Make. More. Money. When I was offered $800 for a long article, I said, “I was thinking of something in four digits.” The editor said, “I’ll get back to you.” A day later, I got the call: “We can’t do $1000. The most I can pay is $875.” I said, “Sold.” Now, $75… Continue reading Writers Lifeguard 142 Make. More. Money.
Robert James Waller has died. Robert James who? Think back. Way back. 1992. Best-selling novel that all the critics hated. One more hint, please. Meryl Streep starred in the mov— The Bridges of Madison County! Robert James Waller wrote the book. That’s the guy. He just died in Texas at 77. OK, but why are… Continue reading Dearly Behated
WILL/WON’T WORK FOR FOOD [I wrote this in 2012. Now, examiner.com has suddenly and without any real advance notice to its “content providers,” closed up shop.] How is it, dear friends, that so many of us don’t just say no? We gnash and moan at the parlous, perilous, ever-worsening state of writing for pay… and… Continue reading WRITER’S LIFEGUARD: WILL/WON’T WORK FOR FOOD
I hope that in this year to come I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing… Continue reading My (via Neil Gaiman) New Year’s Wish for You
MEET THE LIFEGUARD … FOR SOME TIME NOW, I’ve been thinking of starting a list for writers and writers only. We share so many pleasures and privations, sometimes I just feel like sharing mine and hearing yours. But “thinking of starting” is a long, long walk from “starting.” Today I’m taking the walk. Why… Continue reading WRITERS LIFEGUARD