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It's not hard to figure out where "One Thousand Dollars a Word" came from. The situation it describes was authentic enough, although I never heard of anyone who found the protagonist's particular solution to this dilemma.

Back in the first half of the twentieth century, and even well into the 1950s, a prolific writer could make a respectable living writing short fiction fo
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Kindle Edition, 16 pages
Published November 1st 2013 by Lawrence Block
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Melki
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
"Trevathan sat at his battered Underwood and stared at a blank sheet of paper. The paper had gone up a dollar a ream in the past year, and he could swear they'd cheapened the quality in the process. Everything cost more, he thought, except his own well-chosen words. They were still trading steadily at a nickel a piece."

James Trevathan just earned a nickel a word for the detective story he sold to the magazine.
He's been earning a nickel a word for the last twenty years.

Now he sits nervously in fr
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Col
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, b
Synopsis/blurb.........

It's not hard to figure out where "One Thousand Dollars a Word" came from. The situation it describes was authentic enough, although I never heard of anyone who found the protagonist's particular solution to this dilemma.

Back in the first half of the twentieth century, and even well into the 1950s, a prolific writer could make a respectable living writing short fiction for magazines. There was a great profusion of markets; the better ones paid generously, and even the mar
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Kevintipple
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It is a very familiar plight for just about any writer. James “Jim” Trevathan wants a raise and after twenty years he doesn't think it is unwarranted. He is a writer for a magazine edited by Warren Jukes. Jim has been placing stories nearly every month for over twenty years and still gets only 5 cents a word. He wants and deserves more.

Editor Warren Jukes isn't prepared to pay more. In his mind there is no need. If Jim wants more money he better produce more stories each month. Or, he can just h
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Randy
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Trevathan is a mystery story writer known in the genre, his stories always sold, and he managed to get by.

Barely.

He'd begun at a nickel a word and twenty years later, he was still getting a nickel a word. Approaching the editor to which he sold his stories, he asks for more money and gets a litany of all the expenses that have gone up over the years. The magazine barely hung on, there was never a surfeit of material to buy. At a nickel a word.

Go do something different.

So he did.

A nice little cri
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Jonathan Sweet
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Maybe it's because I'm a writer, too, but I love the premise of this story: Writer told they can't pay him anymore money than he was making years ago, so he comes up with a creative solution that will pay him a thousand dollars a word.
Worth noting (as is noted in the product listing, as well) that this story is included in his omnibus collection "Enough Rope" Do yourself a favor and buy the whole thing -- it'll keep you reading for a long time and is filled with great stories by this master.
Andrew Smith
Nov 16, 2013 rated it liked it
I'd read the back of a fag packet if it was written by LB. Time spent in his company is always good time. You'll not spend much time if you pick this story though, so don't dip into your hard earned money to get it. It's an amusing enough tale though and you can read it in the time it takes to wait for a kettle to boil.
Eric
Dec 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of short stories, Lawrence Block
You can just feel the palpable frustration of Lawrence Block, fiction writer in this short story about a short story writer. Well done.
Gef
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, humor
An entertaining tale of a struggling writer--yup--and his efforts to keep making money. Clever ending that put a smile on my face.
Rick Ludwig
A fun little piece that I'm sure the author enjoyed writing. I like the point of the story, but found it a little too easy to predict the ending.
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Lawrence Block has been writing crime, mystery, and suspense fiction for more than half a century. He has published in excess (oh, wretched excess!) of 100 books, and no end of short stories.

Born in Buffalo, N.Y., LB attended Antioch College, but left before completing his studies; school authorities advised him that they felt he’d be happier elsewhere, and he thought this was remarkably perceptiv
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