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Freelance Writing is an Active Job

Below is an exerpt from Richard's blog: http://roguegamesblog.wordpress.com/2009/06/22/13-chapters-in-13-weeks-short-stories/

"So it was at GenCon 2008 that I was at the booth taking a break — I was by myself and there was a lull in the hall — then I met Jennifer Brozek. Colonial Gothic’s cover and title caught her eye, and the next thing I know we’re having a great conversation about the game and the like. At the end of our chat, she said she be in touch, and that was it. Few days later I get an email and she says she was interested in doing some work and pitched the idea of writing some fiction. I had found my writer, and the rest is history." (Bolding done by me.)

At conventions, I like to go look at all of the RPG companies out there to see if they are looking for authors and if there are any RPGs I would like to write for - or, heck, play. GenCon is perfect for this.

At the time, I didn't know that Richard was looking for a fiction writer. All I knew was his RPG, Colonial Gothic, about horror in 1776, caught my eye. When RPG concepts catch me, that usually means I want to write for them. So, I stopped and talked to him. He looked tired but perked up at my interest. The thing Richard doesn't mention is the fact that he also gave me a copy of the corebook for me to read. I'm glad he did. It confirmed my thought that I would like this RPG.

Freelancing is all about being polite, friendly, professional and going after opportunities that present themselves. That means going out, talking to strangers and following up on conversations.

My rules for convention networking:

1. Always have business cards.
2. Always offer them to the person you are speaking with.
3. Always ask for a business card.
4. Always make a note on the card on why you have it.
5. Always -always- follow up on conversations within 1-3 weeks after the convention.


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Jun. 23rd, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
Excellent advice.
Jun. 24th, 2009 11:31 am (UTC)

The thing Richard doesn't mention is the fact that he also gave me a copy of the corebook for me to read.

I give so many copies away I forget who I give them to. :)

Seriously, I feel that if I want someone to write for me, and they are new to the game or setting, it is up to me to bring them up to speed. Hence the free copy. It costs me nothing but one book, but the profit I make in getting a writer is what I really want.

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