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.
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).
A father and son set out to photograph public libraries across America and discover beauty, decay, and endurance in the public commons.
On the corporate takeover of artistic work in the 1980s—and how it changed this acclaimed critic’s career.
Odd jobs, power moms, and a small revenge.
If you subscribe, then you’ll also get access to the following stories:
- Contracts 101: Subsidiary Rights. This is part of my continuing series on book contracts and what you need to know before signing on the dotted line.
- Deconstructing the Book P&L. My in-depth breakdown of how most publishers decide what books to publish, including a downloadable spreadsheet.
- From High Times to Publishing Futurist. My interview with magazine industry insider Bo Sacks.
- The Scratch Roundtable: Creative Writing Professors. Esteemed authors and professors talk about writing students, creative writing degrees, and what place business has in the classroom.
- Freelancer’s Journal: The Content Farmer. Andi Cumbo-Floyd reveals what a typical day is like in the life of a copywriter and social media ghostwriter.
- And more! Review the entire table of contents.