Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living

S. & S. Jan. 2017. 304p. ed. by . ISBN 9781501134579. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781501134593. LIT
OrangeReviewStarMartin (founder, Scratch Magazine) asks writers, how do you make a living? From journalists to genre novelists, Martin brings together a compelling collection of essays on the writing life. Personal accounts, anecdotes, interviews, how-tos, and cautionary tales provide a vivid, often humorous look at the wizard behind the curtain, dispelling myths and sharing wisdom on everything from writing with a day job to buying a house. While there are a number of collections on the life of the writer, this one delivers a refreshing, diverse variety of voices that will appeal to professionals and hopefuls alike. Contributors range from the critically acclaimed to New York Times best sellers, agents, freelancers, indie writers, bloggers, artists, screenwriters, and more, with the tone of the essays ranging from serious to tongue-in-cheek. Reading like confessionals by some of the best in the business, as well as lesser-known and soon-to-be known talent, each story carries a heavy dose of truth to balance the hope and passion of beginning writers.
VERDICT This is a book to be devoured. It's truly inspiring and worth a read for writers and bibliophiles alike.
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