Go write video games

Doug Cohen recently made an impassioned plea to science fiction fans and writers to subscribe to SF short fiction magazines in order to resurrect the market. Jeremiah Tolbert responded by comparing this effort to buggy whip manufacturers struggling to save their endangered industry. He agrees that the short fiction market is dying, but thinks that writers should move… Read More »

Writing For Pay Ep. 002 Show Notes

Caught up in Pottermania, WFP geeks out with writer, editor, and game designer Wolfgang Baur. 0:25 – At Third Place Books, buying Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows. 2:07 – Wolfgang Baur takes a break from training his hordes of clockwork ghouls to have a word with us. 2:39 – From gamer to writer to editor at TSR. 5:50 – The… Read More »

Jaq Greenspon’s books on Amazon

Loyal WFP listener Jes asked if I could provide links to publications that come up in conversation when I’m interviewing writers. I think this is abrilliant idea, and I’ve updated the first episode’s show notes with links to my guest Jaq Greenspon’s books: Careers for Film Buffs & Other Hollywood Types Music (VGM’s Career Portraits) Acting These are… Read More »

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 http://writingforpay.org

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 »