Like something out of Dr Who, life has changed dramatically in the last decade. Even time has shifted and morphed. You know this - it's suddenly Christmas when you are still fishing Easter egg silver wrapping from between the sofa cushions. Show More Summary
Using a scene from my 2003 pilot "Alaska," I thought it would be interesting to compare the written scene to what it looked like in the final version.
Marthe Reed reviews Tracey McTague’s first book, Super Natural (Trembling Pillow Press 2013) for HTMLGIANT: “This playful, satiric collection explicitly samples its sources in folklore, myth, and history, even as its subjects are the...Show More Summary
NBC seeks to adapt the classic horror story Rosemary's Baby for the television audience. News by Nathan Scalia Let's face the ugly truth: horror has a bad reputation with those who judge what's artistically important. I don't think it's fair, and I'm sure many of you will agree that well-written horror has a very important place in our media. Show More Summary
Yes, that’s right. Small Press Traffic, the literary arts non-profit based in San Francisco since 1974, is gearing up for its FORTIETH BIRTHDAY. Holy smokes, Robyn! Help Small Press Traffic party it up right with your fiscal support. To produce its upcoming 2014 season, SPT is asking for $10,000 in twenty- that’s right- twenty days! [...]
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The idea is paramount. If you can build your story around a unique and compelling idea, your odds of selling it increase dramatically. Too many perfectly good projects never sell because their … Read more
Vellum! That’s right poetry peeps, there’s a new game in town. Pixar Alums Brad West and Brad Andalman have teamed up to launch (like, today!) a new, Macintosh-based App to help authors and publishers craft “pixel perfect e-books.” It’s called Vellum. TechCrunch weighs in: Vellum is an app for the Mac developed by a team [...]
Here are my ten favorite short stories for 2013. Column by Richard Thomas Before people get their noses all bent out of shape, here are the parameters for my selections. These are not the best stories of 2013, because I obviously cannot read every story written, every literary journal, every genre anthology. Show More Summary
Another day, another lawsuit ends in a result for the online retail giant and the big six publishers — down to the wording of the allegations. News by Dean Fetzer So, it’s Wednesday, must be time for another lawsuit to be thrown out by the judge. Show More Summary
You like that headline? We bet you do. This just in from James Sherry of The Segue Foundation, which, if you aren’t awares, presents some of the finest post-Langpo and post-50 Conceptual writing going on well, going on! In fact, Segue has had a great year, having published four titles under Roof Books in 2013: [...]
It's chilly, so in this month's Dystropia we'll explore some lesser-trodden Xmas cliches. Column by Troy Farah Somewhere situated between Easter Island and Papua New Guinea, perfectly pinned on a straight line between the Great Pyramid...Show More Summary
The history of writing is full of authors striving to succeed in a hyper-competitive publishing world, contending with agents, editors, publishers, critics, and sometimes the greatest challenge of all—overnight success. David Comfort’s … Read more
Democracy Now! ended its special coverage of Nelson Mandela’s funeral this week with a poem written by Maya Angelou, dedicated to the late South African civil rights leader. AMY GOODMAN: We end today’s show with a video message delivered by the renowned poet and author Dr. Maya Angelou in memory of Nelson Mandela. They first [...]
You can thank my hubby for this nerdgasm: And to Lily, I have to say YOU GO GIRL: When I made my call a couple weeks ago looking for holiday stuff to read, both Mandi from Smexy Books and … Continue reading ?
Theme is something writers often talk about, especially literary writers. You rarely hear a romance writer agonize over nailing her theme before she begins writing. Which might be why “genre” fiction often has more to say about the human condition — and way more accessibly — than, um, some of the more notoriously impenetrable literary novels […]
Last April I finished the developmental edits on my fourth novel and sent it off to my publisher. I’d turned the manuscript in three weeks earlier and had spent the time with my fabulous editor to polish it before my husband and I left for a week of vacation. Typically, edits take me four weeks Read more...
I’m sure you heard about the Amazon drones on the news around Cyber Monday, but did you watch the full video interview between Jezz Bezos and Charlie Rose? I watched it a few days later, and as well as being highly impressed, it’s also put some things in perspective for me as an indie author. […]
A series of quotes for writers and others that you might find useful in thinking ahead to the New Year: "The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next." - Mignon McLaughlin...
Literary agent Jordy Albert (The Booker Albert Literary Agency) recently reached out to me and asked for an agent spotlight. She wants to get the word out about how she is actively seeking young adult, middle grade and new adult submissions from new authors. Show More Summary