As some of you may know, I’ve been talking about this for a little while now and can finally stop holding my breath because a pitch of mine was accepted into Kobold Quarterly’s pages. It feels great to be able to say that something I wrote was good enough to go into the printed pages of one of the best gaming magazines out there. Not only that, but this also means someone has paid me money to write about mythical beings – I’m not sure many things in life get cooler than this as far as I’m concerned.Granted it wasn’t a lot of money, but we’ll get to that later but the important thing is: huzzah!
I originally intended to reveal a bit about my article and give some explanation behind the writing process of it, as well as a few snags I ran into but I’ll keep that post for another day. I want to keep what I wrote a secret for the time being, so once Issue #20 of KQ is released I’ll be sure to actually post that in a follow-up blog, right here.
Where Are The Keys To My New Lamborghini?
Ah yes, money. Remember my mention of it up there? I read blogs of guys like Robert Schwalb, and am lucky enough to have cool friends like Steven Townshend who are frank and candid about these sorts of things. Any honest freelance writer will all tell you the same thing: being able to eat and keep your lights on simply from freelance writing is a near impossible feat.
They also tell you that you really have to enjoy what you’re doing, because if you don’t then you probably shouldn’t spending all this time in the word mines. Aside from these points I’m honing in on, they have a lot to say about punctuality, people skills and a lot more – if you get a chance to listen to these guys talk at DDXP or in any other medium and are interested in writing, pay close attention. Take notes even.
Anyway, I’m not trying to sound like a veteran here, because I’m as green as fucking grass when it comes to this stuff, but I do love it. In case you haven’t picked up on that yet. I’m well aware of the minimal amount of glory involved in being a freelance writer, but that’s not going to stop me, because I have found passion here and I intend to stick around until it runs out. Hopefully the well is deep.
Thanks for reading.
As someone who’s still relatively new to the whole thing as well, I have to say those same folks were invaluable to me, and to anyone who is trying to break in, asking questions and doing your research are two of the biggest things you can do to help yourself.
Can’t wait to see your article!
Keep on truckin’, and let us know when to break out the official First Byline champagne when the magazine hits stores.