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  • If you are widely published. If I have heard of you. If I have read your work on the subway. If you have influenced me. If you attended one of three Masters in Fine Arts in Writing programs. If you have won one of ten prizes. If you have written for one of twelve magazines. If you have landed at one of fifteen residencies. If you teach at one of fifty locations. If you live in Brooklyn. If you know so-n-so. If you drink scotch (neat). If you read everything by every major author ever. If you have one of thirty agents. If you wrote a bestseller. If your advance was one million dollars even. If your sentences are beauty. If I fall down in your world. If I stay.
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