Don't Quit Your Day Job: The Adventures of a Midlist Author


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Holy Cow Press
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6.0 X 0.4 X 8.9 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author

A Duluth, Minnesota native, Michael Fedo is a graduate of the University of Minnesota--Duluth, and taught 10th and 11th grade English at Duluth Denfeld High School, coaching tennis and football for two years before attending graduate school at Kent State University in Ohio, where he received an M. A. in broadcasting and theater. He spent the next thirty-two years teaching at colleges in Ohio, New York, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. During his more than five-decade writing career, he has published hundreds of articles and essays in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, Reader's Digest, McCall's, Runner's World, America, and elsewhere. His short stories have appeared in Gray's Sporting Journal, American Way, America West Airlines Magazine, North American Review, December, and in many other literary quarterlies. He is a former book reviewer for the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and for ten years taught writing at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. His essays have been broadcast on Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Florida Public Radio. Don't Quit Your Day Job: The Adventures of a Midlist Author is his tenth book. Please visit


"Across the years and in any society or setting, certain truths prevail about the writing life -- starting with, as Michael Fedo puts it, that people become writers because they can't not do it. This is a wry and amusing look at the challenges, rewards, and practicalities of making your living (and life) through the written word."--James Fallows, co-author with Deborah Fallows, of Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America

"With several acclaimed books to his credit and many appearances in such prestigious places as The New York Times and The Christian Science Monitor, Fedo's story is nevertheless one of persistence in a world where most published books lose money. Fedo acknowledges that J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series makes more money in one day than he has made in nearly fifty years of successful publishing. This detailed account will stand as both a warning and an inspiration to the thousands who put their words on paper with the hope of success. I've never read a more honest and compelling account of a real writer's life."--Jim Heynen, author of Ordinary Sins and The Boys' House

"Michael Fedo is the happy possessor of a light touch, and it serves him well in this book-length accounting of what it is like to be a foot soldier in the grand army of the word. No MacArthur maybe, no Georgie Patton with pearl-handled revolvers on his hips--just a steady, hard-slogging GI Joe of a writer, putting in the hours, adding up the pages, polishing the prose."--Robert Lacy, author of I Remember Highway 80

"What's it really like to be a writer? Michael Fedo parts the curtains for a hard-to-find, brutally honest look at the writing life-the hard work, the occasional successes, and the paychecks along the way. If writing is largely about risk, do you have what takes to be a writer? This book will help you decide."--Will Weaver, author of Sweet Land and Memory Boy