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Frank Gruber's first sale as an author came with a short story the Two Dollar Raise which went to a Sunday School newspaper The payment was 350 The time was 1927 and for Gruber this first sale meant much than being able to get a job as an editor of a farm paper on the basis of being a published author It meant the beginnings of a massive assault on the pulp jungle


10 thoughts on “The Pulp Jungle

  1. says:

    Publishing is changing Advances are going down it's getting harder to push through the traditional publishing bottleneck and people are choosing indie publishing Going it alone means having to do all your own marketing and even importantly being prolific in order to boost your visibilityIt's for this reason that I've been studying the old pulp days when writers often got paid only half a cent a word and had to write reams of tales in order to make ends meet Many starved while others made a decent living and a few made it bigFrank Gruber was one of the lucky few He wrote for all the best pulp magazines sometimes earning up to two cents a word and ended up writing novels and for Hollywood tooThe Pulp Jungle gives a fast paced fun account of Gruber's struggle to make it as a writer during the Depression and is filled with anecdotes of those long gone days For example when he was really down in the dumps he'd go to the Automat a coin operated self serve restaurant and get a free meal It turned out that hot water was free as was ketchup so presto Tomato soupThe story follows Gruber as he works his way up from poverty to middle class comfort through grindingly hard work cultivating contacts in the industry and sheer optimism and persistence The book is filled with portraits of other writers such as one who was hosting a party and announced around midnight that he had a 12000 word story due the following morning Gruber assumed the party was over but instead the host went to a corner with his typewriter banged out 12000 words and then poured himself a gin and rejoined the partyAs Gruber says They don't make them like that any Anyone who is a writer will find this book inspiring Readers interested in classic pulp fiction will find this book to be a fascinating glimpse into how those stories were made


  2. says:

    Frank Gruber wrote and wrote and wrote He wrote over 400 short stories 53 novels 65 movie screenplays 100 TV scripts created 3 television shows and sold 25 of his books to the movies At his height he was writing over 800000 words a year He admits in the book that some of his early stuff was trash but he sold a lot of books in the United States as well as in foreign markets with over 850 editions published in 24 different countries for total sales of over 90000000 copiesHe is rarely read today


  3. says:

    One of the earliest the earliest? memoir by a pulp writer it is a fun read but mostly for those of us interested in the back story of 1930s writers There is a lot of name dropping but a lot of the people mentioned would be only familiar to those who already know the people involved In at least one case Gruber is the source for what happened to a writer Well recommended to pulp and 1930s 1950s buffs who want behind the scenes info


  4. says:

    Very much a worthy read for pulp fans with many amusing anecdotes


  5. says:

    Reading this book is enough to make today’s writer feel lazyI first heard about it through an off mention in a Dean Wesley Smith post and decided it was worth the effort to procure Reading through confirmed it was worth every penny to get it to my doorstepWhile it can be looked at as a history book of where writing was in the thirties as it follows the lives of those who wrote for the pulp magazines ”pulp fiction” it’s really a story about what writers were doing and sacrificing to earn a livingGruber does a lot of name dropping which would be neat if you knew who any of these authors were but the gems were in between and a few times on the lines While today’s bite sized social media laden messages about rejection and never giving up are meant to be an inspiration it was an accepted part of the job for these writers Gruber speaks about the numerous times he kept submitting to magazines without any avail for years in a few cases and how this was the normYou submitted work and it was either accepted or rejected You hoped for acceptance but if you didn’t get it you kept going Even after establishing yourself there was still a chance you would be rejected as was the case with Gruber trying to break into Hollywood Then there were the stories of the work ethic of these writers including one who in the middle of a party realized he needed to submit a 12000 word short story for publication in the morning He sat in the corner typed non stop for four hours then came back to enjoy the festivitiesThere is also an entire chapter between the meeting of Gruber and Max Brand the pen name of one of America’s most prolific literary giants Between the consistent output and constant drinking it’s stunning to hear his commitment to the written wordGruber does provide direct advice to writers near the end What’s telling is the advice he gives here written in the 1960s is identical to what every working writer suggests todayPut your butt in the seat write a lot read a lot and put it out thereI’m glad to have read through this one


  6. says:

    I enjoyed this short look at the life and experiences of a pulp fiction writer


  7. says:

    An absolutely fascinating look into the daily life of a pulp writer and his astonishing real life rags to riches story Useful advice and inspiration for writers that still rings true even today


  8. says:

    The Pulp Jungle 1967 This is Frank Gruber’s autobiographical account of his days as a pulp writer starting during the Great depression and through to the early forties when he moved to Hollywood as a screenwriter It really is about a guy who was passionate and driven about becoming a writer A number of other key writers from the pulps are referenced including Steve Fisher Raymond Chandler Carroll John Daly Dashiell Hammett Erle Stanley Gardner Lester Dent and others It’s basically one rejection story after another followed by one sale story after another But it’s a nice glimpse at a lost way of life and his upfront ness is engaging


  9. says:

    Superb memoir of Gruber's efforts to first get into writing for the pulps then books then HollywoodIt's filled with anecdotes about writers of the era he knew Like Raymond Chandler Erle Stanley Gardner Lester Dent Walter Gibson and a host of others I didn't knowI'm by no means any kind of expert on the pulp era


  10. says:

    Happily I have finally scored a copy of this book after many failed searches Frank Gruber was right in the thick of the pulp era having had a multitude of stories and novelettes published in Black Mask and Dime Detective Magazine and scores of books This is both a memoir of an amazing writer and the history of Black Mask Magazine