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Moments of a Writer's Life, #33


The Moment I Talked My Way Into A Fourth Part-Time Job: PW reviewer; freelance editor; window washer – three part-time jobs and I still wasn’t making enough money to keep the mortgage paid while trying to get published, so when I saw an opening listed in the paper for a job at the library one town over, I went in and applied. I’d never worked in a library before, but they knew me there from my regular attendance at book discussions and they knew about my history as an independent bookseller etc. So I figured: Why not? Turned out, a member of the Friends of the Library also wanted the job so they told me they had to give it to her. How could they turn down a Friend? Still, with my background, they wanted to find a way to use me, so they created a new position that they wrote into the town budget: I would work a few hours a week at the Research and Circulation desks, but the bulk of my job would be special programming. I’d be paid to lead book discussions, run a writing workshop every two weeks and get authors to come to the library to give talks. So my typical days at this point consisted of reading whatever book I was reviewing for PW while walking in the morning; editing in the car on the way to window-washing jobs; washing windows; running library programs at night. And somehow in and around all of this, I was still writing novels.  

Lauren Baratz-Logsted is the author of 32 books, the most recent of which is The Disrespectful Interviewer: Thirteen Interviews with Authors