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Self-Publishing is Basically the YouTube of Literature

6 days agoArts / Writing : LitReactor

Even after going mainstream, self-publishing is still associated with a myriad of stigmas. Here's a few to consider before you make the leap. Column by Brandon Tietz I remember the first time I saw a Jenna Marbles video. It was that one where she talks about how to trick people into thinking you're good looking. Show More Summary

From The First Book To Running A Multi Genre Story Studio With Sean Platt

For some authors, this creative life is about seeing their one book in the world. Others have a vision of their stories reaching the world in many forms, over many years. Today I interview Sean Platt about the beginning of his story studio, and his journey from co-author of one book to the multi-faceted creative […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 166: Critics, Characters and Business Affairs — Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hey, this is John. So today’s episode has the F word in it like four times because we read this letter aloud. So if you have your kids in the car, maybe don’t listen to this episode with the kids in the car […]

Critics, Characters and Business Affairs

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

John and Craig were delighted to join the Slate Culture Gabfest on stage to talk about the gulf between critics and creators. We have the audio from that, and additional thoughts on the issue.

Six Figure Success Self-Publishing Non-Fiction Books With Steve Scott

If you want a six figure income from your books, it’s a good idea to model people who are already making this kind of money. Steve Scott seemed to burst onto the indie non-fiction scene in early 2014, but in fact, he has 42 books and has had an internet business since 2006. I interview […]

Talks From Copenhagen REVERSE Festival: Steven Zultanski on Conceptual Writing, Vanessa Place on Divya Victor’s ‘Race Card’

Just a few weeks ago, an international poetry festival—REVERSE 2014—took place in Copenhagen. Participating poets and scholars were Steven Zultanski, Vanessa Place, and Robert Fitterman from stateside; Susanne Christensen, from Denmark; and Natalia Fedorova, from Russia, among many others. Show More Summary

To Text or Not to Text: How Much Should Technology Show Up in Fiction?

It's obvious that technology in the last ten years or so has changed our daily lives to an extreme. Cell phones, Facebook, Twitter, texting...on and on the list goes, and it's growing every day. The way we communicate has been utterly transformed. Show More Summary

We Are All So Weird

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

I am so weird. In fact, if I wrote a list of all the ways I am weird, you’d be reading until January. And that list would only include the weirdness I recognize. Add to that list the things my husband and children find weird? You’d be reading until 2017. As for you, my friend? You’re weird too. Show More Summary

Copyright, Publishing Contract Clauses, Image Use And Avoiding Getting Sued With Helen Sedwick

There are questions that come up over and over again in the self-publishing world: What does copyright even mean? How do I write about real people and not get sued? How can I protect against piracy? Today, I interview lawyer Helen Sedwick about these and many other legal issues. In the intro, I talk about […]

Scriptnotes, Ep 164: Guardians of the Galaxy’s Nicole Perlman — Transcript

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

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 164 of Scriptnotes, a podcast about screenwriting and things that are interesting to screenwriters. Craig, we are here in your office for the […]

David Fincher thinks you're a pervert (but he's a director worth studying)

3 weeks agoArts / Writing : Time to Write

It's important for writers to understand what directors do (and vice-versa). One of the current top directors is David Fincher and this video analyzing what he does and how he does it is well worth 8 minutes of your time:...

The Poetry World A-Z

Poets, save this post! It just may be the most incredible, informational, controversial, and blah-blah-blah poetry-related post you ever read! Ever!!!! After saving the post, be sure to share it with everyone–whether … Read more

Guardians of the Galaxy’s Nicole Perlman

Craig and John talk with Guardians co-writer Nicole Perlman about the development of this summer’s blockbuster, and her two years as part of Marvel’s in-house writing program. It’s a great look at how movies get started, and the dozens of drafts you didn’t see on the big screen.

Let’s Talk About the Midnight Ramble

As a participant to Furious Flower Poetry Conference at James Madison University, I had to read my poetry (easy to do, sort of) and be interviewed. Well, reading along with poets I deeply admire and who I have admired for many years is not easy, but it was deeply satisfying. Remica L. Bingham-Risher, Mendi Obadike, [...]

Writing Religious Thrillers And Storytelling Lessons From Commercial TV With Simon Toyne

It’s always fantastic to talk to mega bestselling authors and a few years back, Simon Toyne’s Sanctus series was one of the biggest books in the UK, as well as an international bestseller. In this interview, he explains the inspiration behind the books and how 20 years of TV experience taught him the most important […]

Empowered by Embarrassment: The Value of Adding Humor to Your Manuscript

You know those times when you wish you were completely alone? Not because you wish for peace and quiet, but because you hate the fact that others witnessed what just happened to you? I’m talking about those embarrassing moments, theShow More Summary

How To Write A Novel With The Snowflake Method With Randy Ingermanson

If you write fiction, or you want to, sorting out your writing process for a book is a core task. Are you a pantser? Are you a plotter? Or perhaps, you might be a Snowflaker … Today I talk to Randy Ingermanson about his book, How to write a novel using the snowflake method, and […]

Return to Waterloo

Ray Davies’s “Waterloo Sunset” is one of the loveliest songs in rock. A light-handed paean to the pleasures of solitude, distance, and that spiritual equanimity the Greeks called apatheia, it turns a public form—the evergreen pop superhit—into a private, almost diaristic occasion that makes listening feel like a transgressive listening-in. Show More Summary

Self-Publishing And The Bookstrapper’s Guide To Book Marketing With Tucker Max. Podcast Episode 193

When an author and entrepreneur who has sold over 3 million books puts out a book on marketing, you know you have to learn more! Tucker Max on the show today. In the intro, I talk about the introduction of pre-orders for indie authors on Amazon KDP, already available on iBooks and Kobo. I’ve used […]

There is No Horse & Cart. On Finding Success as a Writer.

2 months agoArts / Writing : Writer Unboxed

Before we get to today’s post, I wanted to make you aware of an offer by a group called Writer Mamas. These women are trying to raise funds so that several WU community members can attend the Writer Unboxed Un-Conference in November....Show More Summary

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