Previously, I led the digital editorial team at the independent publisher Catapult, and before that I was the managing editor of The Toast. I’m now working on two more books and earnestly look forward to being able to tell you which will be published first.

If you have a question you’d like me to answer in my advice column, please send it to ihavenotes@theatlantic.com. You can ask for advice on any subject, though I’ll be keeping a particular eye out for questions related to friendships, family relationships, and creative work and goal-setting. By submitting a letter, you are agreeing to let The Atlantic use it—in part or in full—and we may edit it for length and/or clarity. Letter writers’ names and emails will never be shared.

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