Saturday, January 30, 2010

The future of getting paid to write, part deux

Anne Clelland, who runs a marketing company in Blacksburg that concentrates its efforts on the Internet, was part of a panel at the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference that talked about the future of making money by writing.

Anne and Keith Ferrell had some interesting exchanges about what should be paid and how it would be paid in the future and Keith was quoted extensively in a piece here. Anne promised to reply after some thought.

Here and here, fully thoughtful as always and two for the price of one.

This is a good read for those who are pondering the always imponderable question, "What next?"

1 comment:

  1. "The Internet isn’t just prompting us to write more, its open structure pressures us to write in a way that’s at once more concise and flexible. One problem newspapers and magazines never could fix is that articles are assigned arbitrary lengths. Pay writers per word and they’ll write as many as they can. Assign a 12,000-word story and you’ll get just that, even if 1,000 are all that’s necessary."


    "At the same time, people are mastering more kinds of writing. Other technologies that grew more popular this decade required a different mode of expression: Instant messaging invited a breezy, fast-thinking tone; blog comments (again, the thoughtful ones) sharpened our debate skills; Twitter enforced even more economy onto our words. In all of these, we were nudged toward something all writers aspire to: a strong, distinct voice."

    Interesting quotes from Kevin Kelleher, "How the Internet Changed Writing in the 2000s":