of Mark Twain's typewriters, a Hammond model circa 1880
the first writer to submit a typewritten manuscript?
Mark Twain with "Life
on the Mississippi" (1883). A sucker for
new gadgets, he was one of
the first people to buy a typewriter,
calling it a "curiosity-breeding
people first kept written records?
That honor probably goes to the ancient
Babylonians. Clay books
have been found containing land sales, business agreements,
and judgmentsdated at more than 5,000 years ago.
invented the modern book?
people credit the Chinese with inventing books as we know
them today. Five
hundred years before Johannes Gutenberg became
famous for printing with movable
type, the Chinese had begun
doing so using porcelain or metal plates. In
Chinese were creating covers and tide pages and were binding
manuscripts in a similar way to our modem book.
much does the average writer or editor make in a year?
to the latest from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and
Statistics, beginning salaries
for writers and editorial
assistants average $21,000, making them some of
jobs of all. After five years on the job, writers and editors
about $30,000. Senior editors at the largest newspapers can earn
up to $67,000. These figures are for salaried positions; a large
of writers and editors freelance, making their job
security virtually nonexistent.
is the most successful book author
writing in the English language?
the richest author is Stephen King, whose estimated worth
is over $84 million,
the top-selling author of all time is Agatha
Christie. She wrote 78 mystery
novels that have sold an
estimated two billion copies.
... "Just Curious, Jeeves" by Erin Barrett & Jack Mingo