Writers are hustlers. When you get paid cents per word, you’ve got to write a lot of words to make ends meet. And that’s getting harder to do in a crowded market. Anyone can blog. We all learn to string a few sentences together in high school. What’s the point in paying a professional?

In journalism, there’s actually a crisis because of that dynamic. There are as many reporters working today in the United States as there were 40 years ago. The machines that made publishing a lucrative business — actual printing presses — are rusting over. It’s not that there’s a lack of writing. There’s a lack of money to pay anyone to do it. For most folks writing for a living, that means writing whatever, whenever and however.

Christiaan’s guests on this edition of Out to Lunch Acadiana both write to pay the bills — and that’s not an easy thing to do. They wear a lot of hats to make ends meet and satisfy their curiosities.

Poet & hustler Charles Garrett

Charles Garrett

Writer Charles Garret has led a curious life himself. He’s been a firefighter, a salesman, a mixed martial artist and a poet. Coming this year he’s launching a new venture Tora Arts that will turn back the clock on the communications industry – ditching the digital age for the honest touch of snail mail.

Romance, travel writer, publisher Chere Coen

Chere Coen

As a journalist, Chere Coen is a travel writer humping around the south for adventure and good eats. As Cherie Claire she’s a writer of romance novels— and a prolific one at that — publishing as many as two e-books each year.

Whatever medium they work in — journalism, poetry, advertising — today’s writers are hustlers, ready for the gig economy.

Writer hustlers Charles Garrett, Chere Coen, Christiaan Mader

Charles Garrett, Chere Coen, audio engineer Kieran McIntosh, Christiaan Mader

Out to Lunch is recorded over lunch at The French Press in downtown Lafayette. Photos by Lucius Fontenot.

More conversations over lunch with Acadiana writers here.

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