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

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

Seth Speaks: Family Guy Creator, Oscar Host & Mega-Mogul Seth MacFarlane On Breaking Into the TV Business

Seth MacFarlane talks about getting started in the business, what he looks for in a spec script and the original pilot for “Family Guy” in this exclusive interview for The … Continue reading

February 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

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

Network TV Comedy Pilots Greenlit for 2013

Here’s a pretty comprehensive list of the comedy pilots getting made this season via Splitsider, an excellent comedy website. Expect to see lots of post-nuclear blended and expanded families on … Continue reading

February 1, 2013 · 2 Comments

The Official Network TV Pilot Season Report 2013

This pilot season (like last) was good to material based on pre-existing material and pre-proven talent. See for yourself in this round-up from the Hollywood Reporter.

January 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

The Scoggins Report on 2012 Movie Pitch Sales

This compilation of sales and trends in the industry is very illuminating (but a little depressing) if you’re trying to pitch a movie. The bottom line: Don’t bother pitching drama … Continue reading

January 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

What Book Editors (Tell Literary Agents They) Want

Find out what major publishers like Da Capo, Pargrave Macmillian, Basic Books, Times Books, New American Library and others say they’re looking for in this article by literary agents Andrew … Continue reading

January 14, 2013 · 1 Comment

What’s the Pitch? 1-Day Intensive Pitching Workshop in LA

Your ‘pitch’ is a crucial element to selling any project, even if you’ve already written and/or produced it. You’re going to have to pitch your idea to producers, directors, executives, … Continue reading

December 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

For Writing Out Loud (Recommended Comedy Storytelling, Personal Essay and Spoken Word Venues in Los Angeles)

You need stage time to get good at comic storytelling or reading your funny personal essays, but how do you get good stage time? Since I started producing Un-Cabaret and … Continue reading

December 5, 2012 · Leave a comment