The Role of Faith (the Non-Religious Kind) in the Writing Life

Scratch Q2 2014 Faith

The latest issue of my magazine Scratch is now available! The theme is Faith. If you’re not a subscriber, here’s what you can read for free.

The Scratch Interview by Cheryl Strayed by Manjula Martin

In this revealing interview, New York Times bestseller Cheryl Strayed talks about success, artistic faith, and how to bounce a rent check while you’re on the bestseller list. A snippet:

I feel strongly that we’re only hurting ourselves as writers by being so secretive about money. There’s no other job in the world where you get your master’s degree in that field and you’re like, well, you might make zero or you might make $5 million! We don’t have any standards in that way, and we probably never will. There will always be such a wide range of what writers are paid, but at least we could give each other information.

Click here to read the full interview (you won’t be sorry, but you will be asked to register as a free user).

Photo Essay: Library Road Trip by Robert Dawson

A father and son set out to photograph public libraries across America and discover beauty, decay, and endurance in the public commons.

Thumbsuckers: Intellectual Work in the Culture of Austerity by Ellen Willis

On the corporate takeover of artistic work in the 1980s—and how it changed this acclaimed critic’s career.

The Panda Ambulance by Beth Lisick

Odd jobs, power moms, and a small revenge.

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Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman (@JaneFriedman) has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential newsletter on the publishing industry for authors.

In addition to being a columnist for Publishers Weekly, Jane is a professor with The Great Courses, which released her 24-lecture series, How to Publish Your Book. She also has a book forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, The Business of Being a Writer (March 2018).

Jane speaks regularly at conferences and industry events such as BookExpo America, Digital Book World, and the AWP Conference, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund. Find out more.

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[…] The latest issue of my magazine Scratch is now available! The theme is Faith. If you’re not a subscriber, here’s what you can read for free.  […]


As a subscriber to Jane’s Scratch magazine, I highly recommend it to anyone that reads this post.

It’s a very deep look at money, and making it. 🙂 About 90 printed pages an issue.

debra elramey

Would love to have read the article but found no success in creating an account. Got nowhere with it.