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 · 3 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

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

How to Write a Humor Book Proposal (What the National Lampoon is/was Looking For)

As a writing coach, I have worked on a number of proposals with authors and agents, and almost every one is different. They vary pretty widely with the particulars of … Continue reading

December 5, 2012 · Leave a comment