Does anyone have any clue where I can find (in any format, although physical would be preferred) an essay written in 1964 (at least according to this site) by Philip K. Dick, that goes by the name of "Tips for the Beginning Writer"?

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    – user1027
    Aug 14, 2012 at 17:29
  • I didn't mean for the question to be a shopping question. Rather, I was wondering IF there is any way to get a hold of it. Either a physical copy or a digital one.
    – JNat
    Aug 14, 2012 at 17:32
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    and why, just to satisfy my curiosity, is my question regarded as a shopping question when this one (scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/31/…) is not?
    – JNat
    Aug 14, 2012 at 17:35
  • This would be reasonable of chat, btw. It's not that people here don't want to help you, just that this is not a good entry for the Q&A. Alas, I can offer no suggestions. Aug 14, 2012 at 17:47
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    @Keen Shopping questions are discouraged when it's a matter of comparing products or suppliers. This isn't the case here: the question asks where to find something that an official site claims exist but for which neither ISFDB nor Google turns up any source. We normally welcome this kind of bibliographic reference question. I'm reopening.
    – user56
    Aug 14, 2012 at 19:31

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Paul Williams, author of "Only Apparently Real:The World of Philip K. Dick", may be your best source when it comes to finding some of the lesser known writings of Philip K. Dick. I was able to locate him in the King County Library System.

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    Thanks for the answer, but according to Paul Williams' site he suffered "a traumatic brain injury in a bicycle accident, leading to early onset of dementia, and a steady decline to the point where he now requires full-time care.". So I'm guessing he won't, unfortunately, be able to help me much.
    – JNat
    Aug 15, 2012 at 17:38
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    But the books he wrote are still available. Good luck on your quest! :) Aug 15, 2012 at 19:03
  • Thank you! And I found a contacts page on the official PKD site and mailed them about it. Waiting for a reply!
    – JNat
    Aug 15, 2012 at 19:19
  • @JNat: Once you have a reply, do answer your own question... If you can. ^_~ Sep 20, 2012 at 5:46
  • @Sardathrion: they never replied... so I do not have any answer yet.
    – JNat
    Sep 22, 2012 at 10:29

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