(For instructions on this week's blog topic, favorite science fiction story, click here.)
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 group?
If most people want to read for free, is being a writer still a profession? It's unclear where the boundaries are between old media, new media, and social media.
This week, please blog about the pros and cons of writing for free. Does it make sense in certain contexts, or do you think writers should always get paid for their work? Tag your blog post writing for free blog.We want everyone to blog about their views on writing for free. (Yes, please write for free about writing for free.) It will be a lively discussion!
Several bloggers will receive books by Red Room authors:
"How do I get my book published?" Good question. Lucky for you, in Write That Book Already!: Tough Love You Need to Get Published Now, publishing insiders Sam Barry and Kathi Kamen Goldmark have laid out the blueprint for what you want--your book.
- Marcia Meier's Navigating the Rough Water of Today's Publishing World: Critical Advice for Writers fromToday's Publishing Insiders is "an ideal companion for aspiring authors who want to understand and break into this ever-changing industry," and features "a robust roster of literary agents, editors, authors, and insiders," including Red Room founder and CEO Ivory Madison.
- I Want to Be an Author: Now What? by Kimberly Llewellyn is a "publishing primer for beginning writers, hobbyists, and subject-matter experts who want to get into print."
So post a blog entry today about Red Room's topic of the week
"Writing for Free?"
For help on how to blog, please see the directions here. We'll choose one of these blog posts to be featured on Red Room's homepage next week. Post your entry by Friday at 10:30 a.m. PST (GMT-08:00) for consideration, and be sure to tag it with the keyword term writing for free blog in the Blog Keyword Tags field so we can find it. (Please don't forget the exact tag. For more information about tags, click here.)
And don't forget to check out last week's blog-topic-of-the-week entries on death, taxes, and other inevitable aspects of life. From an understandably disgruntled taxpayer forced to lie on her return to an optimistic call for hope in the face of death, Red Roomers faced the inevitable.
All of Red Room's past blog topics are listed here. Thanks as always for blogging!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room