In the afternoon, I read a good book (Richmond's Unhealed History by Benjamin Campbell, if you're curious) before going to the CafeMedia office on Fifth Avenue. There, I trained for my new tenure as weekend editor of Vivala, a website for Latina Millennials. If you think that involved sitting at a desk with a pen and quill and staring off dreamily into the distance until inspiration struck, you're wrong! The Vivala team does an excellent job of developing stories for a digital-savvy audience. That requires the entire editorial team having a strong grasp of social media and other digital tools. I'm excited to become a part of the Vivala squad and know I will learn a lot very fast.
I always tell my Quail Bell Magazine mentees that, today, writing is no longer just about writing. Your story and your language matter most, but there are other factors to take into consideration. Even if you primarily write literature, your understanding of a web-first world matters. Think of how many literary magazines are online these days. Think of how many books are digital only these days. They are never released in print and when they are, they need Facebook and Twitter promotion up the wazoo. If you want to become a professional staff writer (or think you do), check out my list of suggested skills in this LinkedIn Pulse post.
You also should check out my professional writing portfolio here and drop me a line if you'd like to work with me. I'm always on the hunt for new adventures—at least when I'm not on deadline. Speaking of which, I better go file some copy for BarkPost and CarStory right now.