[three cents is two things about money and one thing about love, and I'll send it to you about once a month]
1. a thing about money:
How do you approach negotiating, whether for salaries or freelance gigs? Do you think the realities of negotiating are different for creative professionals? Are business blogs and LinkedIn tipsheets right about this stuff? Reply and I'll put some of the most useful answers in the next newsletter.
2. another thing about money:
If you'll be in the New York area this April, consider taking my one-day class about writers and money, Money Changes Everything, which costs money, but a fairly reasonable amount of it! It's at Catapult publishing, in Manhattan. My agent, Kate McKean, will be a guest speaker during the session. Also, I've been told there will be wine afterwards. Catapult also offers gift cards, so, you know... 'tis always the season for learning stuff!
3. a thing about love:
It has finally been rainy and cozy in California, and I have been thinking lately about The Days Of Young Love. That is how my partner and I once heard my stepmom and dad refer to their early courtship, and it was cute, so it stuck. The Days Of Young Love never last, of course—that particular brand of heat and tummyaches can't. But whether we are into the days of more-matured love or currently love-free, I feel like it's still important to keep an image in mind of that particular love's youth: the endorphin rushes, the activity-going, the overall unquenchability of two people who have newly discovered one another. Not because we miss it or regret leaving it behind or think we could ever truly recapture it, but because it is lovely and it was necessary and it is part of us, now—no matter whether it lasts, implodes, or never even gets off the ground. This could apply to non-romantic types of love, as well, I suppose—art, work, etc. But let's make it apply to romance today, shall we? Butterfly kisses for everyone!
department of buried ledes:
Speaking of stuff I love, I'm beyond thrilled to tell y'all that I have accepted a full-time job as managing editor of Zoetrope: All-Story, the fiction and art magazine owned by Francis Ford Coppola. All-Story is all kinds of acclaimed; most recently, it's been nominated for a National Magazine Award for fiction this year (going up against two little-known upstarts called Harper's and the New Yorker). It also happens to be my favorite magazine—really, truly. And I'm so excited and nervous and proud and pretty much all-around stoked to have a hand in making it. To show you just how stoked I am, I'm offering readers of this newsletter a 25% discount on subscriptions to All-Story—just use the discount code SCRATCH when subscribing here. I will now invoke a publishing cliché and say you really do have to hold this magazine in your hands to understand how good it is. The current issue was guest designed by artist Barry McGee (a.k.a. Twist, for those of you who were alive and around the Bay Area in the 1990s) and features short stories by Elizabeth McCracken (bow down) and Maile Meloy, among others. Pinch me.
department of linkage:
department of come say hi:
I'll be at the AWP conference in Los Angeles this year, from March 31 to April 2. I'm moderating a panel about writing + commerce with some terrific panelists. Deets:
The Odd Couple: Literature and Commerce
Manjula Martin, Kima Jones, Ayesha Pande, Karolina Waclawiak
Saturday, April 2, 10:30-11:45am
Room 408 A, LA Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
See you there?