Mikki Kendall is a freelancing Patrick Swayze in Road House on the newest episode of Ditch Diggers! (Plus brief Worldcon previews.)

August 25, 2015

Hey, folks. I’m a week late posting this here because I was getting ready to leave for Worldcon (which I attended, and which we’ll talk about later), but that’s cool because anyone who might’ve missed this one will get a second chance now.

And you simply can’t miss this one, not if you’re serious about being a freelance writer.

In my humble yet thoroughly informed opinion, there is no better example of a professional freelance writer in this here modern age than Mikki Kendall. She works in multiple mediums and genres ranging from non-fiction markets like e-learning and major newspapers to comic books like her debut in the Swords of Sorrow series which drops next month. She’s a power user on Twitter, and has amassed a huge social media following that she cultivates and maintains extremely well and smartly, especially as a platform for a freelancer.

We’ve been a fan of hers for a while and we asked Mikki to be part of the newest episode of Ditch Diggers which dropped last week, and the result is pure ditch digging nirvana. We talked about how she built her freelance writing portfolio, how/why/when she made the decision to go full-time, the logistics behind it, how she landed her comic book writing debut and how the comics writing process works, and we talked thoroughly about her social media platform and how she built and continues to build and use it as a freelance writer.

This is invaluable inside tradecraft-type shit here. This isn’t about “how do I get a book published,” this is about how to be a full-time freelance writer making real money.

Also, Mikki agrees with me that the philosophy of the Patrick Swayze classic Road House is cross-applicable to all things.

She agrees with me and NOT MUR.

So there.

Click here to go to the new episode.

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The next episode of DD will be the one we recorded live at Worldcon. Like I said, I’ll write more about the con in detail, but what I’ll say now is Ditch Diggers Live was an absolutely freakin’ smash hit. We had a great crowd, amazing guests, and we sent four brave authors into the dread Forest of Publishing to play a Ditch Diggers version of Dungeons & Dragons, complete with dice.

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