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Black Lives Matter: A Roundup of Worthy Reads

In the wake of the Michael Brown grand jury non-indictment, this poetry-news day is a slow one. Or is it? Some links we feel might be worth a moment of your time: 1. Audre Lorde’s “Power.” 2. From the blog of our own Don Share: an Open Letter to White Poets From Danez Smith. I [...]

Franz Kafka’s brother, and the perfect agent

John and Craig talk about why writers are often reluctant to show their work, and how film journalists love to focus on the director — even when there’s no director in sight.

Scriptnotes, Ep 170: Lotteries, lightning strikes and twist endings — Transcript

The original post for this episode can be found here. John August: Hey, this is John. Before we start the show today, I want to let you know about the live show happening on December 11th in Hollywood. It’s Scriptnotes with me and Craig and Aline and special guests Jane Espenson, Derek Haas and B.J. […]

Book Cover Design And Entrepreneurship With Derek Murphy

There are two things that are non-negotiable in my opinion for indie authors who want to sell books. Professional editing and professional cover design. In today’s episode, I talk about book cover design with Derek Murphy, who designs all my book covers, plus we discuss the importance of artists also being entrepreneurial. In the intro, […]

Beating Self-Censorship And How Embracing The Shadow Helps My Fiction

I recently did an all-encompassing interview with the lovely Deb Ozarko about changing the status quo. We talked a lot about going indie, self-publishing and creative entrepreneurship, but we also got into some deep and meaningful topics. I must admit to being fueled by pinot noir for the interview, so I opened up a lot […]

From Proposal to Contract in Under a Week

For several years I labored in the agent fields, trying to harvest one for my book on helping doctoral candidates finish their dissertations. My approach, I was sure, was new, based on my longtime practice of coaching doctoral students and editing their dissertation drafts.

2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 15

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Holy (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. I like to think of this as the “Robin prompt” from the old Adam WestShow More Summary

Re-Reading & Re-Viewing Joseph Mosconi

Over at The Volta: a graphic (no really!) review from J. Fossenbell of Joseph Mosconi’s Demon Miso/Fashion in Child (Make Now Books, 2014), the book-length poem that also serves as a “game of Mad Libs meets connotative bumper cars.” The review is more than mere playful; it also delves into a conversation Mosconi has had [...]

The Christian Publishing Market With Jeremy Bouma

I have a degree in Theology and my interest in religion is enmeshed in my fiction. I write books that can be described as religious thrillers, and yet I’m not a Christian, although I do describe myself as spiritual. In today’s show, I interview Jeremy Bouma about the complexities of the Christian publishing market, and […]

Lotteries, lightning strikes and twist endings

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John and Craig look at the nature of fluke hits, everything from #alexfromtarget to huge spec sales. Is luck just luck, or is it about how often you play the game? Where does talent fit in?

5 Reasons Why Love (of Writing, Reading, Words!) Is Meant to Be Shared

When I compiled the roundup of reader-submitted tips, stories and advice for our “Plan Your Own Write-a-Thon” feature in the November/December 2014 Writer’s Digest, one of my favorites was from a mother who was inspired to try NaNoWriMo because her daughter was doing it. Show More Summary

In praise of flat adverbs

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

It's not simply a matter of do-what-you-want. These words really are adverbs, they just look like their related adjective forms.

Development Emergencies

2 weeks agoArts / Writing : JohnAugust.com

Vineet Dewan, who was nice enough to co-star in the Kickstarter video for Writer Emergency Pack, decided to film his own version pitched at development executives.

2014 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 10

I don’t know why, but November always seems to move faster than every other month. Here we are on the 10th day of this challenge, and it feels like we just started. For today’s prompt, take the phrase “(blank) Trouble,” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and write the poem. Show More Summary

This Is Not a Book Review

Wild Grass on the Riverbank (Action Books, 2015) by Hiromi Ito is the newest book of translation by Jeffrey Angles, following his previous translation of Ito’s work, a collection of poems published in English with the title Killing Kanoko (Action Books, 2009). I’m not sure how many people in Poetry World know Jeffrey Angles, but [...]

Reinvention And Lessons From The Journey. Special Podcast Episode 200

It’s a big day! This is episode 200 of the podcast! The first show went out in March 2009, so this also marks over 4.5 years of podcasting every couple of weeks. That has to be a milestone worth celebrating! In the extended intro, I reflect on the last 100 episodes and how things have […]

Getting Plants to Write Poems

This will be my final post about the compromised body. It is becoming more prevalent for plants to make music. Here, the sound artist Mileese takes the electrical impulses (or “micro-voltages”) emitted by plants “through the virtue of their livingness” and converts them into binary code. In turn, the plants generate sound through the mediatory [...]

You’re Not Alone: NaNoWriMo Experts Share Their Stories & Experiences

We are only hours away from the month of November, which means many writers will be participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Whether you’re a veteran or a rookie at NaNoWriMo, tackling … Read more

Self-Publishing is Basically the YouTube of Literature

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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 […]

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