Writing Gig: Editorial Asst/Writer Wanted

by TVWriter™ Press Service

How-To-Geek, One of the interweb’s most interesting and, yes, even informative tech websites is looking to hire an editorial assistant-writer. The gig is being offered as freelance, but with a contract and the hope of everybody involved that it can “transition into a full time role in the future.”

According to the HTG’s Lowell Heddings, you’ll need to “meet at least move of these criteria.” And those criteria are:

  • Good writing skills. If I asked you to write an article about the best way to edit the Windows Registry you should be able to write something coherent on the subject even if you’ve never opened the registry before.
  • Solid understanding of technology. You don’t need to be an expert, but if I asked you to program a VCR you should probably know how to Google what a VCR is and whether time machines exist and then just ask me if I want to schedule a recording on a DVR instead.
  • Great Research Skills. If I wanted to know what the best doctor is for laser eye surgery in DC, you should be able to cut through the marketing and ads and figure out which one I should go to so I won’t end up with an eye patch. (I seriously would like to know this)
  • Stick-to-it-ive-ness. If I give you a really boring task that is going to take a week, you should see it through to the end even if it takes two.
  • Sense of Humor. I am very sarcastic, and I have extremely strong and sometimes controversial opinions on things. Android is a dumpster fire. If you are easily offended we aren’t going to work well together.
  • Willingness to Speak Up. One of the worst things you can have as a CEO is a group of people who don’t think for themselves and never have any ideas to contribute.
  • Be a Self-Starter. When I give any programming or server task to our programmer Keanan he just goes and figures it out without having to ask me a bunch of questions or needing hand-holding. It’s amazing. Be like Keanan.

To find out more and actually apply for the job, hie thyself HERE

And once again  – meaning we say this every time we post about potential employment – if you pursue this one please let us know how it goes. The Good. The Bad. And the Fug-Ugly.

We think this is a cool op at a really cool site. Good luck!

Not Quite a Writing Gig: Maybe That’s Why It Pays?

by TVWriter™ Press Service

A lit agency in Manhattan (ooh, the Big Apple!) is looking for an intern for the next three months, and what makes this Craigslist ad interesting is that for once the agency is paying.

Not a lot, but, hey twenty bucks a day will pay for a couple of coffees, right?

Here’s the scoop:

Literary Agency Film/TV Rights Internship (Nolita / Bowery)

 compensation: $20/day

employment type: part-time
internship

We specialize in film and television, and deal mainly with writers, directors, producers, managers, and occasionally with publishers. We have sold projects produced with Brad Pitt at Warner Brothers, Ridley Scott at Universal, a #1 New York Times Bestseller at Dreamworks, an Emmy Award winning HBO movie, and a hit Netflix series.
Responsibilities:
Lots of phone work, extensive internet research, and other office-related tasks. Reading manuscripts/screenplays and writing coverage. Creating submission lists with directors, actors, producers.Frequent moviegoing is a plus.

We are a busy 2-person office, and there is lots of room to learn about the workings of a film/literary agency, ie., how books, articles, and life rights are adapted for film, the structure of an option/purchase or screenwriting deal, etc.

Experience with Microsoft Outlook is a plus, but strong phone skills are a must.

We are looking for a commitment of 3 months, 11am-7pm, 2 or 3 days a week.

There is a stipend of $20 a day.

Please send cover letter and resume.

Thank You.

If you’re in the neighborhood and interested, the ad is HERE

Could be a great place to network. Could be a wonderful job. Or, you know, not. Either way, if you apply, please let us know what it is and how it turns out.

Who luvs ya, baby, huh?

Writing Gig: Game Writer/Narrative Designer Wanted

Found this on the interwebs yesterday. A new company looking for new talent! Who could ask for anything more? We definitely think that if you qualify you should check this out:

DREAMATIK ENTERTAINMENT is a Los Angeles based game startup focused on developing games for the female audience. We are currently looking for a highly experienced, professional Game Writer/Narrative Designer to join our launch team.

As a Game Writer/Narrative Designer you will be working with the Creative Director on our first original F2P IP for mobile & tablet. You’ll be responsible for crafting a thrilling, mature and seductive narrative that will suck players in, creating rich three dimensional characters that players will fall in love with, and being the central hub for all things related to story, structure, character, context, dialog, etc. You’ll work closely with the design team to overcome the challenges of designing a compelling narrative F2P mobile game, and ensure that the story/characters support and enhance the game’s mechanics, design and overall structure.

