Monthly Archives: July 2007

First episode is out of the gate!

Now that there’s a show up, I’ve submitted the feed to iTunes, Yahoo! Podcasts, and Podcast Alley. iTunes and Yahoo! Are still chewing on my submission, but WFP is up on Podcast Alley: My Podcast Alley feed! {pca-8f68a3d11b9ee2925ea0f12da442b63d} As various directories list the podcast, you’ll start to see the sidebar fill up with buttons. So many… Read More »

Writing For Pay Ep. 001 Show Notes

WFP comes out of the gate strong with guest Jaq Greenspon, an old friend and a versatile freelance writer. 0:30 – Intro: An explanation and mission statement 4:00 – Jaq Greenspon graciously consents to an interview. 5:14 – Additional reporting by! 6:30 – Jaq almost breaks the “not getting laid” rule by talking about his red carpet interviewing gig. 7:22 –… Read More »

Writing For Pay Ep. 001 – Jaq Greenspon

Wade interviews freelance writer Jaq Greenspon. Recently Jaq’s been writing for the tabloids, working the red carpets of Las Vegas and getting snubbed by famous actresses. Glamorous! Show notes at

Writing true confessions

In the category of “writing gigs that are tough to explain at parties”, Michael Bracken has an essay about writing for “true confession” magazines at the Science Fiction Writers of America site. A true confession is a short story that’s based on an actual event: writers must sign a release attesting to the veracity of their story.… Read More »

Steve Rubel: Writing is Part of Almost Everyone’s Job

On his Micro Persuasion blog: Almost every white-collar job today requires good communication skills. There’s nothing new to report there. However, what is new is that much of the way we communicate today in business is in writing through email. So even if you’re not a scribe by trade, you’re a still a writer by default. I… Read More »

Word nerd: Counterfactual

This morning the Slate Political Gabfest discussed Elizabeth Edwards’ claim that her husband John would be a better presidential candidate for women that Hillary Clinton.В  Slate’s chief political correspondent John Dickerson called this statement “counterfactual.” In this context, “counterfactual” strikes me as a wonderfully diplomatic word. Ms. Edwards’ statement isn’t “wrong” or “a lie” or even “mistaken” – much… Read More »

It ain’t all sunshine and unicorn giggles

Game designer Wolfgang Baur talks about the “muddle in the middle” of large projects in his essay Why Writers Get Paid (which he describes as “a bit of a rant.”) The early stages of a project are always sunshine and unicorn giggles, laughter and frolic, all the tasty outer frosting of the writing cake. I love the… Read More »

Aloha! Welcome to my interblogocast!

You’ve happened upon the official blog for the Writing For Pay podcast, you lucky so-and-so! Right now I’m recording and editing the first three episodes of the podcast. I’m also setting up various behind the scenes mechanisms and making important decisions. The main one that I face is, how often will new shows come out? This series… Read More »

To begin at the beginning

“The only right way of telling a story is to begin at the beginning–at the beginning of the world. Therefore all books have to be begun in the wrong way for the sake of brevity.” – G.K. Chesterton