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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)

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

Step Away from the Deck Chairs: 4 Different Kinds of Rewrites

When writers send me a rough draft of a book or script for notes, they really really want me to tell them all they have to do is rearrange some … Continue reading

June 23, 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

Comedy Spec Script 2014 — What is hot and what is not (via TV Calling)

TV Calling’s latest take on which comedy scripts are best to spec strategically. Read all at: http://www.tv-calling.com/comedy-spec-script-2014-what-is-hot-and-what-is-not/

June 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Drama Spec Script 2014 — What is hot and what is not (via TV Calling)

Excellent industry update including circa 2014… – Over-specced (shows that have passed their prime, try to avoid doing them) – Mainstream (shows that have matured enough that they have become … Continue reading

June 3, 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

The New Journalism: New Platforms for Journalists (and Source Material for Movies)

To many writers, to almost anyone for that matter, Joshuah Bearman and Joshua Davis are living the dream. As accomplished practitioners of big, nonfiction magazine writing, they regularly publish articles … Continue reading

August 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Galaxy of Franchises: The New Yorker Interactive Infographic of Movie Franchise Profitability

Hollywood is enamored with the franchise. A profitable one can sustain sequels across multiple decades that are worth billions of dollars in ticket sales alone. But, as the box-office ups … Continue reading

May 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

(Almost Everything You Need to Know About) Writing for TV

Bless the Writers Guild of America – and not just for their awesome health plan (which includes dental coverage!). There’s lots of great info on their website, including this set … Continue reading

May 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Short is Beautiful: The Comeback of the Short Story?

Two years ago, my friend wrote a beautiful collection of short stories. She got them to a well-known lit agent who told her that there was no way any traditional … Continue reading

March 1, 2013 · 5 Comments
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