One Writer’s Journey

October 3, 2018

Occupations: The ones you feature in your writing say a lot

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Recently I saw an interesting post by Becca Puglisi about character occupation.  She and Angela Ackerman have an online Occupation Thesaurus available for writers.  Each entry is an occupation and it includes an overview of what this occupation does, the training required, positive personality traits that might be associated with this characteristic, negative traits, and sources of friction . . . and much, much more.

Her post soon had me thinking about the occupations we choose for teen characters as well as adult characters.  In the published books I read, I see a lot of writers and teachers.  There’s also a steady stream of librarians.  I’ve gotten to the point that my first reaction when I see one of these occupations is to think that the writer should have tried a little harder.  Maybe turning to the Occupation Thesaurus would help.

But I think it is also essential to think about what these occupations have in common.  Answer – these people all tend to be fairly well-educated and middle class.

If we are trying to portray a wide range of people in our books, this is something to think about.  What other jobs might your characters have?  Obviously, to write about it, you have to know something about it.  So let’s start with the people I’m related to – I could employ a teacher, a writer, heavy equipment operator, a lawyer, a contractor, a nurse, a nurse’s aide, a forensic tech, a cross-country bus driver, someone who paints cars, a mining engineer, an aircraft electrician, a police officer, a volunteer fireman, a ranch manager, and a social worker.

Take a look at that list and you are going to see a full range of educational levels and socioeconomic levels.  That’s the great thing about my family.  We’re all over the place.  As you can see, we have both of the fall-back occupations – writer and teacher.  But we also have much, much more. And that’s not even taking into account my in-laws.

When you assign occupations to your characters, think about what the occupations mean in terms of education, time period, and socioeconomic status.


July 20, 2015

Market Seeking Writers: Tiger Beat

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  • Tiger Beat needs freelancers who love writing about pop culture for teens.  Not sure if this market is right for you?  Here are the questions that were posted:

    • Can you rattle off the monikers of all four members of 5SOS?
    • Do you know the ship name of bandmate beaus Rydel Lynch and Ratliff?
    • Have you heard about Nash Grier’s brand-new app?
    • If you have an inner 13-year-old fan girl wanting to claw her way out in a grammatically perfect way, then this might be the job for you.

    This magazine needs someone who:

    • Can spot celebrity trends and gossip and spin them into tales perfect for this demographic.
    • Writes clever, funny, and dramatic with a special understanding of teens.
    •  Generates tons of ideas for quizzes, features, and columns.
    • Knows the acts featured in Tiger Beat.
    • Has conducted interviews.
    • Has a B.A. in journalism, writing, communications, or a similar area.
    • Has 1-3 years of writing and reporting experience. Bonus points if you’ve worked for a teen mag.
    • Knows social media.

    In your cover letter tell us why you are the perfect candidate.  Include resume and at least three writing samples as PDFs. Be ready for an in-person or Skype interview.

    For more about this opportunity, check out the full listing here.


April 13, 2015

Writing Position: Writer-in-Residence

help wantedIf you’re a writer living in the Boston area, you’re in luck.  The Boston Public Library (BPL) has announced the 2015-2016 Children’s Writer-in-Residence program.

The nine-month program will give the writer who fills the position:

  • A $20,000 stipend.
  • Office space at BPL’s Central Library.
  • The time and space to complete one piece of writing for children or young adults.
  • The chance to network and make connections within the literary community through library readings, workshops, and other activities.

The residency runs Sept. 2015 through May 2016.  During this time, the writer must work at least 19 hours/week at the library.

If you are a US citizen who writes fiction, nonfiction, screenplays, or poetry for children or young adults, find out more, including how to apply, here.


Application deadline: April 30, 2015.


February 17, 2015

Help Wanted

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help wantedSix Red Marbles is looking for freelance writers and editors for K-12 Math and Science.

For the positions in math:

  • You need to have written and/or edited mathematics instructional in the past.
  • You need expertise in Common Core Math Standards, adaptive learning and concept mapping.
  • You have to know Microsoft Word and MathType

For the positions in science, in addition to experience, you need to provide writing samples.

  • Instruction on a complex science topic.
  • Writing for interactive media.
  • Inquiry-based lab lab activities.

For addition information, including where to send your, see the entire help wanted listing at Writing for the Education Market.



October 7, 2009

Wednesday: Stone Arch Call for Writers

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I hope that at least some of you make a point of reading the blogs of various publishers and editors.   I know, I know.  You only have so much time in your work day and you are trying to make a living at this.  Which is precisely why you should give these blogs a look.
Just over a week ago, Stone Arch Books put out a call for writers for a new middle grade fiction project.   Stone Arch Books doesn’t generally purchase manuscripts from writers.  Instead, they ask for a resume and samples of your work and then fit writers into ongoing or new series based on the writer’s background and writing.
I found out that they were looking for people NOW because I read their blog.
Some of the other blogs by editors and publishers that I read are:
Brooklyn Arden by editor Cheryl Klein
Carolrhoda Books Blog
WOW! Women on Writing
Which ones do you read?

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