Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living Audiobook, by Manjula Martin Play Audiobook Sample

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Read By: Sean Crisden, Robin Eller Publisher: Tantor Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.75 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: May 2017 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781541473256

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Longest Chapter Length:

34:02 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

06:34 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

16:50 minutes

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Publisher Description

In the literary world, the debate around writing and commerce often begs us to take sides: either writers should be paid for everything they do or writers should just pay their dues and count themselves lucky to be published. You should never quit your day job, but your ultimate goal should be to quit your day job. It’s an endless, confusing, and often controversial conversation that, despite our bare-it-all culture, still remains taboo. In Scratch, Manjula Martin has gathered interviews and essays from established and rising authors to confront the age-old question: how do creative people make money? As contributors including Jonathan Franzen, Cheryl Strayed, Roxane Gay, Nick Hornby, Susan Orlean, Alexander Chee, Daniel Jose Older, Jennifer Weiner, and Yiyun Li candidly and emotionally discuss money, MFA programs, teaching fellowships, finally getting published, and what success really means to them, Scratch honestly addresses the tensions between writing and money, work and life, literature and commerce. The result is an entertaining and inspiring book that helps readers and writers understand what it’s really like to make art in a world that runs on money—and why it matters.

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Directly address the issue of money . . . In her introduction, Martin suggests that writers are 'yearning for any scrap of information . . . About how their own profession functions economically.' She's right. So, she writes.

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About Manjula Martin

Manjula Martin is a writer and editor. She is coauthor with her father, Orin Martin, of Fruit Trees for Every Garden, which won the 2020 American Horticultural Society Book Award. Her nonfiction has appeared in the New Yorker, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other outlets. She edited the anthology Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living, was managing editor of Francis Ford Coppola’s literary magazine Zoetrope: All-Story, and has worked in varied editorial capacities in the nonprofit and publishing sectors.

About the Narrators

Sean Crisden is an actor and Earphones Award-winning narrator. He has also voiced characters in numerous video games, such as the award-winning ShadowGun, and has appeared in many commercials and films, including The Last Airbender.

Megan Tusing is an actress, known for The Beginning and the End, The Share, and Odd Jobs. She has a bachelor’s degree in theatre from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.