However, a two-minute animated Cap’n Crunch commercial from my advertising days that was, you guessed it, a story, helped me land a scriptwriting job at Filmation, one of the top Hollywood animation studios at the time. I became a story editor, writing scripts and editing the work of others. I have twenty half-hour screenplay credits from that gig. During that time, I also scripted a video adaptation of The Little Engine that Could for Universal Pictures; it’s on the shelves in video stores.
But I moved on from that place and that job, re-entered advertising, ran into ageism, and began reinventing myself as an editor. Starting as a subcontractor for an online editing service, I edited beginner novels, and I became a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and the Northwest Independent Editors Guild. I launched an online editing service, editorrr.com, in 2001, and have had modest success. I depend on a day job as a writer, editor, and video producter for a university to pay the serious bills.
As a form of guerilla marketing to generate editing work, in 2004 I started Flogging the Quill, a blog about the art and craft of storytelling. FtQ has become a popular litblog on the Internet: consistently in the top ten blogs on the Publishers Marketplace site; more than one hundred blogs link to it; and thousands of writers stop by every week for my coaching, essays on craft and storytelling, and critiques of writing.
While editing jobs have come to me as a result of the blog, the most satisfying part has been helping other writers conquer writing difficulties--you should see the delight in the thank-you notes I receive. I’ve also used the litblog as a springboard to doing editing workshops focused on storytelling at writer’s conferences