Jason Pargin aka David Wong began blogging his stories in the 90s and then made his stories, now enough to creat a book, via cafepress for fans who wanted physical copies. After years of working temp office jobs and writing on the side, he got an email from Don Coscarelli who had recently found a copy of his book. After ignoring the email thinking it was a scam, he sold the rights and John Dies At The End was created.
Three weeks later he got an offer to write for Cracked. With a journalism degree, no connections, no pitching, no book deal, just 13 years of writing online. Then a publishing company contacted him to print the hard cover of John Dies At the End.
By the time the film was complete, he was done with his second book, The Book is Full of Spiders which made the New York Times Best Seller List, while working at Cracked. He worked at Cracked for 13 years but wrote part time online, all told, for 22 years.
Jason explain what Cracked was for those who don’t know, how it was resurrected and transformed with him and two other people to a staff of over 40, to how it ended for him. And what ultimately happened to Cracked?
Why he wrote under the pseudonym, David Wong, for so many years? And how he came up with the name? How social media has changed writing for the worst? But why it’s a necessary evil to even be considered for a deal.
Why he is thankful for success later, rather than in his 20s? Part 2 is coming up next!!
Find all things related to him at https://johndiesattheend.com
Plus his newest book releasing soon, at the time of this podcast 10/2022, If This Book Exists, You're in the Wrong Universe.
If you were a Cracked fan, he writes the same kind of articles here, sign up! https://jasonpargin.substack.com
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