- Question: Hi! I'm a recent follower and an avid Pathfinder adventurer. I do have a couple questions, if you have the time and if that is all right with you. How did you become an editor for Paizo? What is some advice you could give someone who really wanted to work with Paizo? - uabaritonechick
Sorry this took a while to get back to, I wanted to do it right. The Pathfinder chronicler picture also seemed pseudo-appropriate.
So, here’s the story.
Growing up in the 90s, I was a huge fan of Dragon magazine. At some point in high school I decided I was going to be the editor-in-chief of Dragon. Blunt, I know, but that’s what I decided. In college I focused on English, journalism, and literary criticism, which gave me the foundation to work as a professional editor. What was even more valuable, though, was that throughout high school and college I was working on netbooks and fan-based RPG projects. Eventually that work found me several no- or low-paying jobs with d20 publishers and Dragon magazine. About the time I graduated, Dragon announced that they needed an assistant editor. I applied, and based on my education and existing body of work, they brought me on. I moved from Baltimore Maryland to Seattle Washington over the course of one long weeked. I’ve been working at Paizo ever since, which was 10 years last November.
If that sounds like a route you’re interested in, my three biggest pieces of advice would be…
Expect to Work for “Nothing”: Experience is something every employer looks for regardless of what project they’re hiring for. Part of their job is to assure that a world-be freelancer does quality work, but they’re also looking for proof that the freelancer is responsible/professional enough to actually complete an assignment. Whether you’re getting your stuff out there on a personal website, working on fanzines (like Wayfinder [hint, hint]), or volunteering to help third-party publishers, it’s in your best interest to get your name out there and be able to say you’ve seen projects through to completion. It might not pay a ton in dollars, but it can pay scads in experience, contacts, and personal cache.
Persistence: If you really want to work for a company or in a field or whatever, you can’t just let one rejection stand in your way. By rejection, I mean some gatekeeper telling you “no thank you,” or just not replying to your e-mail. Freelancers and would-be freelancers should remember that editors, developers, project leads, whatever, are typically working under deadlines and stresses their authors/artists have no insight into. In the best-case scenarios, these project leads are forthright about their needs, but that’s not always the case. Heck, sometimes I go days and only get to answer my most urgent e-mails. What that sometimes means is that strangers asking for a shot or guidance or whatever sometimes fall by the wayside. It’s not malicious, it’s not a value judgment, it’s all about backstage stuff.
Especially when starting out, don’t be afraid to be persistent. A week tends to be a polite amount of time to let a gatekeeper respond to you. If they don’t, feel free to ping them again. If they still don’t, ping them again. If they still don’t, Damn it! This is your career! So ping them again. Either they’ll get back to you and let you know what’s up, they’ll give you someone with (hopefully) more time to talk, or (doubtfully) they’ll needlessly flip out. Even that unlikely last possibility gets you an answer, with the side effect of letting you know you didn’t want to work with them anyway.
The squeaky wheel gets oiled. Don’t be afraid to be squeaky—but always remember to be a polite squeak.
Just Do It: A major turning point for me as a writer was when I learned about an open call the day before the deadline. Figuring why not, I fired off something without my theretofore usual obsessing.
And it got accepted. And I got paid for it.
I’m not advocating you do shoddy work. I’m advocating you work. Because that’s when I realized, oh my god, there couldn’t have been hundreds of people submitting like I’d assumed. There must have only been a few. My odds, which I’d always assumed where astronomical, were actually, probably not that bad.
Now I’m on the other side, and I’m pleased to say, 16-year-old me was totally right! We’ve done contests and gotten fewer than a dozen entries. We’ve done open calls and only had three or four submissions. We ran a slush pile for D&D articles in Dragon for years and rarely got serious contributions.
What I’m saying is that your competition largely exists in your own imagination. So stop assuming you don’t have any chance, stop holding your work up against non-existent rivals, and just do your thing. If it gets accepted, great! If it doesn’t, hold on to it, tinker with it later, and you’ll have something for later. But more than anything, get to work and get submitting!
So there you are. Now go be awesome!
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Sums up their personalities pretty well.
