Being funny can be expensive in a place like Grand Rapids, Mich., where comedians often have to travel great distances looking for a gig.
Over the years it has been beaten into me that it is unequivocally better to have no publication credits than it is to publish something on your own.
There is a lot of pressure on the federal and state level right now to raise the minimum wage of $7.25 to something workers can actually live on.
The book I had in mind would not be very good. It would be better than everyone else's books but it wouldn't be very good. I was aiming for broad market appeal, shameless pandering to middlebrow tastes and prose more meretriciously sentimental than a whore on wharf. The book would be fast and it would be short. It would be published under a penname. It would help me to get by.