Some experts claim that the Australian Shepherd pant provides a pretty good soundtrack for novel reading.
Some experts claim that the Australian Shepherd pant provides a pretty good soundtrack for novel reading.

Today's Craigslist Gig: Read Some Fiction in The Company of Two Dogs

How desperate are you for cash? You cool with some dog slobber?


Then here's a, uh, golden opportunity for you, via Phoenix Craigslist:

Do you enjoy reading fiction? Would you be interested in reading novels and getting paid to do it?

A local publishing company here in north Phoenix is looking for readers starting at 9 a.m. Friday, September 24.

Since the reading will be done in their home, the ad says you must be okay with two, friendly, medium-size Australian Shepherd dogs.

Um, ok.

If you're interested, they ask you to send a resume, phone number, three references, and a list of five books you have recently enjoyed reading by some of your favorite authors of modern commercial fiction.

New Times hasn't been to this place so can't one-hundred-percent verify that this opportunity is on the real. However, a woman named Leslie, the person presumably behind the listing, responded to our e-mail inquiry with the following:

"Of course this post is legit. You and ten other people come to my home, read a manuscript, give me an emotional response to each chapter, answer some questions at the end, get paid and go home."

Here's a link to the ad.

Read at your own risk.

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