Weird Jobs of Famous Writers – #fanfun

By Bette Lee Crosby / September 17, 2015

Writers can do strange jobs before they get their big break. I saw this infographic online and it reminded me of the different jobs I’ve had over the years before becoming a full-time writer.

The strangest one was when I was the Marketing Director for an invention marketing company. Inventors brought their ideas to the company and the company helped them to get a patent, do the drawings, and then market the idea to industry.

Part of my job was to travel around doing TV & Radio talk shows talking about these inventions. Some of them were really strange – a toy chicken that laid eggs, a baby bottle that hung on the side of the crib (it had a hose long enough to reach the baby’s mouth with a nipple on the end). And I can’t begin to tell you how many male enhancement toys were in the collection, plus a wall unit holder that could be used to hold the other end of a bed sheet so it was easier to fold, a chimney-less fireplace, etc. I was on the Mike Douglas Show, the Joe Franklin Show, and lots of local shows called things like “Good Morning Baltimore” or “Late Night Canada”.

My first job out of college was a packaging designer. I used to do mostly pantyhose and soft goods packaging. That’s where I got started writing. When I needed copy for the back of the package the sales reps would say, “Just make something up.” So I did!

Oh yeah…and back in high school I worked at the soda fountain of an ice cream store/luncheonette. Free lunch – and it was always ice cream!

What’s the weirdest/strangest job you’ve ever had?

Weird Jobs of Famous Writers – #fanfun


About the author

Bette Lee Crosby

USA Today Bestselling and Award-winning novelist Bette Lee Crosby's books are "Well-crafted storytelling populated by memorable characters caught up in equally memorable circumstances." - Midwest Book Review The Seattle Post Intelligencer says Crosby's writing is, "A quirky mix of Southern flair, serious thoughts about important things in life and madcap adventures." Samantha from Reader's Favorite raves, "Crosby writes the type of book you can't stop thinking about long after you put it down." "Storytelling is in my blood," Crosby laughingly admits, "My mom was not a writer, but she was a captivating storyteller, so I find myself using bits and pieces of her voice in most everything I write." It is the wit and wisdom of that Southern Mama Crosby brings to her works of fiction; the result is a delightful blend of humor, mystery and romance along with a cast of quirky charters who will steal your heart away. Her work was first recognized in 2006 when she received The National League of American Pen Women Award for a then unpublished manuscript. She has since gone on to win nineteen awards for her work; these include: TheRoyal Palm Literary Award, the FPA President's Book Award Gold Medal, Reader's Favorite Award Gold Medal, and the Reviewer's Choice Award.

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