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Author Archive: "Mona Simpson"

Publication Day

Never underestimate midlife career change.

My next job is going to be writing for Hallmark. I'm going to launch the "How to torment a writer — any writer" series.

My first card will open to:

When is your book coming out? This is a particularly apt choice for someone whose last book came out more than a decade ago or for someone whose other books have now fallen out of print. For the latter, also: Have I heard of you?

Do you have an agent? might be good selection for an aspiring writer.

Akin to What do you do?

"Nothing," I remember once saying in answer to that question, asked by a bald man across from me at a round table. His wife, wearing pearls, whispered.

My date later explained, "Next time, you could say you work at blah blah blah and you're writing a novel."

That same year a friend of mine lied and said that she had a contract with Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Within the year, she had sold her novel to Farrar, Straus and Giroux. I always thought she ...


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