One of the many types of magazines around nowadays are tech magazines. Some of these are off line and on, some only on. To my pleasant astonishment, a few years ago now, I discovered that a woman from my math class our Senior year of high school was managing editor of an online tech magazine called Hypergrid Business. As I was seeking more professional writing work, I reached out to her.
She let me try a few articles. As some of you know “writing” is a very general category. This was tech article journalism rather than creating website content for small businesses, or ghostwriting parts of or entire drafts of nonfiction books, or novel writing, all of which I have tried my hand at.
Despite our limited success working together, I am posting links to some of these. I learned more about Second Life and other online methods for having group meetings and exploring visual environments ….by writing for Hypergrid Business.
Was that you or the editor?
For those of you who are not professional writers, I want to disclose to you that although I am the real author of both of these articles, Maria Korolov was the editor of them both. The changes that she made, did cause me to have a strong reaction. My first emotion was “Wow, this is so changed I feel confused about whether or not I am even the author of this article.” That emotion is commonplace amongst inexperienced professional journalists, novelists, and all kinds of writers.
Much ghostwriting creates emotions more like what editors sometimes experience: I wrote so much of this, and yet, my name is not likely to be mentioned in association with it. Sometimes I would be hired by a business start up to write them website content. They would give me the word #, the topic of the article, the theme and all of that. Then I would do all of the writing of the piece. In some cases, the business would then have an editor make whatever other changes…I have seen works I wrote that were barely changed by the editor and other pieces that left me feeling like….Well, if it were making a pie here’s the story:
I put together the crust and the filling and baked it and my friend checked it and gouged out most of the filling and re-baked the thing. Somehow she managed to not burn my crust….In the end all that I felt was “my work” was the pie crust, but my friend told me not to worry and still gave me the full credit for the pie.
Ghostwriting: using the same analogy. I was hired by someone who told me what type of pie they wanted and when. I agreed to take care of it by a deadline for a preset fee. They left me alone and I made the pie and they checked it over. They paid me. The rest was out of my hands.
I told me what to write and I did. Then I went and edited the thing a lot, quite possibly more than once. Then I went around trying to sell it.
To this day in 2019 I still get weirded out about how different it is to make a work, and go around trying to sell it compared to being hired to write something and told what to write…then doing that and not having all kinds of weirdness about being paid for my work.
I ask that you, random readers, forgive me if you need to, for how I have casually rambled on about the over arching picture for professional authors, writers, copywriting, journalism instead of just neatly posting the tech articles and not writing anything else.
Time Since Then
In truth, my main published items since back then have been review articles and entire novels of my own, which I am still trying to earn money for having written.
During the past few months as well as blogging, I have bid on some contracts to do freelance and applied for some staff writing jobs; some from home and others that would involve going to an office and including work colleagues.
Strange is the world of professional writers.