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Fun Friday: Salinger Sang on a Cruise Ship, Stephen King Cleaned Toilets, While Faulkner Went Postal!

October 21, 2011

What Authors Will Do To Pay the Bills: Odd Day Jobs

Earlier this year I met Sonny Brewer who edited the anthology, Don’t Quit Your Day Job, which includes essays by Connie May Fowler, John Grisham, and Pat Conroy—just to name a few. According to Brewer, the authors in this book have, “…worked on the railroad, busted rocks with a sledgehammer, fought fires, wiped tables, soldiered and carpentered and spied, delivered pizzas, lacquered boat paddles, counted heads for the church, sold underwear, and, yes, delivered the mail. They’ve driven garbage trucks…They tell good tales. If you wonder what work preceded their efforts to produce a great pile of books, if you would like to know how they made the transition to, as William Gay said, ‘clocking in at the culture factory’, then this is the book you have been waiting for.” Brewer was one of the keynote speakers at the Pulpwood Queens Girlfriends Weekend (yeah—we let him in—even if he isn’t a girl…) and is quite a funny guy—Read him!

Recently in the news, I saw two articles that you’ll enjoy running along this same vein. The first was Publisher’s Weekly blog by Gabe Habash, Vonegut  Sold Saabs: 11 Author Day Jobs.

The second was by the funny folks at Flavorwire, Strange Day Jobs of Authors Before They Were Famous.

Enjoy reading both of these on this Fun Friday. And tell me: what will bloggers say YOU did before YOU were famous?



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