Ditch Diggers #015 —
with Matt Wallace, Mikki Kendall
We welcome [Mikki Kendall], writer of fiction, nonfiction, [comics], and unintentionally viral social media tags (#solidarityisforwhitewomen) to the show to talk the freelance life, when to go pro, and what kind of baked goods gets you jobs.
HEY- don’t forget Matt and I will be at WorldCon, with a LIVE DITCH DIGGERS coming Thursday at noon! Those of you playing at home, there may be video.
Recording in Morgan Freeman’s apiary and why you never upset Morgan’s bees.
An overview of Mikki as a freelance writer.
How Mikki landed her first comic book writing gig using social media, cupcakes, and very apparent writing ability, and how the comics writing process works.
Creating the hashtag that propelled Mikki’s social media presence.
The nuts and bolts of using social media to build a platform (which, in addition to complex sociopolitical issues, can and does include live-tweeting VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop” every Monday night).
Dealing with the inevitable trolls across your social media presence.
Moving forward once you blow up on social media.
Dealing with editor’s notes (Mur tells her infamous “choad” story).
Mikki agrees with Matt about the philosophical cross-applicability of the 1980’s Patrick Swayze classic ROAD HOUSE.
Mikki’s decision to go freelance full-time, the logistics of how she and her husband arrived at that decision, and how she built up her freelance writing portfolio and presence beforehand.
How to build a platform from scratch now in a post-social network age.
Where to find Mikki on-line:
- On Twitter: [@Karnythia]
- Mikki’s comics-writing debut [SWORDS OF SORROW: MISS FURY & LADY RAWHIDE] from Dynamite Entertainment.
- Submit to [HIDDEN YOUTH: SPECULATIVE FICTION FROM THE MARGINS OF HISTORY], an upcoming anthology from Crossed Genres Publications.
The fine print:
Theme music by Devo Spice.
Ditch Diggers #015 by Mur Lafferty is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License