Responsibilities

  • Partner with the Creative Director to craft a compelling narrative that supports the game’s core mechanics
  • Help establish the tone of the game world and propose creative and efficient ways to effectively present this world to the player
  • Generate and maintain design documents for all narrative element
  • Identify narrative problems and brainstorm creative solutions with colleagues
  • Assist the Creative Director in reviewing builds and providing feedback
  • Collaborate with the Art Director and Audio Lead to create and maintain consistent narrative execution
  • Assist in generating detailed Voice Over scripts

Requirements

  • You are an avid gamer
  • Passionate about writing romance narratives and rich characters for the female audience
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in English, Creative Writing, Theatre, or Film
  • Prior professional experience as a writer in the video game industry or another dramatic medium
  • A strong editorial eye and an ability to craft sharp, clear dialog
  • Able to craft clear and coherent stories through excellent written and verbal communication skills suitable for diverse demographics
  • Extensive understanding of visual theory, storytelling, plot, structure, and character
  • Exceptional knowledge and passion for the history and theories governing interactive storytelling, including how story is used to support game mechanics and enhance player retention
  • Passionate about gaming, boasting an in-depth knowledge of games and the fundamentals of their design (with particularly strong comprehension of current mobile gaming F2P trends), game culture, and the entertainment industry as a whole
  • Exceptional mastery of the English language
  • Able to present a clear narrative concept flow using Visio, Excel, PPT, or other related tools
  • Strong research, analytical, and problem-solving skills, and an awareness of how to navigate limitations and work with available art/programming resources under aggressive deadlines
  • Refined attention to detail
  • Self-motivated, self-aware, self-disciplined, self-improving, with a strong work ethic
  • Genuinely enjoys working with others and thrives in a collaborative environment
  • Can improvise, adapt and overcome challenges with a positive attitude
  • Can withstand the often stressful but highly rewarding game startup life
  • Wants to see the best ideas implemented in the game, even if they’re not their own

Pluses

  • Experience writing romantic fiction
  • Experience writing for romance games/dating sims

Benefits

  • Equity stake or stock options in an early-stage game startup
  • Flexible hours

US based candidates only. Relocation to LA will be required.

Apply by sending your resume and work samples with the title ‘Game Writer/Narrative Designer’ to zsuzsa.jakab[at]dreamatik.com.

More about the company, including various open positions in addition to this one, and info about founder Zsuzsa Jakob, is HERE

As usual, we hope that if you apply for this job you keep us posted on the experience so we can help others. Thanks!

BuzzFeed is Looking for Writers

A very positive looking post about an available gig, found at BuiltinNyc.Com:

BuzzFeed Entertainment Group is looking for a pop culture obsessive to write about movies and TV! We’re looking for someone who has a vast knowledge of movies (old and new) and watches television religiously that can channel their knowledge into shareable content that’s entertaining and engaging for fans of the entire pop culture spectrum. (More light hearted, to-the-point, and fun posts rather than essays, reviews, or cultural critiques). You should feel comfortable writing about fan theories, easter eggs, and other incredulous details that fans know and love. You should be able to write from the POV of a fan, as you’ll be creating content for them.

We’re looking for those who truly know the deepest corners of the internet, consume pop culture like air, and have a passion for telling stories in a unique voice.

This is a full-time, staff role based out of our New York or Los Angeles offices, available to start immediately. Must have a flexible schedule as working weekends might be required.

Read it all HERE

Oh, and if you’re a New York City based startup, builtinnyc looks pretty damn cool too!

Writing Gigs: Writers Wanted in L.A. Pt 2

Everyone seemed to like this as a feature last week, which means we’re thinking of making it a weekly thing.

For those of you in L.A. trying to crash through the studio doors, here are a few potential gigs we found this week:


Seeking Creative writers & artists for publications (Los Angeles) 

Los Angeles media and publishing company seeking creative writers of all types. We are currently seeking creative writers to contribute to our digital magazine publication which Will be distributed across various networks of social media as well as the issuu.com digital media magazine platform, iBooks, Google Books, Nook & Amazon Ebooks and tablet readers.

“Digital media and magazine publishing accounts for one third of the digital reading publication market. more readers get their news Entertainment and creative stories through digital publications more than ever before.”

We are looking for writers to submit short stories and poetry political news pieces, social justice pieces, documentary write ups, journalist reports, (all information based in these subjects should site sources for reference as well as be based on current ongoing issues whether local national or international), local and international information, art, photography and reviews and opinions. Space for creativity or opinions are not limited by us but please refrain from any hate speech or politically incorrect or biased information. All stories, articles and reports will be reviewed & all submissions will be contacted for further information or further review prior to publishing.

