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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Academagia: My First Writing Job

As some of you may remember, I have been on the lookout for freelance writing jobs (still am, by the way--hint, hint). While perusing Craigslist I came across an interesting writing job for an online game that seemed like a mix between choose your own adventure and Harry Potter--with RPG mechanics. I contacted them to see if they still needed writers/editors and was told that I could be put on their backlist of candidates, since they had filled the full-time positions. I agreed and they sent me a prompt to see if I would be right for the position and...
Well, it turns out that I'm actually a good writer! My samples following their prompt turned out to be what they were looking for. Instead of being on a backlist, I was offered a contract job for the next four months. It's a small job, though. But for the next four months I will be writing for Academagia! My understanding is that the game is still in beta testing, however you can still sign up and of course you can check it out. It looks really promising and fun! And I get to write for it. I'm really stoked and generally happy about this (because that's probably a normal reaction to being told you're a good writer and being offered a job).
So, that's the news! I'm excited to be a part of this because I really do think the product is fun and worthwhile. It may not be original, but unlike other games with similar styles of game play, Academagia actually takes itself seriously, or at least its creators do. The game is well put together with gorgeous artwork and a steampunky interface.
But that's enough from me. I'm glad to be a part of this and thought you all should know about it!

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  1. Congrats! And you should be proud of yourself. Us WISB followers have always known you are an excellent writer :)

  2. Thanks. It's going to be a fun ride, I think, and I do hope there will be more jobs in the future.

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  4. That sounds terrific! Checked out the site -- looks pretty interesting. I'll have to play it when it comes out.

  5. I think a lot about what I would do if I had to make a living (for any amount of time) doing something else than writing novels -- since that scenario is pretty likely.

    My second uncle-in-law (second cousin-in-law once-removed?) likes to tell me that the safest, stablest path to authorhood is to go to medical school, become some form of high-paying doctor, and then write during vacation.

    But I think I'd much rather have the job that you're going to get. I'll check it out when it comes out, and you can tell me what the work is like, so I'll know whether I want to scour online games (which I'll do anyway) or go beg at PIXAR.

  6. Cavan: Thanks! Kind of late getting to responses to stuff on this post, but so be it. I'll likely do a post about the release of the project.

    Carraka: Game writing is not only hard to get into, but it doesn't pay particularly well until you start getting the big gaming jobs. Just a warning. Freelance is rough when you first start out.