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Screenplay To Novel

August 30, 2012

Topsy-Turvey World Recently, I just finished writing my first screenplay. I wanted to create a novel  from the story, but putting together a screenplay meant possibly collecting more financial rewards from a lesser amount of work. On the up side after penning only about 22,000 words, I now have a marketable item, which can be […]

Book Publishers Didn’t Used To Be Like This

July 2, 2012

The Seventies The year was 1972 and the month was December. The whole nation watched while Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt spent about 75 hours on the Moon in the Taurus-Littrow valley. Their names and exploits are almost forgotten today, overshadowed by the first manned exploration of the moon that occurred several years […]

Pack Up Your Sorrows

June 15, 2012

“A crucial ingredient for the formation of a novelist – romantic humiliation and heartbreak. The unhappy childhood gives you the tool of observation. Unrequited crushes, romantic despair, a few memorable breakups, will give you something to write about,”    Jennifer Weiner,  author of  “Good In Bed” (2001), “In Her Shoes” (2002), “Little Earthquakes” (2004), and […]

Quotations From Chairman Ray

June 6, 2012

In Transition I just heard the news today. Ray Bradbury died last night, June 5, 2012. He had spent over 91 years on the planet and who knows where his soul will end up. Here is a hint that the science fiction writer might be making a long journey. Nonetheless, no matter what your belief […]

Books On Screenwriting

April 11, 2012

The Books Recently, I have taken advantage of some extra spare time and delved into several books on screenwriting. The titles involved include “Tales from the Script” edited by Peter Hanson and Paul Herman, “The Screenwriter’s Bible” by David Trotier and “The Whole Picture” by Richard Walter. Each book was fun to read in its […]

The Pancake Analogy

March 28, 2012

The Pancake Rule As Expressed by Joe Moore I just found this gem of an article by Joe Moore over at The Kill Zone Blog. In a nutshell, the rule as stated by the popular mystery writer says that novels are like pancakes in that you have to throw the first one out, so the […]

A Book On Travel Quotes

October 13, 2011

Armchair Travelers Not only is armchair traveling safer, but it is more economical as well. Still, voyagers to far off lands sometimes return to write about what they have learned and what philosophical truths they have learned along the way. Many writers ranging from Mark Twain to Jan Morris have left home, returned and successfully […]

So Many Self-published Authors

May 16, 2011

New Scenario I like self-publishing at Smashwords, but I wish I could roll back the clock to the days when it took less than an hour to get a new title up, instead of the current 48+ hours. What a difference six months makes! Nonetheless here we are smack dab in the middle of the […]

To Fib Or Not To Fib

May 15, 2011

“All warfare is based on deception” Sun Tzu The Art of War Not only is warfare based on deception, but so are a lot of other things including acting, advertising, the world’s oldest profession and writing fiction. Credit for the Tzu quote goes out to James Scott Bell, as he used the catchy phrase to […]

The Art of War For Writers

May 6, 2011

“He wins his battles by making no mistakes.” Sun Tzu A Hard to Define Genre I love to  read books about writing, especially when they are written by financially-successful practitioners of the craft. Some of my favorite authors in this unusual genre include Stephen King, Ray Bradbury and Natalie Goldberg. In fact, King’s book entitled […]

Before E-book Self-publishing Was Popular

April 7, 2011

  Giant Galaxy NGC 6872 Image Credit: Sydney Girls High School Astronomy Club, Travis Rector (Univ. Alaska), “I hadn’t known the club I was trying to get into held fast to the rule that self-published books were crap and any novelist who dared try to do it by herself would only get the back of […]

Book Deals

March 25, 2011

News about book deals are all over the internet today, especially a four-book offer St. Martin’s made to one of the ebook success stories, Amanda Hocking. Actually, the young lady from Minnesota made the post yesterday on her blog. It’s a very much needed in-depth discussion of why she chose to go with a mainstream […]

The Importance of Readers

March 7, 2011

So far my online literary world consists mostly of writers. The great emphasis here is about the how-to side of writing, but still it is important not to lose sight of the fact, that every writer needs readers. In fact, this is not a one-on-one relationship, for to survive a writer needs more than one […]

Early Days of E-publishing

February 7, 2011

  The first Kindle reading device appeared in 2007, ShakataGaNai from Wikipedia The Kindle has only been around for three and a half years, but e-publishing is much older than that.  Ten years ago e-publishing was quite different, but it still was possible to put out a good title and get results by working the […]

A World of Wonders

February 4, 2011

Yesterday a fascinating quote appeared at Buzz, Balls & Hype an interesting blog maintained by novelist MJ Rose. Here’s the quote; “Education is a great shield against experience. ….. It makes you wise in some ways, but it can make you a blindfolded fool in others.” –Robertson Davies, World of Wonders However, everyone should note […]

Oh Boy! Another Writing Contest

January 25, 2011

I love these agent sponsored writing contests that appear from time to time on agent blogging sites. I have never won anything, but the response time is minimal and since I have several manuscripts in various states of completion, it is never a big deal to get material together for a submission. The only drawback […]

Quick Writers

January 23, 2011

Recently, Michael Larsen ( of the Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency) wrote an interesting post, entitled “8 Reasons To Write Your Book Fast”.  One of the reasons includes the possibility that you may not be the only person with the idea or  there is also the economic reality that the sooner you finish the project, the sooner […]

Hooray For Ray

January 19, 2011

Ray Bradbury is a well-known for his full length literary works, such as “The Martian Chronicles”, “Fahrenheit 451”, “Dandelion Wine” and “Something Wicked Comes This Way”. However, there is another side of Ray Bradbury, that the general public may not so be aware of. And that is his ability to put together a good short […]

Orson Scott Card On Writing

January 7, 2011

I have a confession to make. I love to read books on writing, especially those penned by successful authors. Orson Scott Card, author of the award winning sci-fi tale, “Ender’s Game”, is one of my favorites. Recently, I just came across a copy of  “Characters & Viewpoints” in the local library and at present I […]