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One Writer’s “Recession Diary” Lands Book Deal

CaitlinShetterly.jpgAn NPR freelance correspondent Caitlin Shetterly has landed a book deal writing about her family’s struggles during the recession, perhaps offering a bit of hope to other writers grappling with the tough economy.

Shetterly (pictured, via) reported on her family’s recession struggles in a blog and in a “Recession Diary” feature for NPR’s Weekend Edition. The show followed her freelance struggles, climaxing as she moved into her mother’s house along with her husband and newborn daughter. According to Publishers Marketplace, ICM agent Kate Lee sold Shetterly’s memoir to Barbara Jones at the Voice imprint–scheduled for publication in early 2011.

Shetterly spoke about landing her book deal at one of the lowest points in her life, on NPR: “Suddenly a light appeared in the darkness. The book proposal I’d written about our journey West and back home again started to get interest from publishers. My agent set up phone meetings and then, overnight, there were offers on the table. We sold the book. That day we had $16 in our bank account and an empty fridge. Like that, our lives changed. Great, well, I just signed away our lives.”

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.