I knew I wanted to be a writer from the age of eight. That was when I wrote my first short story called Katie Goes to Butterfly Land about a girl who turns into a butterfly.

Fast forward to almost twenty years later, and I have a lot of writing credits in my repertoire. I attended college for journalism, where I wrote articles for the school paper and had some of my poems published in the college literary journal. I wrote more articles for my local newspaper and even some scripts for the broadcast news station at the internships I did. Lately though, I’ve been trying to branch out for paid opportunities to publish my work, with the ultimate goal of publishing a book. Wanting to learn more about it, I found Scratch, Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living.

Scratch is an anthology, compiled by writer Manjula Martin, filled with essays and interviews from various authors and writers. The focus is money in writing and whether it’s possible to make a living solely off of writing, a topic Martin feels is somewhat taboo in the literary world. The book is split into three sections: Early Days, the Daily Grind and Selling Out.

One of the qualities I liked about this book is how diverse the writers are. Instead of focusing on authors of just one genre, Martin included pieces from authors of young adult, nonfiction, fiction, thrillers, and so on. Each writer had their own opinion on money in the writing world, some say you still need a day job, while others say it is possible to scrap by on writing. Numerous topics such as ghostwriting, publishing, and agents are covered. They really show how multi-faceted the business of writing really is.

I found it fascinating to learn about how the writers decided they wanted to write, how they came up with ideas and the different ways they execute their writing processes. Each author has their own voice, some truthful, others humorous, some even using expletives. It shows that not every writer is the same and aren’t always afraid to show their true selves.

I definitely recommend this book for people who want to learn more about the business side of writing and what goes into it.

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