All contributors retain all rights to their works and will be informed of submissions acceptances denials or any changes that may affect the publishing of any works delivered. Proofread and edited copies will be distributed to all contributors as a preview before any publications are released. Please submit any links to works for submission or submit writings or creative stories photography or art by email with all details and author credits included. Print copies will be made available by requests.

Publications (there are three types to choose from)

1. Fuckery (not the name, just how it’s described)

– (zines, cartoons, abstract art, images, collages, words, eclectic things, whatever….)

2. Arts & Culture,
Entertainment & Politics –

– (only submit items that adhere to these topics and are professionally written, proofread, and fact checked unless stated as an opinion based piece)

3. Mobile arts publication-

-(Submit anything created on one of your mobile devices I.e. Images photos notes, sketched doodles, for videos or music submissions please include links to download and album or cover art to be used on page publications)

***these are non biased publications and everyone has the right to their freedom speech, we will try our best to publish any and all works submitted that respect the guidelines previously stated, no matter what the topic.

Feature film writer, fearless, for lead vehicle for performance artist (Los Angeles)

Hi All,

Thanks for reading. Up-and-coming performance artist seeking an ALWAYS outside-the-box but (strictly commercial, it’s not an oxymoron – you know who you are) artist/writer who has a gift for forging unseen reality in celluloid.

I don’t have a budget in place yet, but I can pay $2k for a completed screenplay, genre drama-horror.

I’m looking for someone who is looking for a vehicle to get to the top, the way I am.

Let’s merge our talent and connections!

Please send me a little blurb about yourself and a writing sample.

Thank you!

**SHORT FILM WRITER** (Looking for AWARD WINNING PIECE) (Los Angeles)

Seeking to pair up with a talented writer who demonstrates consciousness by bringing to life todays many various issues.
We live in political turmoil, climate change, homelessness, hungry kids, orphans, endangered animals, aids, cancer.
The list can go on for pages. Essentially seeking a solution oriented writer who can not only shine light on current affairs
but present a sort of solution or acceptance in the process.

This is a SHORT FILM, which means your writing must be meticulous and full of emotion.

We will handle casting, production (pre & post), if you will be a part of the team and we encourage open communication between the team!

Please send tagline, along with summary of script, who you are and of course, a phone number.

Thanks!

Writer Needed For Film Treatment Of Coming Of Age Drama/Sci-fi (Los Angeles)

I am an aspiring independent producer and am currently looking for a writer who can write up a 10-15 page treatment of a feature film concept that I’m developing. I have a rough story outlines and the contract should be in the way I retain the rights to the story.
It’s a futuristic coming-of-age drama in the same vein as “Equals,” “The Lobster,” “Ex-Machina.” The story mainly explores the main characters’ sexual identity in the context of their social environment.

Compensation is $150 flat, and would love to get this treatment done by mid June.

Please submit with brief cover letter and resume/samples if interested. Looking forward to hearing from you.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Do we believe that these are all good gigs? Are we recommending them? No. Not on your life. There are way too many variables in the showbiz employment spectrum for anybody here at TVWriter™ to be able to say, based on a Craigslist ad, “Here’s a good one.”

But we do think that looking into these further could be helpful to TV writing hopefuls, if for no other reason than to get a better feeling for the Hollywood mindset. And that will be helpful to your writing future.

Who knows? You might even find yourself writing your very own self-referential script based on what happens if you apply.

Oh, and, as always, if you do respond to an ad, we would love to hear what transpired. Either in a comment or an article. Yeppers, we’ll take an article on that for sure. (Won’t pay, but, hey, that’s showbiz!)

Break a leg! (Pencil? Keyboard? iPhone?)

Confessions of a paid Amazon review writer

The title of this article certainly got our attention. Is this your future career move? (Do you want it to be?) We’re not making any judgements. As the sign on LB’s monitor sez, “Beats workin’. Beats not workin’ too:”

from Digiday

Many marketing jobs are far from glamorous. Take those toiling in the black market for positive reviews on Amazon.

Merchants have historically offered writers on Amazon free products or services in exchange for positive online write-ups. The practice became so rampant that Amazon updated its community guidelines last October to remove incentivized reviews. But still, many retailers are trying to get around the new policy, according to one top-ranked Amazon reviewer.

In today’s Confessions series, where we grant anonymity in exchange for candor, this Amazon reviewer shared her thoughts on Amazon’s policy change — and pulled the curtain back on merchants’ workarounds. Below are excerpts, slightly edited for clarity.

