From poor poet to wealthy corporate web writer in 5 minutes? I don't think so! We often get letters from literary writers that, in essence, say:
I reply very politely to people who email me in this vein, because I too have been where they are—struggling to keep food on the table as a writer and wishing there was an easy way to use my manifest literary talents for a better cash return. I offer practical advice, too, because I know exactly what they can do to earn money as a corporate writer. Actually doing anything at all would be a good start.
But their letters still astonish me.
How would you reply?
Image: cover of Despair by Vladimir Nabokov, found on The Rap Sheet