Sep 07 2011

Looking for work (very part-time)

Published by at 4:43 am under Editor-head,what a piece of WORK is man

While convalescing, I have a question for my writer and editor readers: how does one go about finding genuine slush-reading or copy-editing gigs?  They don’t need to be paying jobs, which I expect opens up the opportunities immensely, but while I am healing (which I’m told will take months), I’d like to be doing as much as I can to expand my writing and editing abilities.  I’ve been told that being a slush reader or first layer of copy-editor can give a ton of good experience in many areas of writing (including what not to do) in spades).

I can’t take on a large workload in such areas, as I have a lot of other things on my plate to juggle (first, that dedicated healing, as well as kid-care, and my own writing) but I think I have time and energy for a handful of stories per month.  What I don’t have time or energy for is wading through the spammish ads and websites out there for such things to find out where the genuine opportunities in such areas are.  That most definitely saps more time and energy than I have to spare while healing myself and being a mom and writer and household manager and all the other wonderful things I’m regaining as I continue to live and beat cancer.

So I ask you, faithful readers, if you have suggestions on how to narrow down that search, or even better, know of who might be looking for such people? I’d probably do my best work in the realms of horror, science fiction, fantasy, and mystery, but I’m also a fast learner.  I appreciate the help!

2 responses so far

2 Responses to “Looking for work (very part-time)”

  1. Skyeon 07 Sep 2011 at 10:21 am

    A writer friend of mine who did this (and found it instructive) got his gig by writing the editors of several of his favorite online and print mags and asking if they needed help. He read slush, built a relationship with the editorial staff, and enjoyed it all. Good luck with it all!

  2. LaShawnon 20 Sep 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Clarkesworld just put out a call for slushreaders. http://clarkesworld.livejournal.com/176477.html

    It’s unpaid, but might be what you’re looking for.