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Every Midget Has an Uncle Sam Costume: Writing for a Living


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Publisher:Barricade Books, 2002



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For anyone wishing to travel with a raconteur, a true renaissance man, this volume is your ticket for the journey. Murder mysteries, comedies, investigative journalism, westerns, biographies, Mafia novels: Donald Bain has written them all in a remarkable career spanning more than 80 titles as author or ghostwriter. In this book, which is both an autobiography and a key to becoming a selling writer, Bain races the reader along on the road he has traveled-from the sands of Saudi Arabia to the quicksand of Hollywood moviemaking; from Coffee, Tea or Me?, and the best-selling comedy series it spawned, to acclaimed biographies of actress Veronica Lake, and top model and CIA mind control experimentation subject Candy Jones; from the wildly successful mystery novels based on the popular TV show "Murder, She Wrote," to the most bizarre gang wars in our nation's history during Prohibition madness; as well as books on caviar, airline safety and stock car racing. Bain leads the reader into the publishing trenches, and introduces the fascinating, often strange people with whom he's dealt, relates experiences, funny and sad, from his long career, and celebrates having survived in a profession not noted for longevity. It will be an entertaining and informative addition to any creative writing syllabus.

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