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Jan
1

My Top Five Freelance (and Life) Lessons from 2018

My Top Five Freelance (and Life) Lessons from 2018 2018 was a whirlwind of a year for me. I wrapped up my development work on the Legend of the Five Rings Roleplaying Game Core Rulebook before leaving my full-time position at Fantasy Flight Games to work at a textbook publisher. I was glad to continue to freelance for FFG, editing all of the L5R web fictions that were published last year plus Across the Burning Sands, writing the “Wedding at Kyotei Castle” adventure that was run at GenCon, and more. I attended AcadeCon as a special guest and put a face to a name for a ton of awesome podcasters I know and catch up...
Apr
19

+1 to Writing: A Conversation with Robert Denton III, Part 1

+1 to Writing: A Conversation with Robert Denton III, Part 1 How do you go from being a fan of a franchise to one of the people who gets to work on it? What is it like to write tie-in fiction, and what are some of the challenges these writers face? +1 to Writing is an ongoing series of interviews with writers at different stages in their writing career, from veteran wordsmiths to emerging authors. It looks at the RPG, tie-in media, and sci-fi and fantasy fiction industries in particular, and what those authors did to break in and keep growing their professional writing business. By the end of the interview, we hope readers...
Apr
5

+1 to Writing: A Conversation with Jennifer Brozek

+1 to Writing: A Conversation with Jennifer Brozek What does the path to becoming an RPG freelancer look like? How does that path differ if you want to write tie-in stories for your favorite IP, or if you have an idea for an original story? What does it actually take to go professional in the business, and what are the writing habits and creative mindsets you need to cultivate along the way? +1 to Writing is an ongoing series of interviews with writers at different stages in their writing career, from veteran wordsmiths to emerging authors. It looks at the RPG, tie-in media, and sci-fi and fantasy fiction industries...
May
2

Five Tips for Submitting to a Freelance Writing Open Call

Five Tips for Submitting to a Freelance Writing Open Call If you’ve ever thought about submitting a resume and writing sample to a company, there are a few basic guidelines you can follow to help maximize your chances of landing a trial assignment. These are drawn from my own experiences wading through the “slush pile” of freelance writer applications, so take that for what it’s worth. Follow the submission instructions. Companies need freelancers who can follow directions, so sending in something extraneous or omitting something mandatory can be a big strike against you. Organize your resume so that...
Jun
5

Five Freelance Writing Pitfalls

Five Freelance Writing Pitfalls I have a fabulous job where I get to work with writers on a daily basis (and even get to do some ghostwriting of my own on a somewhat regular basis). In the short time I’ve spent working there, I’ve realized that if you want to be serious about freelance writing, there are (at least) five things you need to make sure you’ve addressed before you go looking for work. 1. Know Your WPH (Words Per Hour) Do you know what your “average” words per hour rate is? Do you know what part of the day you write the most, what impact your energy level...

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