Elementary, My Dear Writer

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is famous for creating the enduring character Sherlock Holmes. However, he started out doing far less creative and glamorous work.

He once commented that the turning point in any writer’s career is when publishers begin commissioning stories from the writer. Doyle’s first commission was a translation of a German article for The Gas and Water Gazette. The title: “Testing Gas Pipes for Leakage.”


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