WELDON BURGE

Publisher/Full-Time Editor/Freelance Writer

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What You (probably don't) Know

August 11, 2009

Tags: fiction writing, freelance writing, publications, writers

I attempted to catch up on my magazine reading this past weekend. I came across an interview with Brad Thor, author of The Last Patriot and other thrillers, in the December 2008 issue of Writer's Digest. (Yes, I'm very behind on my reading!) Near the end of the interview, Thor said, "'Write what you know' is the worst piece of advice you'll ever hear as a writer. If people only wrote what they knew, we never would've had a Ray Bradbury; we never would've had a J.K. Rowling."

I see Thor's point. I'm sure Jules Verne never journeyed to the center of the Earth, traveled around the planet in 80 days, dove 20,000 leagues under the sea, or hopped a rocket to the moon. Yet Verne certainly wrote classic novels on each of those topics.

But I also think Thor's statement is too simplistic.
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Failure to Launch?

July 20, 2009

Tags: freelance writing, publications, writers

Freelance writing is like dancing in a minefield. The more you dance, the more likely you are to lose a leg -- or worse.

In my years of freelancing, I've only been stiffed a few times by magazines either failing to launch or suddenly going under. That's why I typically work only with pay-on-acceptance publications and avoid pay-on-publication enterprises. Problem is, most fiction venues are the p-on-p types, and I love to write fiction. So, I dance ... (more…)

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