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Chapter 17. So You Wannabe a Web Writer ... > Where Web Writers and Editors Come F...

Where Web Writers and Editors Come From

Who knows? We fell into this line of work. For several years, we had written a 3,000-word “At Home” section for FamilyPC magazine. Budget cutbacks, fired editors, and a new owner brought our work there to an end. Looking for another gig, we decided to check out the Web. We sold some articles to a new site, named Thunderbeam (because no one else had chosen that as a domain name, the boss told us). A few months later, the editor quit, and we were hired as her replacement for the grand sum of $700 a month. OK, the work was easy (a few articles, a little editing). We learned how to code a little HTML, how to use Photoshop, and how to cut. We went from writing 3,000-word articles to compressing a lot into 500 words. We discovered bullets, chunks, and links. The site morphed into new designs, new names, and new identities several times, and eventually became KBkids.com. In a few years, just by doing it, we became Web writing and editing experts. We left the site, took on Web clients, wrote a book about online shopping and another about digital imaging, and started appearing on TV, radio, and online chats as Web mavens. Sound like something you'd like to do?

Good writing is not data.

Constance Hale, Wired Style


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