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red-room-well-red's picture
May.09.2011
Many writers can no longer make a living freelancing, whether due to changing business models, technologies, or cultural shifts. There's talk of mutiny, but much more talk about how to adapt. Some writers are thriving and others are not. Can we even say what writers want as if we were a monolithic...
blair-kilpatrick's picture
May.08.2011
Writing for free?  When I read this week's blog topic, my first reaction was: Who doesn't?   Even if you publish a book, the financial returns can be small. And when you consider the time and expense that went into it, and the money you spend promoting it, you have the perfect set-up for a money-...
nina-amir's picture
May.07.2011
Today I received a comment on my last Redroom blog post about writing for free. A reader said she thought we should worry less about getting paid and more about living "writers' lives." I queried back, "What is the 'writer's life'?" I wonder about this. Yes, it is writing...
jennifer-kathleen-gibbons's picture
May.06.2011
When Huntington told me today's blog topic was "Writing for Free," I thought, "Can't we do something less controversial...like the death penalty?" Or how about Congress? Maybe a discussion on Coy and Lance Duke on The Dukes of Hazard, they were just dandy replacements for Bo and...
tess-callahan's picture
May.06.2011
Word of Osama bin Laden’s death fired through social media networks before being reported by official news agencies, who rightly awaited the formal announcement. We used to get news from newspapers, poems from literary journals, and novels from bookstores. Now, all can be accessed with a flip of...
aberjhani's picture
May.06.2011
Following Michael Jackson's death in 2009, I wrote a series of blogs and articles to which thousands of websites--and more like two million where one article was concerned-- linked or simply "picked up" to add quality content to themed pages studded with ads. Most of the time, I was happy...
marilyn-sachs's picture
May.06.2011
Down through the ages, people have told stories for free.  I doubt if anybody paid the stone age artists fpr hacking their stories on stone, or if anybody paid Homer for telling his stories. Shakespeare made some money—certainly not enough, and Keats' beautiful poems never helped him seek adequate...
kelly-tweeddale's picture
May.06.2011
Heading an opera company has put me directly in touch with the pros and cons of making artistic content available to the public without charge.  The argument for an arts organization on the public side is that pervasive distribution can increase exposure, diversify the demographics of the audience...
thomas-burchfield's picture
May.06.2011
Dear John, the Internet Reader: We simply can’t go on like this. I want to break up with you. You’ve been reading me for years now. For far too long I have labored to send you Winnie-the-Pooh parodies, strangely popular fanboy tributes to movie villains, and essays about nature’s best...
loren-rhoads's picture
May.06.2011
I published my first zine while I was in college.  It collected original fiction and poetry written by my high school friends.  I didn't have any idea what I was doing, but the process was insructive.  We sold a couple of copies to our friends, then sold a few more through a local record store.  In...