Louis Roe interviews Delany Martinez, freelance writer. Making a living as a online freelance writer means you're competing in a global market, but it's still a small world, and reputations can be easily built — and ruined — with online tools like WriterAccess. Martinez discusses the challenges and benefits of working for a variety of clients as a freelance writer in today's economy.
Claire Paschal interviews Breanna Locke, a books editorial intern at Wiley-Blackwell and editorial consultant at Vegan Publishers. Working with both big and small publishers, Locke gives her perspective on the unique environments for each, how they can use crowdfunding, where she'd like to end up, and how her Emerson College education prepared her for these roles.
Hannah Brown of Simmer Magazine interviews Dave Tytell, formerly of America's Test Kitchen. With so many recipes online for free, why should consumers pay for ATK's premium services — and how effective is this strategy? Tytell reflects on these matters, as well as successful and failed ventures, during his time at America's Test Kitchen (2008–2012).
Briana Loewen interviews Chris Brock, manager of digital vendor operations at Constellation Digital Services. E-books are soaring in popularity and sales, yet the process for creating them and the platforms that support their more advanced features stand room for improvement. Brock discusses where the medium can go from here and the skills and resources necessary to get us there.
Ashleigh Heaton interviews Sarah Rodriguez, director of network development at Geek and Sundry as well as creator and editor-in-chief of Nerdy But Flirty. As these two geek empires expand, it's important that they remain connected with their audience and not lose focus of their founding mission. Rodriguez discusses the approaches and tools she uses and the future of media platforms such as YouTube.
Amber Cunningham interviews Stewart Ulm, director of user interface development at Kayak.com, about his experience with user interface development, user experience, and the electronic publishing industry as a whole. What elements should a website have to offer a satisfactory user experience, and what skills should a webmaster have to implement those features? Listen as Amber and Stewart discuss these issues, as well as tangents such as the pervasiveness of digital media, its effect on our memory, and the tracking of online activity.
I've generally had a difficult time finding a podcast that I like, so I was thrilled when I discovered The Accidental Creative. The episodes vary in length from a mere six minutes to a half-hour. The show tackles all issues of creativity, from setting goals to the topic of one of the more recent episodes, the creative flow state. Host Todd Henry addresses what most people see as the roadblocks of creativity, and provides methods to create on a day-to-day basis. The show is succinct yet insightful. Henry interviews sources who work in the field, who have insight into the various trials and tribulations of the creative process. I would highly recommend this podcast for those who suffer from procrastination, a tough inner-critic, or writer's block. Learning about the scientific roots of creativity allows listeners the opportunity to gain a better understanding of how to successfully reach a high level of productivity. Being a victim of procrastination myself, this podcast is definitely worth investing some time in.