The Brave Writer
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The Brave Writer

How a Book Deal Led to a Blogging Deal

When the sideshow becomes the main act

Why you should pursue side gigs

In 2003, I was offered my first book deal. I turned it down.

I had submitted the above art sample to an editor at Houghton Mifflin. She loved the piece and asked me to write a story around it. I emailed her back that I was “not a writer.” I was only trying to find illustration work.



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Carlyn Beccia

Author & illustrator. My latest books — 10 AT 10, MONSTROUS: THE LORE, GORE, & SCIENCE, and THEY LOST THEIR HEADS. Contact: