Category: Success Stories

Miscellaneous Questions: How did you become a screenplay writer?

I took a single screenwriting class. It was relatively easy – if you watch movies and understand that every story is the Monomyth. It’s all about structure, showing not telling, and fitting your story into 90-120 pages. Screenwriting was exactly what I expected it would be. It wasn’t difficult, and – within three months of …

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Question: Why doesn’t self-publishing work?

Answer: Well, your question starts off with an incorrect assumption. Self publishing does work.  It’s worked for hundreds and hundreds of years.  Poor Richard’s Almanack was certainly a success – it was printed starting in 1732.  William Blake was very successful self-publishing his work starting in 1783.  Jane Austen was pretty successful – although, to be …

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Burying the Hachette

Keith Cronin posted a great article about the ongoing Amazon/Hachette nonsense over at Writer Unboxed.  Personally, I firmly feel that Hachette is doing all of their authors a HUGE disservice by continuing this idiotic business war, and I feel that it’s making them look bad.  My favorite observation from this article: “This is something that …

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Inspiration from Tom Clancy

Thomas Leo “Tom” Clancy, Jr. (April 12, 1947 – October 1, 2013) was an American novelist and historian best known for his technically detailed espionage and military science storylines set during and in the aftermath of the Cold War, and for video games that bear his name for licensing and promotional purposes. Seventeen of his …

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Fourth and final Sherlock Holmes book published on this day in 1915

On this day in 1915, the fourth (and final) Sherlock Holmes book The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle was first published as a novel.  The story was first published as a serial in the Strand Magazine between September 1914 and May 1915.  Legend has it that the story is based on the “real-life exploits …

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