I recently watched a video of John Cleese’s lecture on the five requirements for creativity. If you haven’t seen it before, I highly recommend it. It’s both insightful and hilarious (it is John Cleese, after all) and well worth the 30 minutes or so of your time. One of the requirements Cleese mentions is the […]
Erika Robuck, long-time contributor to Writer Unboxed, recently released her fourth novel Fallen Beauty. Erika also writes about and reviews historical fiction at her blog, Muse. We’re very pleased to have her here today to tell us more about her newest novel! Q: What’s the premise of your new book? ER: In Fallen Beauty […]
Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Last November, I wrote a post about deadbeat vanity publisher 2 Moon Press, which closed its doors in May 2013 amid competing claims of wrongdoing by its former and current owners. In theShow More Summary
The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: I am Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 132 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. So, Craig, as we’re recording this on a Friday afternoon […]
The temperature is supposedly bottoming out today (20-ish degrees colder than yesterday). I don’t know, because I haven’t been outside yet. But it does “sound” cold. Before jumping into today’s prompt, I … Read more
John and Craig look at the implicit contract made between screenwriters and readers -- and ultimately, movies and their audience. That's a natural introduction to our Three Page Challenge and the three new entries we look at this we...
Regarding the graphic above, man, was I glad I was able to bear down on those lolling tuna boats Dickens and Hugo—they need to get up from their on-deck hammocks and at least think about hitting the book-peddling accelerator before I catch them. Though I do hope I didn’t peeve dear Charlotte; however, she being […]
I have been traveling for the past week, and during this week I happened to have a conversation that made me consider something that I had previously not considered. I am used to thinking that the category, “literature,” is by now too broad or impossibly narrow; that it’s part of a publishing-industry fantasy, basically (not [...]
The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hello and welcome. My name is John August. Craig Mazin: My name is Craig Mazin. John: And this is Episode 131 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Craig, how are ya? Craig: You know, I’m — […]
Today marks the 100th release for Gauss PDF, the publisher of digital and physical works that we’ve pointed you to again and again and again, because we mean it. “Initiated in 2010, [Gauss PDF] hosts a vast range of materials and media—from PDFs to videos to labyrinthine zip files—all available for free download and/or at-price [...]
1. The book business is a great business: Trust me. I spent fifteen years in a really bad business: the music business (a super sleazy viper’s nest of an industry). I’m not saying the book biz doesn’t have its problems, but I’ve largely found publishing to be a well-oiled machine. Show More Summary
Craig and John get in your head to talk procrastination, pageorexia and generalized anxiety. They also move beyond the psychopathology to discuss all the changes in the industry, from cable mergers to lawsuits to disruptive technologies. You’re not as paranoid as you think you are.
Doug Karr’s new film Art Machine is available on demand and through iTunes. I asked him to write up a post about his experience finishing it. Nearly three years ago John watched my ambitious and rather complicated short film Ten for Grandpa and liked it enough to not only post it, but also ask me […]
At Fanzine, Joyelle McSweeney reviews Lonely Christopher’s new book of poems, Death & Disaster Series (Monk Books, 2014) (is it a possible partner to Kenny Goldsmith’s newest, we wonder…but nay, more that all give due to Warhol). In fact, what interests McSweeney “is not just the appropriation of Warhol’s title but what is conjured by [...]
It’s fantastic to hear from people in other industries with parallels to the upheavals in publishing. In this video interview, I talk to Simon Scott from Push Entertainment about his experiences marketing in the music business, and how it applies to authors who want to cultivate fans of their work. I love Simon’s no-nonsense attitude […]
One writer says to survive as a writer you need to allow yourself to accept these 13 things. Read more
Smart, funny… tragic? Let us wander into Sophia’s Le Fraga’s textacular rendering of “Waiting For Godot.” N-Joy! Many thanks to the good folks at Gauss PDF for posting. GPDF093 : Sophia Le Fraga : W8ING from Gauss PDF on Vimeo.
Therese here. Back in November, I put a call out to the WU Facebook group for pitches to claim one of the last remaining spots on our calendar for 2013. Eddie Louise won the spot I had set aside for the win. Some of the pitches were so good that I hoarded them for later […]
Self-publishing books for children is doubly difficult than adult books in terms of production, because of the cost of print books, which are necessary for that market, and also because targeted marketing is much harder. In today’s interview,...Show More Summary
As you well know by now, Amiri Baraka died yesterday. The tributes, obituaries, remembrances, recordings, and articles are pouring in. A roundup, as of today, plus some of our own: The New York Times obituary. In the series of alternating embraces and repudiations that would become an ideological hallmark, Mr. Baraka spent his early career [...]