Now in bookstores!
Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living
“Manjula Martin has done more than perhaps anyone else to shed light on the financial nitty-gritty of the writing profession.” —The New Republic
In Scratch, “Who Pays Writers?” founder Manjula Martin has gathered interviews and essays from established and rising authors to confront the age-old question: how do creative people make money? In this collection, more than thirty authors—including Cheryl Strayed, Roxane Gay, Jonathan Franzen, Jennifer Weiner, Alexander Chee, Susan Orlean, Yiyun Li, Emily Gould, Kiese Laymon, Leslie Jamison, Porochista Khakpour, Austin Kleon, Choire Sicha, Meaghan O’Connell, Richard Rodriguez, Malinda Lo, Julia Fierro, Caille Millner, Alexander Chee, Mallory Ortberg, and many more—candidly and emotionally discuss money, MFA programs, teaching, freelancing, book deals, and what success really means to them. Along the way these amazing writers expose 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.
Pre-order your copy today: readscratch.com. Come talk with me and the book’s contributors about writing and money at an event near you.
“In this well-organized, fascinating anthology, a host of fiction and nonfiction authors share practical tips and emotional intelligence. . . . Highly recommended for both experienced and aspiring authors and for avid readers who want to learn the back stories of the contributors.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Martin’s collection removes the romantic veil surrounding the production of the written word and provides some solid counseling for aspirants on what it means to offer the labors of their heart for sale in the marketplace..” —Publisher’s Weekly
“In her introduction, Martin suggests that writers are “yearning for any scrap of information about how their own profession functions economically.” She’s right. . . . These voices occasionally stand at a miked podium and tackle ideology and institutions but more often pull up a chair with a cup of coffee to talk brass tacks. Readers will greedily (pun intended) soak up such details.” —Booklist (starred review)
“This is a book to be devoured. It’s truly inspiring and worth a read for writers and bibliophiles alike.” —Library Journal (starred review)