The Business Side of Being a Writer

Taking care of yourself is the first, and maybe only, rule

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This is a sad story. Wait, let me start first with the happy part of the story, since that’s relevant to the sad part. The other day, quite unexpectedly, I got a large, thick envelope from Anthem Blue Cross, informing me that I had qualified for health insurance through the Writers’ Guild. Hallelujah! This…



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Susan Orlean

Staff writer, The New Yorker. Author of The Library Book, The Orchid Thief, and more…Head of my very own book club (join me!)