Running a geeky business isn’t easy

Carol Pinchefsky has written nearly 2,000 articles about geek culture for outlets such as,, and Over the past 20 years, he has watched fantasy and science fiction grow from a niche interest to a massive cultural force.

Pinchefsky says in episode 504, “There used to be a point where I knew everything there was to know about geek culture because it was contained in just a few areas.” geeks guide to the galaxy podcast. “But now it’s become so widespread that it’s a bit overwhelming. I really can’t keep up. And that’s sad for me, but also incredibly exciting.”

As a freelancer, Pinchefsky knows firsthand how hard it is for science fiction aficionados to make a living doing what they love. “The market as a geek writer is hot, but it’s not as lucrative as I’d like,” she says. “So I’ve been using geek references in business writing lately. I have written articles onam a doctor and change management,’ and I have written articles on ‘security and star wars: rogue one,’ and I wrote, ‘game of Thrones And project management.’ That’s why I’m able to be geeky And get paid.”

Pinchefsky’s first book, Turn your fans into cash, teaches geeks how to monetize their hobbies without attracting the wrath of their favorite creators. “I went to New York Comic Con, and I looked around the dealer’s room and I saw thousands if not thousands of dollars changing hands every hour, and I thought, ‘Wow, a lot of potential in this. Are IP violation Moving,” Pinchefsky says. “So it really made me think I should write a guide, to make sure people do what they like and still respect IP law.”

For the book, Pinchefsky interviewed dozens of writers, artists, cosplayers, convention organizers, and executives. She says the biggest weapon any geek has in their arsenal is a supportive community of fellow fans. “The idea that some solo entrepreneur is making his or her way in the world, making his or her own way, is completely false,” she says. “You will need help, and you will get help because you are surrounded by people, friends and community, and we help each other.”

Listen to the full interview with Carol Pinchefsky in Episode 504 geeks guide to the galaxy (Above). And check out some highlights from the discussion below.

Carol Pinchefsky on growing up geeky:

I grew up in Bergen County, New Jersey. I was smart, I was short, I was completely non-athletic. I wore big glasses—and when I say “big glasses,” we couldn’t afford new glasses, so I had my mom’s glasses, so they were really big for my face. I was constantly picked on, and I’m sure I didn’t make it easy for myself, but I was the girl who always raised my hand whenever there was a question because I always knew the answer. School was so easy for me that I kind of slept through it. I didn’t talk to anyone. Looking back, if I had been a little more self-aware, I would have tried to involve other people and say, “Hey, let’s talk books.” But instead I just kept to myself and that made me a target.

carol pinchefsky on strange tales,

I was an editorial assistant under Darrell Schweitzer and George Scithers, which was quite a bit of experience. We got all kinds of amusing mail… (in one story) an old lady was sitting in her chair and suddenly a man walks out and stabs her. End. I read the envelope, and I couldn’t recognize the return address. I said, “Well, that’s very strange,” and someone said, “How so?” And I said, “Oh, a guy suddenly comes out and stabs his mother, and I don’t recognize the address.” And the man said, “Oh yes, that man. He is a prisoner, and every week he sends a story based on a man suddenly murdering an elderly woman, usually his mother. Sometimes it’s decapitation, sometimes it’s decapitation, but there’s always a murder and it’s always a woman.” And I said, “Not only am I not going to write a rejection letter, but I going to make sure Yours The name on the rejection letter is, Darrell.”

Carol Pinchefsky on Travel:

(My husband) is from England, I’m from the United States, and so we earned all these air miles during our courtship. So we had enough air miles to go to Japan during our honeymoon. We went to a shrine in Kyoto. You got to choose your destiny – you picked up a stick, and handed it to the guy behind the counter, and he would find your destiny for you. My fortune said that I would have good luck but I would lose things. And then when Peter’s luck turned, he said that he would have great luck and he would find his lost things. The man was reading it in Japanese, and he burst out laughing. I think we made his day because it seems like our fates were pretty much intertwined.

Carol Pinchefsky on Intellectual Property:

I met a guy who got a license to write role-playing games, and he had zero experience. He was kind enough to let me use his IP application (in the book). They simply wrote what they thought the company would want to see, and then finally, after pursuing them for several years, the company finally said yes. That was for a video game called Aristocrat class– That was the ’80s version – and now there’s the modern version elite: dangerous, And that’s how he was able to get the IP license… Another person signed up for the IP Licensing Expo. He couldn’t get a single meeting, but just because he signed up, his name was on the list of creators, and someone found him, and now he has the IP license for an upcoming TV show.

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