I'm in the early stages of writing my own tabletop RPG System/Setting. I plan to self-publish most likely, probably starting off just on DriveThruRPG and seeing how it goes from there.
And I'm looking to hire some additional writers—of both “fluff” and “crunch”—because as much as I might like to, I really don't think I can design it all myself. I mean, I don't think any game system out there has ever been a solo authorship, has it?
What online community would you recommend to post this kind of “Help Wanted” ad? Is there a better way of hiring freelancers of this type?
Please note that I am looking for freelancers, not collaborators. In the past, I've had someone express interest in collaborating with me on the game, only to then go in and try to change about half of all my ideas and remake it into something that this individual wanted it to be. Unsurprisingly, we went our separate ways due to creative differences. I am very anal and OCD (literally—I suffer from pretty severe Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) about this setting… it's my baby, and I'm not really looking for notes or “constructive criticism” about how to improve the parts of it I already have. Those are set in stone.
I am looking for writers who can take this as canon, as gospel, and then add on to it—new locations, new characters, new powers—without retconning or changing anything that's already established. Basically, I'm specifically not looking for co-authors who want to write with me, but for freelance writers who I pay to write for me.
For Further Clarification:** I'm currently unpublished. I don't have any kind of “inside” industry connections. I'm looking for a way to get my foot in the door as far as hiring/networking with freelancers. Particularly, I'm looking for a place to do this online.
For example, I know where to go when I'm ready to start hiring illustrators for my game book. The Conceptart.org Forums. I just put up a Wanted ad, describing the price range I'm looking to pay and the kind of art I need, and BAM! the emails start pouring in. Is there a similar place like this online for RPG freelance writers?*