“Dear Abby” for Books

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Stop any comparisons… turn to your own project with laser-beam focus, and bolster your own campaign as if you’ve spent years of blood, sweat, and tears working on this creative achievement—because chances are, you have spent years working on it.

Lit Hub launches a new advice column, “Ask the Publicists,” with publicists Kimberly Burns, Whitney Peeling, and Michael Taeckens all chiming in. By turn correcting, protecting, and comforting, this week’s column even includes a to-do list.


Kirstin Allio is currently a Howard Foundation Fellow at Brown University. Her story collection, Clothed, Female Figure comes out with Dzanc in 2016. Her novel, Garner (Coffee House), was a finalist for the LA Times Book Award for First Fiction. She has received the National Book Foundation’s “5 Under 35” Award, a PEN/O. Henry Prize, and has published many short stories, poems, and essays. More from this author →