By Kurt Mullen In an hour I’d be standing before a group of strangers, in a back room at my local bookstore, introducing the author they’d come to see. My introduction – in effect, a very brief speech – took me all of four minutes to write. But for three hours after that I [...]
By Mark Fogarty Writing a screenplay has always been for the delusional. You are more likely to get struck by lightning than you are to sell a screenplay to Hollywood. The statistics are not good, and even those who are successful experience a weird sort of success. Here is a good description of a common [...]
The latest post in our ongoing series, Novel, Inc.: News from the Novel Incubator By Amber Elias When strangers ask me what my novel is about, I don’t hesitate. With no small thanks to the Novel Incubator, I can rattle off my pitch as easily as my phone number, each intonation carefully rehearsed to sound effortless. But [...]
I think of William Shakespeare as the Joss Whedon of the Elizabethan stage. In Shakespeare’s plays, he cussed and bantered, wrote of psychics and murder, made the queen of fairies fall for a man with an ass’s head. He gave a monster insight and gave honeymoons to teenagers. He wrote for the people, messed with [...]
Editor’s note: Rebecca’s blog post was written in honor of Dalloway Day. By Rebecca Kanner I come to writing with the romantic idea that we must tell our stories as truly as possible at whatever cost. Disapproval, criticism, and any sort of backlash are a small price to pay for the chance to share [...]
By Michelle Seaton “How’s the writing going?” It’s the question I hear whenever I venture to an event where I see other writers. I ask this question, too, at every reading, book launch, conference, and party where I run into a friend or former student I haven’t seen in a while. The response is almost [...]
After a year of meeting weekly with my intelligent, talented lab partners and teachers, I feel inspired to set myself up as a freelancer. I’ll write feature stories! Pitch paying markets! Write essays! Submit to literary magazines I’d only dreamed about! But where to start?
One of the great pleasures of teaching at Grub has been helping to develop and run the Launch Lab (subtitled, Introducing Your Book/ Directing Your Career, which nicely describes its purpose). The experience is invigorating: what’s better than convening with a group of dedicated writers, focused on spreading the word about their books in an [...]
By Jean Fain Like dealing with grief, blogging for the Huffington Post happens in stages. Not to say that every blogger who joins Arianna’s blog empire goes through each and every stage in a linear fashion. But most go through a predictable process. Take it from someone who’s been blogging for the Huffington Post and [...]
Here are just 10 of the many techniques and tactics I’ve learned when promoting my own book, Fantasy Freaks and Gaming Geeks, and sage advice from other authors,
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