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INSIDE THE ART, CRAFT AND BUSINESS OF WRITING for Film, TV, Books, Stage, Print or Digital Media (with Particular Attention to Comedy)

6 Formulas for Formula Fiction (by Jim Denney via Michael Moorcock)

1. Length formula: 60,000 words, divided into four sections of 15,000 words, six chapters in each section, no chapter longer than 2,500 words. Each chapter is required to contain elements … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Common Sense, 50 Shades of Gray and 2 other Great Reasons to Consider Self-publishing

In 1776, the failed corset-maker Thomas Paine, then fired from his job as a newspaper editorialist, wrote, edited and self-published “Common Sense”, the pamphlet credited with galvanizing the American colonies … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

5 Research Steps Before You Write Your Book Proposal (from Jane Friedman)

Step 1. Explore and understand competing titles. Step 2. Research the non-book landscape. Step 3. Study the authors and influencers you’ve found. Step 4. Pinpoint your primary market. Step 5. Analyze how … Continue reading

August 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Turn It Up, Over and Out at the LA Writers Clinic: Aug. 16 & Sept. 6

Focus, unblock or (re-)energize your book, script or pitch at any stage of the process: * Rewrites * Outlines * Stuck mid-draft * Can’t find the funny * Strategic re-alignment … Continue reading

August 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Latest Data on Self-Publishing and e-Books for Indie Authors (via AuthorEarnings.com)

Hugh Howey’s “7k Report” will blow your mind with data about the publishing market. As always, genres rules sales, but read this detailed report about market-share for indie, self-published and … Continue reading

July 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Track Publishing Trends (or anything – or anyone – else!) in Published Books

Meet Ngram, an intriguing data-mining device from Google that charts the relative citation of any words or phrases in all books published (that are in the Google database). Enter your … Continue reading

June 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Review: “Into the Woods” by John Yorke

This profound and practical book may be the penultimate work about story structure you’ll ever need (I’m working on a new reference book that could conceivably count as the last). … Continue reading

May 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

Query Letter Pet Peeves – Agents Speak (from Chuck Sambuchino – via Writers in the Storm)

11 literary agents catalog their pet peeves, including: “Dear Agent…” Vagueness Dull chapter summaries “What would you do if…?” Read the whole article here: http://writersinthestorm.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/query-letter-pet-peeves-agents-speak/ * * * Awesome art … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Some Ways to Promote, Market and Publicize Your Book (even if you have a publisher)

Promoting your own book is like trying to move sand off a beach using tweezers. You can do it, but it’s S-L-O-W. When you’re doing your own promotion, you start … Continue reading

May 18, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Top 10 “Common Elements” in Best-Seller Novels (via J.T. Velikovsky)

Stieg Larsson, Stephanie Meyer, J K Rowling, James Patterson and Dan Brown… What `Top 10 Things’ do their best-selling fiction novels all have in common? 1) ALL ARE IN THE SAME GENRE…  All … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

For Writers, No Doesn’t Always Mean No: Drown Your Rejection Sorrows in These Rejections by Famous Writers

1. George Orwell It seems Alfred Knopf didn’t always understand satire. Animal Farm, the famed dystopian allegory that later became an AP Reader standard and Retrospective Hugo Award winner, was … Continue reading

February 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Smaller Piece of the Pie: Gender Imbalance in Magazine Publishing and Book Reviews (via VIDA)

It’s not just your imagination, there’s still a major gender imbalance in magazines, especially book reviews and coverage of books. Keep your fingers crossed that things might have gotten a … Continue reading

January 11, 2014 · Leave a comment
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