Eddy: I can achieve anything
Edd: there’s a logical way to achieve what I want
Ed: there’s nothing standing in my way
Eddy hopping over the fence indicates his willingness to “cheat” the system, or to take a shortcut. Much like his schemes, it might end up being more work, but in his mind, cheating is the best way to get ahead.
Edd goes the neat and logical way, he’s straight forward. BUT, note that he closes the gate behind him rather than leaving it open. He’s incredibly meticulous and even if it’s more convenient to leave it open for anyone coming in behind him, he has to leave things neat, tidy and as he found them.
Ed is also is straight forward, he in fact is using the MOST direct route. But this route is one no one else would consider because it seems completely nonsensical. Which sums him up pretty well. The fact that it works for him is also fun to note. In general his earnestness and determination carries him through situations that most people would be stopped by.
I appreciate anyone who can wax philosophical about a chinless lump who once ate his own mattress whole.
(via geekeryandsuch)Source: greenwithenby
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isnt it odd how the human mind expands inwardly forever
i can build characters and worlds and universes and define new laws of nature
construct stories and timelines and fit it all together inside my own head
and yet i can’t draw a fUCKING LAMP
(via noahlusion)Source: jalapenopizza
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"And if you call me at 4 am, too sad to even say hello, I will listen to your silence until you fall asleep. If you need to cry I will not wipe your tears away because you are only human and sometimes tears are as close to laughter as you can get and that’s okay. If you get sleepy I will let you drool on my arm and I won’t laugh at you if you snore too loud. If you need to yell so hard that your voice cracks and your knees fail I will hold you up and yell with you. If you get so angry you punch your hands red I will ice your knuckles and tell you that wounds heal both inside and out, and just like the cold that is harsh and burning, I will always be the warmth to soothe you and make you feel better. I will love you."
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Lately, straight people have been bashed by the LGBT community as well. People are getting cocky(not saying that heterosexual people aren’t cocky too…)
I believe it’s the uprising in support for same sex couples.
(I myself am not straight, so please don’t call me ‘homophobic’)
which brings me to another point
Just because someone doesn’t support homosexuality, or doesn’t like it, doesn’t mean they’re homophobic. It’s when they insult/degrade/bash a person due to the fact that they’re gay that we have a problem.
Here, I’m talking about the extreme feminists/extreme misogynists
Women, please, for fuck’s sake, do not wish for a man to be castrated/raped/neutered.
Men, please…Women have grown out of the era where we ‘stay in the kitchen/stay home/take care of the children’. There are a lot of women who prefer to get jobs, help support their family, and contribute to society by getting jobs. It should not be the man’s job to bring home the pay check. With the wife bringing one home too, hey more money! Also, both: The opposite sex is not a sex object. No gender is a sex object. The human body is not a sex object. Stop treating it as such.
Tumblr/tumblr gay shippers
For fuck’s sake, do you listen to yourselves when you say ‘make heterosexuality illegal’
…Just think over that.
This one last topic:
Anyone can rape. Anyone. And it’s still fucking serious.
Men can rape women.
Women can rape men.
Women can rape women.
Men can rape men.
Not saying that they should, but It’s just as important/serious. I’ve seen arguments saying it’s not as mentally/physically damaging if a man is raped, or he’s ‘gay’ because he didn’t enjoy it, or that he’s ‘weak’ because a woman ‘overpowered’ him.
Rape is serious. Okay? Okay.
But please, can we all just practice some empathy before we start arguments/bashing? We all have different opinions. Just ‘take a step in the other person’s shoes’.
We shouldn’t act like a bag of dicks. Seriously.
(Also, I would like to point out that I’m not straight and support gay marriage, but hetero people exist and is the ‘norm’, as they say, and I’m alright with that. Anyone hating on anybody won’t make them any better)
I like how this is one of the ONLY things I have seen on Tumblr today that makes sense and isn’t just “Hurrr, straight white male privilege,” yet it doesn’t even get a quarter of reposts or likes than any of that dribble. Everyone just needs to shut the fuck up, grow up, and get along.
(via the-fall-of-fingolfin)Source: blindednobility