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

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Read Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living Online Free - A collection of essays from today’s most acclaimed authors—from Cheryl Strayed to Roxane Gay to Jennifer Weiner, Alexander Chee, Nick Hornby, and Jonathan Franzen—on the realities of making a living in the writing world.

In the literary world, the debate around writing and commerce often begs us to take sides: either writers should be paid for everything they do or writers should just pay their dues and count themselves lucky to be published. You should never quit your day job, but your ultimate goal should be to quit your day job. It’s an endless, confusing, and often controversial conversation that, despite our bare-it-all culture, still remains taboo. In Scratch, Manjula Martin has gathered interviews and essays from established and rising authors to confront the age-old question: how do creative people make money?

As contributors including Jonathan Franzen, Cheryl Strayed, Roxane Gay, Nick Hornby, Susan Orlean, Alexander Chee, Daniel Jose Older, Jennifer Weiner, and Yiyun Li candidly and emotionally discuss money, MFA programs, teaching fellowships, finally getting published, and what success really means to them, Scratch honestly addresses the tensions between writing and money, work and life, literature and commerce. The result is an entertaining and inspiring book that helps readers and writers understand what it’s really like to make art in a world that runs on money—and why it matters. Essential reading for aspiring and experienced writers, and for anyone interested in the future of literature, Scratch is the perfect bookshelf companion to On Writing, Never Can Say Goodbye, and MFA vs. NYC.

Title : Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living
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ISBN : 1501134574
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Manjula rated it ★★★★★

February 09, 2017

I edited this book, so hell yes I am giving it five stars!

Hannah rated it ★★★★☆

December 15, 2016

I have a confession to make: I only requested the book because Cheryl Strayed and Roxane Gay's names were on the cover as contributors and I adore them both. I am not a writer, I have no intention of becoming a writer or working in any other creative capacity ever - so I am not exactly the target...

Eilonwy rated it ★★★★☆

June 14, 2017

This was a pretty interesting collection of essays about professional writing and money. Some of the writers were quite upfront about how, and how much, they get paid. Cheryl Strayed's contribution was very honest in describing how she and her husband were deeply in debt before she sold Wild, and...

Rachel rated it ★★★★☆

April 24, 2017

It took me a while to get through this collection of essays and interviews about writing and money, which I'll admit I mostly picked up because Roxane Gay is listed as a contributor. Some of the essays and interviews were more interesting than others, but overall it's a solid collection about mak...

Michelle rated it ★★★★☆

January 02, 2017

Scratch: Writers, Money, And The Art Of Making A Living is authored by Manjula Martin founder of Scratch Magazine (2013-2015), explores the skilled innovation of writing for self support and profit. Included are over 30 essays by successful and highly acclaimed authors, as well as those who haven...

Ava rated it ★★★★★

February 20, 2017

4.5/5 stars So I saw some reviewers say they found the book depressing, but maybe my expectations for making a living as a writer are super low or something because I actually found it encouraging. While not all of the essays focus exactly on making a living, the ones that did were frank and hones...

Hank rated it ★★★☆☆

March 13, 2017

An endlessly fascinating topic, but unfortunately many (or most) of the writers who contributed essays (or submitted to a Q&A) didn't really get into the nitty gritty of their finances, fees, book advances and other specifics -- as advertised on the cover. There's a whole lot of suffering her...

Richard rated it ★★★★☆

July 29, 2017

Really enjoyed this. A few essays were a bit flat or dry, but overall the majority were really interesting, and I enjoyed this a lot. Great advice. Loved the essays by Laura Goode, Jennifer Weiner, Alexander Chee, Roxane Gay, Julia Fierro, and Nina MacLaughlin

Caroline rated it ★★★★★

March 19, 2017

I've followed Manjula Martin since her 'Who Pays Writers?' blog and online magazine (also called Scratch) days. Scratch, the book, is a brilliant resource for writers, to help them understand and navigate the complicated world of making a living (or not) through writing. Freelancing - yes or no?...

Jeannine rated it ★★★★☆

June 30, 2017

Definitely interesting set of essays and interviews on how different writers interact with and think about money, from struggling poets to millionaire novelists and television writers. Several essays set my teeth on edge, but every one of them was refreshing in its sort of perverse glee in discus...

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