It Takes a Certain Type to be a Writer: Facts from the World of Writing and Publishing

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Conari Press, Aug 1, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 193 pages
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Erin Barrett and Jack Mingo are the Queen and King of trivia, relied upon by game shows including Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and game manufacturers. Millions of people read their daily newspaper column and together they've written twenty books. The sixth book in the Totally Riveting Utterly Entertaining (TRUE) Trivia Series puts a magnifying lens on the wacky world of writers. It Takes a Certain Type to Be a Writer will tell you everything you could possibly want, or were afraid, to know about writers, publishing, and the writing life. Bite-sized facts are organized into chapters including "Everyone's a Critic", "Stranger than Fiction", "From Bad to Verse," "Kiddie Lit", "A Word's Worth," and many more. You'll learn things like: where Proust wrote (in bed with gloves on); what Voltaire drank (70 cups of coffee a day); and how James Cain prepared himself for yet another publisher's rejection. (The title The Postman Always Rings Twice had nothing to do with the plot of the best-selling novel. It was a private joke of author James Cain. His postman would ring his doorbell twice whenever the many-times-rejected manuscript came back from a publisher.)
 

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Contents

Dont Quit Your Day Job
1
If at First Dont Succeed
18
Whats in a Name?
24
The Ties That Bind and Sometimes Gag
37
Tips Tricks of the Trade
49
Everyones a Critic
55
Stranger Than Fiction
72
Quoth the Writer
79
Kiddie Lit
105
thirteen
114
Saint Sinners Quirks Outrages
120
Easy Reading Is Damned Hard Writing
132
A Words Worth
148
Random Facts from the Bibliophiles
158
the End
178
Selected References
191

From Bad to Verse
89
By the Numbers
94
Youre My Inspiration
101
Acknowledgements
194
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Erin Barrett and Jack Mingo have authored 20 books, including How the Cadillac Got Its Fins, The Couch Potato Guide to Life and the best-selling Just Curious Jeeves. They have written articles for many major periodicals including The New York Times, Salon, Reader's Digest, and The Washington Post and have generated more than 30,000 questions for trivia games and game shows such as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. Their website, which lists their "This Day in History" nationally-syndicated column.

Erin Barrett and Jack Mingo are the authors of twenty books, and the best-selling Just Curious Jeeves, How the Cadillac Got Its Fins, and The Couch Potato's Guide to Life. As info-mavens and pop-culture commentators, they have written articles for many major periodicals and generated 30,000 questions for trivia games. They live in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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