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Sweet Reward: From Unemployed to Award Finalist

He has not held a steady job for nearly two years and, for the first time in his life, he is not anxious about finding one. Mr. Jones still remembers the day his agent told him that he was getting a real advance for “The Known World” and the new collection of stories, so he could stop worrying about a consistent paycheck and begin focusing on being a writer.

“It was then, I think,” Mr. Jones said, “that I began to have just an inkling that I was worth something.”

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