EPISODE 6: THE MIXED MEDIA APPROACH IN FICTION WRITING
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Do you want to write science fiction, but you don’t want to be confined by your medium? Do you want to write novels AND screenplays? Stage plays AND short stories? T.V. shorts AND graphic novels? A combination of all the above? You can! You don’t have to choose just one medium for your creativity, and it is better that you keep your options open.
In this radio cast, I’ll be discussing the benefits (financial, creative, network-related, and otherwise) of using mixed media to promote and sell your work, as well as:
- Updates and Summer Scheduling. Just giving you a couple of important updates on the colbyrrice.com website, progress made with the writing workshops I’m developing for you guys, the new developments in my own writing career, and the new blog post and radio show schedule!
- A quick and important note about marketing. You MUST stay on top of your marketing and keep delivering fresh content to your audience! My own website traffic dropped over 100% in the past week that I wasn’t blogging! But a two important things have been helping me, including automated posting via Paper.li and others sharing and retweeting my articles. Listen to the show for more info on how to keep your blog fresh.
- How writing across different kinds of media will not only increase your visibility as a writer, but will also allow you to make yourself more marketable if you plan on relying on writing as your career. Writing across different media also allows you to pull income from different sectors of the entertainment industry, including novel markets, comics and graphic novels, screenplays, stage plays, role-playing games and more.
- Different kinds of people read different kinds of media! Women make up the majority of novel readers, but men (especially young men) make up the majority of comics readers. Used mixed media to tap into both markets and expand your reader base.
- How writing across mixed media opens you up to the possibility of licensing your work. Licensing is an incredibly lucrative business and you should DEFINITELY research this as a writer and creator. Licensing essentially allows people to rent your ideas from you, wherein you get a percentage of the profits. I discuss the importance of intellectual property and protecting your rights for each kind of media that can be produced from your work. J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter series is a great example of how licensing can be used to tap into different media markets and profit from them.
- Tips and resources on how writing in certain kinds of media can benefit you creatively and intellectually, and how to approach each media market differently. I address novels, short stories graphic novels, comics, and screenplays, and I give you resources to get you started on writing in these different media. I will approach other media in future broadcasts as I learn more about them and embark on my own journey with them!