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Recession Writing Survival Tips

amandambd.jpgAs novelist James Ellroy reminded us yesterday, the job outlook for writers these days is positively Darwinian.

Today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was FishbowlNY editor Amanda Ernst, talking about her recent trip to The Today Show. With the help of financial reporter Jean Chatzky, she received advice about surviving as a freelancer in these rough times for writers–good intelligence for all literary types during these gloomy days.

Here’s an excerpt from this morning’s show: “I’m a freelancer, and going from being unemployed to being a freelancer, I’ve been totally afraid to look at my bank statements. I needed someone to help me deal with it, because I don’t know what I’m doing.”

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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.