Some others things I gone and done.
I started a website after university called Sleepwalkers Magazine, which was a local alternative lifestyle and music site. I cultivated contacts with several PR companies and games publishers. Over time, the site evolved into a blog (this’n). In addition, I’ve done these other bits and pieces:
Dubit Ltd: I have produced pitch documentation for this Leeds based game developer. This involves sorting through information about a potential game and making it read clearly and concisely, guiding both an uninformed reader and a technical reader to the relevant information.
Grammarly: Through the freelancing website Upworks, I won a contract to write a series of articles for the popular writing technique website Grammarly. These include pieces on literary techniques, improving your writing, academic writing and punctuation.
Copify and Textbroker: I have written several pieces for these sites, where companies pay for article-by-article copywriting, like a copy market. I’ve done a huge amount for these, from product descriptions and page copy to blog posts and CVs. On the lighter side, this is one of many paid game reviews.
Don’t Lose Your Headline: I co-host this podcast, which is a news comedy show aimed at finding the most outlandish and bizarre news from around the world. Some are real, some are fake- but in this show, truth is often stranger than fiction!
CYOA for Mestory: I wrote a short, paid Choose Your Own Adventure game for a company called SOWO, which is placed on a mobile interactive fiction app called Mestory. The piece is called ‘The Night of the Wolf and the Sellsword.’
Kite Digital: I wrote several articles on SEO and website usability for a web design company called Kite Digital. They looked unnervingly like this:
Selling is an art, not an exact science. It is about creativity and flair as much as following a specific formula. However, marketing has also been around for a very long time and it’s true that there are certain tried and tested techniques that can be used to maximize the chances of success.
It comes down to a little pop psychology. The art of selling varies depending on the product but one thing stays the same- the audience. Knowing a thing or two about human nature can go a long way towards making sales online. There are ways to tune into how people think- soft sell approaches that speak to the customer on a subconscious level while still being ethically sound.
Review of the Axis Festival: I reviewed the first ever Axis Festival (an urban music and culture festival), with photos. The review was kindly published by the BBC Stoke and Staffordshire website. There are two articles: an overall review published here, and a Sandi Thom gig review published here.
Photography: After doing photojournalism in university, I took an interest in photography. My main paid work was for a nightclub promoter, specifically for a local rock night called Devil’s Night. I also did some band photography and the occasional live music gig. See the slideshow above for a few samples!