The Daily Port of Call: April 1, 2014

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Photo by Alexander Lvov/

In today’s Daily Port of Call, you’ll find a debate about whether you should write what you know, intellectual property and copyright basics, and an interview with an editor.

Write what you know. Is this helpful advice or idle cliché?

Here is Annie Dillard on the art of the essay and narrative nonfiction vs. poetry and short stories.

Need to know some intellectual property and copyright basics? Wise Ink has you covered.

Find out the secret of Christina Baker Kline’s success with Orphan Train: a change in format, a change in subject matter, and a key retailer promotion.

Here is an interview with Allie Sommer, an editor with Little, Brown, on editing philosophy, pet peeves, and more.

Don’t know what to read next? Here is a chart with the best books of the 21st century (so far) and how to choose according to your mood.