Dead Writers Make More Money Con Chapman

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Dead Writers Make More Money  by  Con Chapman

Dead Writers Make More Money by Con Chapman
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Most people are better off alive than dead, but not writers. For example, dead writers are almost universally more famous than living writers. As poet Anne Sexton cracked when she heard that Sylvia Plath had committed suicide, “Good career move.”TheMoreMost people are better off alive than dead, but not writers. For example, dead writers are almost universally more famous than living writers. As poet Anne Sexton cracked when she heard that Sylvia Plath had committed suicide, “Good career move.”The economics are compelling as well. Think about it- once you’re dead, your cost of living declines dramatically, while the royalties keep rolling in.

Every dollar of revenue drops to the bottom line, as the accountants say, not that anybody asked them. Thus, even a writer as prosperous in his lifetime as J.D. Salinger has an eternity ahead of him in which to make more money than he did when he was hiding from adolescent admirers in rural New Hampshire.Of course, the exact moment when a writer should kick off is hard to determine with precision. You don’t want to die too young—after all, you’ve got to crank out your oeuvre. On the other hand if you hang on too long, you’ll cut into your afterlife revenues.

Ask one of those chatty accountants in the paragraph above when the moment is right.I applied three rigorous tests in choosing the pieces contained in this collection: first, they had to be about a writer- second, the writer had to be dead- and third, they had to be written by me.

I wasn’t going to waste my time putting together a collection of humor written by somebody else. I’d rather die than do that.I hope this collection makes you feel as good as I felt when I finished it. As I laid down my pen—actually, turned off my computer—after finishing it, I was able to lean back in my chair and say the words that sustain a writer through those long years of obscurity:“One day closer to posthumous fame.”



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