When I was ten years old so was the Great Depression. Bread was a nickel a loaf, a new house about $10,000, a great salary was $25.00 a week. So when I read that Mark Twain got ten cents--ten cents!--a word for his early writings, I counted the words in just the first two two chapters of Tom Sawyer and decided that writing was the way to go!
PS: Been doing it ever since--sometimes still--for ten cent s a word.
Terry Galanoy: best-selling author, award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist, TV writer-director, song writer, marketer, adman, educator is one of the more inspiring (if not exhausting) leaders of the new breed of cross-media communicators.
•Author of seven major hard cover books (three reprinted in soft cover) issued by major publishers; Doubleday, Putnams, Warners.
Down The Tube Regnery, hardcover Pinnacle, soft
Tonight! Doubleday, hardcover Warner, soft
Charge It! Putnams, hardcover
The Basset System Contemporary, hardcover
Sports Cars In Action (Co-Auth) Holt, hardcover
Leisure Alternative (Co-auth) Holt, hardcover
The Golden Man Ryan Press, UK , hardcover Trade paperback and e-book: KIndle, etc.
•Over 300 articles and stories printed or reprinted in top national periodicals including Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan, Readers Digest, Road & Track, Esquire, Collier’s, Time (stringer).
•ASCAP lyricist; with eight tunes recorded by top artists on major labels.
•Television DGA-WGA writer-producer-Director; CBS staff, six produced specials. CBS Metronome Award. .
•Chicago TRIBUNE columnist; Los Angeles TIMES Feature Writer. Los Angeles PRESS-TIMES reporter.
• Creative Director; Leo Burnett, Kenyon & Eckhardt, Campbell-Ewald advertising agencies; over 40 major creative awards.
• Professor or Senior Instructor; Creative Writing, Stanford University, UCLA, USC.