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

7 Reasons Agents Stop Reading Your First Chapter

Blogger Livia Blackburne reports on the reasons a panel of literary agents lost interest in books. Please note that this panel was at a public conference (a horrible environment to … Continue reading

March 4, 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

How to Write a (Non-Fiction) Book Proposal from Jane Friedman, ex-Publisher of Writer’s Digest

A great article about the what, why, how and when of writing a book proposal from the ex-Publisher of Writer’s Digest and current editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review. She … Continue reading

February 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Found in Translation by Michael Cunningham (author of “The Hours”)

It’s all so perfect in your mind but so hard to translate it from the abstract, timeless concept onto hard, cold paper. Michael Cunningham (Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Hours” … Continue reading

February 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Review: The Book Publisher’s Toolkit

The Book Publishers Toolkit: 10 Practical Pointers for Independent and Self Publishers Vol. 1 This short volume (est. 52 pages) is a grab-bag of articles, a few of which are, … Continue reading

February 21, 2013 · 2 Comments

Productivity During Your Rough Draft (Including Some Famous Authors’ Daily Page Count)

Productivity (Phase 3: Rough Drafting) “I regard the piece of paper as my employer. I have to fill that piece of paper. How I feel—whether it is difficult or not, … Continue reading

February 18, 2013 · 2 Comments

Self-Published Success Story: Trolls and Lots of Them!

Amanda Hocking started writing, and self-publishing, fantasy fiction as a teenager in Minnesota. After she proved her own market, traditional publisher St. Martin’s gave her a $2 million deal. She … Continue reading

February 15, 2013 · 1 Comment

Do It Yourself e-Publishing 101: A Report From the Trenches on the Thrill, Agony and Drudgery of Self-Publishing an e-Book

I knew from the start that I wanted to self-publish my new book “How To Be A Writer Who Writes” as a digital e-book. No publisher was going to give … Continue reading

February 9, 2013 · 10 Comments

Query Letters That Succeeded in Getting Writers Signed With (Book) Agents

Maybe you’ve already written a book (congratulations!) Maybe you’ve already started the often-maddening process of trying to get an agent to read it and represent it (and you), but it … Continue reading

February 4, 2013 · 1 Comment

I Rock!

Another 5-star review for “How To Be A Writer Who Writes: Strategies and Tactics to Start and Finish Your Book or Script” on Amazon: Full of good ideas February 3, … Continue reading

February 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

10 Guidelines for Writing a Query to a Book Agent

Here are some good basic guidelines for agent query letters (mostly as they apply to books) from a column on Click here to read the full article. When Writing … Continue reading

February 1, 2013 · 2 Comments