January 31, 2017
Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living
"You look down and you keep on writing, revising, reading, reckoning, working...because that's what real black writers do." ~ 31%
Scratch is intended for aspiring authors, already published authors and leisure writers. The tips and advice are truly worth reading. It addresses writing and money, work and life, literature and commerce. You'll get inspiration in knowing you're not alone with writing struggles, learning monetization, handling advances, diversity in publishing, selling out, how to work hard and read dead. Scratch is not meant to discourage writers but to prepare you for the challenges.
"Rewrite your story—past, present, and future drafts." ~ 3%
Contributors include Roxane Gay, Alexander Chee, Emily Gould, Harmony Holiday, Yiyun Li, Daniel José Older and Jennifer Weiner. It is edited by Majula Martin. Some essays are better than others; some essays may not be relevant depending on the stage of writing you are. But still add Scratch to your bookshelves alongside Poynter's Publishing Manuals, Oxford's Essenial Guide to Writing and Stephen King's On Writing. Treat yourself to knowledge. Decide when, or if, to quit your day job.
Disclaimer: This book was received directly from the publisher for review purposes only. In no way does it influence my review. The opinions I have expressed are honestly my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.
Title: Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living
Author: Various; Edited by Manjula Martin
Published: January 2017
Challenge: Popsugar—A Book with a Subtitle; Bookish Kill Your TBR—Read a Book That Supports My New Year's Resolution
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