It was, as they say, a year. I’ve likely said something like this before, but for someone like myself who likes clean starts, having a birthday that comes within days of the turn of the new year is somewhat calming. The coincidental proximity of those events means I get to look back at the life … Continue reading Well, That Was 45
The end of June 2019 marked three years since I was let go from Voce Communications and embarked on a path with no clear direction other than to make it all somehow work. That anniversary was one I intended to let pass without mention until I read this post, most of which I could have … Continue reading Three Years
I’ve been working on a writing project for about a year now, opening a new Google Doc in April of last year. In that time I’ve pitched it as a book as well as a series of contributed bylines. I’ve also considered how I could publish it myself, either as blog posts or through some … Continue reading Whose Voice Is It?
(Ed. Note: The following was written back in early July for a work project but in light of a new report on the gig economy from JPMorgan that has its own questionable methodology I felt it was a good time to publish this. Many of the same points of pushback against the BLS report also … Continue reading How Big Is Gig? Not Even the Federal Government Knows
My latest movie marketing recap, this one for Halloween, is up at The Hollywood Reporter. As with a number of horror franchises, the Halloween series has taken various twists and turns since John Carpenter’s 1978 original introduced audiences to Laurie Strode and Michael Myers. Now, after seven sequels to that first film and a 2007 … Continue reading Selling Halloween
(10/19/18 Update: I wound up contributing this post to The Freelancers Union Blog. You can now read it in full here.) It can be tempting to to let loose and share your unrestrained thoughts about the current administration on any number of topics, from the continued detention of immigrant children to the recent controversy around … Continue reading What Should Freelancers Do With Their Rage?
A while ago movie writer Drew McWeeny posted this to Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrewMcWeeny/status/989937832062992384 That kind of problem has plagued the freelance writing field to a growing extent in the last few years as one site after another has folded for one reason or another. Too many times, writers and editors have shared their stories of trying … Continue reading How to Use WordPress To Save Your Freelance History
There’s a long-standing and completely true maxim in the freelance world that you shouldn’t write for free. If a publication or site is telling you it can’t pay you but hey, you’ll get exposure, turn it down. They don’t value you as a creative talent, just someone who can help them build out their ad … Continue reading Don’t Write For Free, Unless It’s For Yourself