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Theodore Sturgeon called THE BUSINESS OF BEING A WRITER "the second best reference book a writer can have,after the dictionary." Harlan Ellison said, "It may not make you a better writer, but it will keep you from being a poorer one." Isaac Asimov said, "Read [this book]. It will tell you everything clearly and interrestingly." Published in 1982, before the widespread use o Theodore Sturgeon called THE BUSINESS OF BEING A WRITER "the second best reference book a writer can have,after the dictionary." Harlan Ellison said, "It may not make you a better writer, but it will keep you from being a poorer one." Isaac Asimov said, "Read [this book]. It will tell you everything clearly and interrestingly." Published in 1982, before the widespread use of personal computers, the Internet, and electronic publishing, the book concentrated on writing and selling to the print media--books and magazines. Updated excerpts are now being reprinted on various topics--still focused on those primary areas, but still applicable to the current-day writer. This excerpt discusses finances, work habits, pen names, and other points a writer should consider seriously before starting a career in writing.


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Theodore Sturgeon called THE BUSINESS OF BEING A WRITER "the second best reference book a writer can have,after the dictionary." Harlan Ellison said, "It may not make you a better writer, but it will keep you from being a poorer one." Isaac Asimov said, "Read [this book]. It will tell you everything clearly and interrestingly." Published in 1982, before the widespread use o Theodore Sturgeon called THE BUSINESS OF BEING A WRITER "the second best reference book a writer can have,after the dictionary." Harlan Ellison said, "It may not make you a better writer, but it will keep you from being a poorer one." Isaac Asimov said, "Read [this book]. It will tell you everything clearly and interrestingly." Published in 1982, before the widespread use of personal computers, the Internet, and electronic publishing, the book concentrated on writing and selling to the print media--books and magazines. Updated excerpts are now being reprinted on various topics--still focused on those primary areas, but still applicable to the current-day writer. This excerpt discusses finances, work habits, pen names, and other points a writer should consider seriously before starting a career in writing.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    wally

    found and started this one earlier this year...down-to-earth discussion about the business of writing...short sweet and to the point...i wonder if mark twain ever got any checks in that name and how he handled the situation? makes you wonder, doesn't it, if there are some checks floating around w/his name...his pen name? "mark twain"....course, i don't think he hurt for money, you? thought maybe goldin is updating this...or something...what with the new technology and what not. found and started this one earlier this year...down-to-earth discussion about the business of writing...short sweet and to the point...i wonder if mark twain ever got any checks in that name and how he handled the situation? makes you wonder, doesn't it, if there are some checks floating around w/his name...his pen name? "mark twain"....course, i don't think he hurt for money, you? thought maybe goldin is updating this...or something...what with the new technology and what not.

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