The Murverse

Ditch Diggers #015 —

DD015 Freelancing

with Matt Wallace, Mikki Kendall

Show Notes

We welcome [Mikki Kendall][1], writer of fiction, nonfiction, [comics][2], 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.

Show Notes:

  • 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][3]
  • Mikki’s comics-writing debut [SWORDS OF SORROW: MISS FURY & LADY RAWHIDE][4] from Dynamite Entertainment.
  • Submit to [HIDDEN YOUTH: SPECULATIVE FICTION FROM THE MARGINS OF HISTORY][5], an upcoming anthology from Crossed Genres Publications.

The fine print:

Theme music by Devo Spice.

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