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Gettin' Paid

October 3, 2003 |


Mr. Keillor,
My goals in life are to be a good writer and a paid writer. What do I need to do? I'm not looking for abstracts or broad rules to live by. I write every day, and I do my best to live life to the fullest and make up for youthful inexperience with intense scrutiny. I have a growing body of work. What do I need to do to get people to buy it?
— Chelsea

Dear Chelsea,
Literacy in America is not a booming phenomenon, thanks to
television which has reduced the alertness of many of our fellow citizens to that of slugs in March. So to get people to buy it, you have to make it sing or jump off the page or tell them a secret so fascinating they will drop everything to listen. It ain’t enough to be interesting, kid. You have to pack some voltage.

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