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Writing Trade: A Year in the Life
     

Writing Trade: A Year in the Life

by John Jerome, Richard Balkin (Foreword by)
 

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The chronicle of a year in the life of a practitioner of one of the most lonely and fiscally precarious jobs, the freelance writer. Jerome's diary of the "workaday process of making sentences for a laving" has inspirational lessons for writers and artists in all media.

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The chronicle of a year in the life of a practitioner of one of the most lonely and fiscally precarious jobs, the freelance writer. Jerome's diary of the "workaday process of making sentences for a laving" has inspirational lessons for writers and artists in all media.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In summing up his writing production in 1989, Jerome ( Stone Work ) enumerates one book review, a magazine feature, 15 600-word essays for a runner's calendar, ``some miscellaneous other short bits, and this manuscript.'' Not much in terms in output (nor in payment), he suggests; on the other hand, the year brought high praise for his latest book, ideas for other book proposals and precisely that quality of daily life that he and his wife left magazine editing in Manhattan 20 years earlier to pursue in rural Massachusetts. Neither manual nor diary, these 12 chapters, designated by month, comprise reflections on personal events quotidian and unique--from the daily walk with his dogs on a trail through the woods known as the loop to enduring his wife's month-long absence at a writer's colony. Ruminating occasionally on his publishing history and industry friends, and offering a tip or two for freelancers, Jerome mostly records his interaction with his immmediate world. Often he despairs of his need to treat experience as material but that urge is precisely what gives these good-natured, otherwise unexceptional observations their resonant tone. With a keen eye and inquiring mind, Jerome is a wise and knowing guide through a full turn of seasons, on the loop and at the keyboard. (Jan.)
Library Journal
From his home in western Massachusetts, freelance writer Jerome shares with us his month-by-month observations of the continuity in both nature and the writing process. He describes honing new ideas, ``researching'' while hiking, taping notes while walking the dogs around the ``loop,'' surviving the ups and downs of reviews, and, overarching all, earning enough money to pay the mortgage by writing what he wants to write rather than ``taking in a little laundry.'' As in Staying with It ( LJ 5/1/84) and Stone Work ( LJ 5/1/89), the latter ripe for publication and comment during the writing of this book, Jerome examines the philosophical as well as the physical aspects of the work at hand and achieves his writing goal: ``to present it the subject matter so easily you don't know you're getting it.'' Recommended for writers of all levels.-- Cathy Sabol, Northern Virginia Community Coll., Manassas
Booknews
Freelance writer Jerome shows "how a writing life works: a book about the workaday process of making sentences for a living." The book, Jerome's journal for 1989, is a reflection on personal events that have shaped Jerome's life and his 30-year writing career. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9781558214248
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/01/1995
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.57(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.73(d)

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