- Writer's Blog tells us how Reality TV Writers [want] To Unionize. What I didn't know was that there are writers for Reality TV. It's my fault - maybe if I ever watched a reality TV show other than American or Canadian Idol, which shamefully I admit I'm addicted to - I would know that.
Original article in L.A. Times - Reality Show Writers Seek Representation
Because writers are deeply involved in the dozens of reality shows, union leaders argue, they should get similar pay and benefits as writers on conventional programs. "These are issues of justice for these writers," said Daniel Petrie Jr., president of the WGA, West. He described reality TV as a "sweatshop" for writers.
- And somewhat on the flip side (arguably, but perhaps not), science-fiction novelist and part of the Boing Boing team, Cory Doctorow, has just released his third novel, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, for free download under a Creative Commons license.
The whole point of giving away electronic books is to experiment with electronic text and spot where the new opportunities for earning a writer's living lie -- working with my audience, not against them. So with every release, I've tried some experimentation. This book is no exception.
Categories: publishing, unions, ebooks