pick my brain: in which I respond to your career + writerly questions!

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Remember that time when I made a feeble attempt to launch a video series where I answered your career + writerly questions? Well, unfortunately this summer was the worst I’ve known with the passing of my beloved Sophie, among other things. However, it’s a new season, I’ve a renewed energy + perspective, and I’d love to tackle any questions you may have. Feel free to leave them in the comments below, and I’ll start posting videos very soon.

5 thoughts on “pick my brain: in which I respond to your career + writerly questions!

  1. I’ve worked as a professional writer—columns, news, books, etc.—for many years. Over the past couple years the pay rates have dropped so precipitously that it’s no longer a viable career. For me, anyway. It’s so disheartening to have these great talks with editors, get all revved up about a story, only to find out they’re planning to dole out the princely sum of maybe $50! And these are huge publications! (The smaller start-ups I expect this kind of thing from and can deal.) I am lucky enough to have copywriting work to fall back on, but it’s soul-deadening to only write marketing copy all day. This is going to sound insane, but I feel kind of bitter about the work I love. Like it’s betrayed me! How do I quit being resentful and keep writing good stuff? Even if I’m not getting paid for it?

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  2. I really enjoy reading your blog! I just finished writing my first novel and am currently finalizing my editing on it. My question for you is how did you meet your agent for your books and what advice could you offer to a novice like myself in the world of publishing? Thank you!

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  3. I read — and loved — your memoir, but where does your fiction come from? It’s so stunning and different. I love writing non-fiction, but I can’t figure out fiction for the life of me. It feels like it’s not in me, even though I want it to be. Any tips for crossing over?

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