Monthly Archives: November 2010
An interesting article in the Observer talks about how writers — novelists and screenwriters — are turning toward the video games industry, either because they like games and want to work with them, or because they're attracted by the possible income to be derived.
"The games industry, both creatively and economically, is not sure how to deal with writers," said Austin Grossman, who wrote his novel Soon I Will Be Invincible after many years as a video games consultant and writer, years he called the equivalent to an M.F.A. program for the way they tempered his writing. "For a lot of companies, it's not worthwhile to keep a writer on staff, so they strictly hire freelancers. And they don't actually know who to hire, so it's totally slapdash. Culturally, they don't have the right person's phone number."
Ars Technica currently has openings for freelance assignments in just about every area we cover: IT, gaming, gadgets, tech policy, networking, security, and more. We're looking for long-form, 2,000+ word "evergreen" (not time-sensitive) content or serious shoe-leather reporting on technology issues, and we want your pitches.
CNNMoney.com has posted an article about the cost of going freelance — in other words, what you can expect to have to give up, or pay for, if you're undertaking a freelance career. The article seems geared more for people who have full-time jobs and are thinking of quitting in order to freelance, rather than those who find themselves inadvertently??out on the freelance market, and the advice is pretty basic. However, for those just starting out on a freelance career, this can help you avoid some nasty surprises.Thanks to Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols of Practical Technology for the tip. The cost of going freelance
One problem that many newer freelancers have (and that I know I had) is the tendency not to take the job seriously. If you want to make a living as a writer — or as any other kind of freelancer — you have to prepare yourself professionally as you would for any other venture.In the case of tech writers, that may mean investing in the type of equipment — hardware and software — that you will need so that you can be ready to give your clients the services that you are telling them you can. Brien Posey is a full-time technical writer who, when he began, realized that he needed to be able to use two separate types of computer networks — a production network for his own use, and a lab network for testing products. You may not need to go into the details of this one unless you're thinking of freelancing as a tech writer, but the amount of care that Brien puts into his business is enlightening in itself. Provisioning and Managing Virtual Labs — Virtualization Review