Monday, January 11, 2010

I Have a New Gig

For most of my adult life I've been a graphic designer, in the last year or so I've started saying I'm a writer (although only to select people), and as of the first of the year, I have a new title:

Social Network Liaison

Sounds fancy, eh? Backspace: the Writer's Place, has hired me to solicit content from writers, agents, etc, for its blog, STET, then spread the word on Facebook and Twitter. I even have the secret passwords, bwahahahaha.

While I currently spend a lot of time on these sites (pick your chin up off the floor) this angle is new for me, and I'm excited that all my blog reading will finally be put to good use. The first article is up today -- a post by Therese Walsh that was originally posted on Writer Unboxed back in October.

That's right -- the content doesn't have to be original.

STET focuses on six categories -- conferences, literary agents, writing craft, publication, marketing & promotion, and opinion -- AND you don't have to be a published author to submit an article.

Do you have a post you think would fit within these categories?

If this goes well I'd love to be able to develop this into a career, so keep me in mind when you get so rich and famous you can no longer handle your online shenanigans.

28 comments:

MeganRebekah said...

Wow what a great new job!

I have one post that keeps getting passed around the blogosphere on its own, so I'll trust those writers insight and submit that.

http://meganrebekahblogs.blogspot.com/2009/10/know-your-characters.html

Definitely keep us updated on the new job and how its going, and if you find any really good information!

stacey said...

Excellent! I'll have to check out Backspace again, that's an inspired way to gain new readership as well as promote little known authors. WIN!

june said...

Awesome for you!!!

I've never checked it out before. Will now!

Congrats!

ralfast said...

My main blog is dedicated to writing so any of a dozen or so post would do.

Check it out at:

http://ralfast.wordpress.com

Will clean them up for language and grammar, of course! ;)

Good luck on your new gig.

Adam said...

Yay for you, Mel!

*Celebratory poke*

Adam

JLC said...

I don't ever expect to be rich and famous, but I LOVE online shenanigans!!

Congrats on your new title!!

Melanie Avila said...

Megan, thanks. I'll check it out. It's not completely at my discretion (at least not right now) but soon I will haz the control.

Stacey, I have a membership but I was intimidated by all the smarties there when I first joined. It's a great resource.

Thanks June.

Thanks ralfast. I'll add you to my list. :)

Thanks Adam.

JLC, they're the best, aren't they?

Janna Qualman said...

Melanie, that's wonderful! Yay for you!

WendyCinNYC said...

That sounds great, Melanie!

Robin said...

That's the perfect job! It's totally portable! Yay!

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks Janna & Wendy!

Robin, that's what I like best about it. I can do it from anywhere!

Nadine said...

Yay for the new gig!! 2010 is your year, I know it!

As for a post, I don't have one for you, but "if you can't be an athlete, at least be an athletic supporter." :)

Melanie Avila said...

Nadine, that's always a goodie. :)

Ray Wong said...

Awesome! I didn't know you're on Backspace. Me too... can I write for it? * wink wink *

Jenna said...

Congrats Mel!

mary said...

Good for you Mel!!

Natasha Fondren said...

What Nadine said!

I've always been intrigued, but you know, it was set up weird. I never knew what you got once you paid, so I couldn't see it to know if I wanted it or not.

You'll be fabulous!

Erica said...

Yay! Congrats Mel :o) Wonderful!! Um... I don't think any of my posts warrant repeating just yet... Will let you know if they do :o)

So happy for you. Will check that site out too :o)

Melanie Avila said...

Thanks everyone!

Natasha, it's set up the same way as Absolute Write, but there isn't as much silliness and there seems to be a lot more published writers. Or at least agented. I don't know -- that may have been my impression at first, but they focus more on writing there.

Ray, I've had a membership for a couple years but don't go there nearly enough.

quick said...

I had no idea industry standards were so dreadfully low.

Oh, and congratulations. That's sooper.

Melanie Avila said...

*falls over dead*

LurkerMonkey said...

This is very cool! I'd never heard of this site before. And I bet it's a great way to get even more plugged in ...

Melanie Avila said...

Lurker, it's a WONDERFUL resource.

SonoraMike said...

This is my 1st time on this site... but it sounds like a great job to have. We are online constantly looking for things - well now you get paid for it.

Melanie Avila said...

Welcome Mike! I just said that same thing to a friend today about reading blogs. I may actually have to expand my reading to find new material. Such is life... :)

alisha said...

Congrats! I've just had a look at the blog list as well and have added it to my daily reads. :)

Nadine said...

*waves Hi to Alisha*

Melanie Avila said...

Hi Alisha! Thanks for commenting. :)

*waves at Nadine, even though she was waving at Alisha*