How does one become an influential Amazon reviewer in the first place?
I have been reviewing on Amazon for a few years, sporadically, but only in the past year have I been doing it seriously. That is because I suddenly broke into the top 10,000 reviewers and then began quickly climbing up. At that point, I decided to see how far up I could get. [She made it to top 50.] Once I got into the top 10,000, vendors started to send me requests to review their products. At that time, it was acceptable for a vendor to send you their product for free in exchange for a review so long as you made it clear in the review that you had received the product in exchange for the review.

What is the most expensive item you have received for free in exchange for reviews?
I would say a Bluetooth speaker that is worth $50 or so.

What categories are you seeing the most demand for product reviews?
Mobile phone accessories, bluetooth devices and sometimes baby products.

Did anything change after Amazon’s crackdown last October?
Prior to the crackdown, vendors could provide you with an item for free so that you could review it for them. Since that policy change, vendors are not allowed to do that [other than for books], and reviewers are not allowed to accept items for free in exchange for a review. So, if one was reviewing in order to get free items to review, it affects them a great deal. I know that a top reviewer was removed by Amazon recently all of a sudden, for no reason.

Does the new policy affect you?
Now I delete most of the review requests. Since the crackdown and change in policy, I only review things that I have ordered myself because I actually needed or wanted them. I tend to post a couple of reviews a day, several days a week. Frankly, there is no reason at this point to write reviews other than because I know that they are useful to people, based on feedback that I get, and I enjoy writing….

Writing Gigs: Writers Wanted in L.A.

Yeah, we know. Writers are always “wanted” in L.A. Except when you’re the writer and you try to sell somebody your work or your services.

Still, the L.A. Craigslist always seems to contain an awful (and they do often seem pretty damn awful) lot of showbiz writing gigs just waiting (or not) for your/our magic talents.

For those of you in L.A. trying to crash through the studio doors, here are a few potential gigs we found this week:


Coverage for TV pilots (LA) 

TV producers needs someone who can do extensive coverage for us.
Please send a couple samples, resume what TV genres/shows are you expert in?
We’ll need one page synopsis and couple pages analysis/story notes.
$25 for half hour comedy
$50 for hour long drama.
Seeking Hip Hop Comedy writer of TV Pilot (Hollywood)

Seeking Hip Hop Comedy writer of TV Pilot (Hollywood)

LA production company is seeking a fresh voice for African-American half-hour comedy pilot script gig (non-union pay)Please submit a resume, logline, and one to two-page synospis of your script.
We will contact you directly if we’re interested in reading your script.
Please be sure that your material is protected prior to sending it to us.
You can register it with the Writers Guild of America West Registry, or via the US Copyright office.

Seeking Creative Writer for Actress (West Hollywood)

We are seeking a writer who can construct everyday emails to writing creative articles.Ideally, a writer who has a major in English or equivalent
Need someone with excellent writing skills and flexible.
Looking to hire someone asap.
Please respond with two types of your favorite work that you would like us to review so we can get an idea of your writing style.
Pay
Per word or per project.

I am looking for a creative partner/scriptwriter (Hollywood Los Angeles)

I have a tv pilot that I have been working for a while now. I have a concept and story that I am very passionate about. It is unique and has something to offer that several other shows do not. I have most of the details worked out along with story arcs and plots, but I am not a scriptwriter. I am looking for someone to partner with to help write the pilot script. I would also be interested in a creative partner as well. This show has a little bit of everything: comedy, supernatural, romance, and some LGBT content in the mix. It is focused on a young adult and possibly teen audience. If you have any questions, advice or are interested in working on this with me please feel free to send me an email. Unfortunately at this time it wont be a paid position but I am willing to give credit where its due and maybe we can work out a payment option later.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Do we believe that these are all good gigs? Are we recommending them? No. Not on your life. There are way too many variables in the showbiz employment spectrum for anybody here at TVWriter™ to be able to say, based on a Craigslist ad, “Here’s a good one.”

But we do think that looking into these further could be helpful to TV writing hopefuls, if for no other reason than to get a better feeling for the Hollywood mindset. And that will be helpful to your writing future.

Who knows? You might even find yourself writing your very own self-referential script based on what happens if you apply.

Oh, and, as always, if you do respond to an ad, we would love to hear what transpired. Either in a comment or an article. Yeppers, we’ll take an article on that for sure. (Won’t pay, but, hey, that’s showbiz!)

Break a leg! (Pencil? Keyboard? iPhone?)