Welcome to Writer’s Walk, a new web log about the worlds of writing, editing and publishing. Periodic postings will be uploaded in the hope that the concise content therein will prove beneficial to readers writing primarily for the North American marketplace. To view the blog in its original form with images, please visit: http://brandonmarlon.wordpress.com/
|Posted on August 9, 2010 at 1:20 PM|
Some of the better non-Hollywood competitions include:
Most competitions have staggered deadlines (early, regular, late, final) with costs rising the later the submission. More and more are converting to e-submissions only, often using the popular Withoutabox system. Certain contests are becoming irregular due to budget constraints or other considerations, including Writers On The Storm and Monterey Screenplay Competition.
|Posted on August 9, 2010 at 1:17 PM|
Story, Robert McKee
The Anatomy of Story, John Truby
The Way of Story, Catherine Ann Jones
The Writer’s Journey, Christopher Vogler
Stealing Fire from the Gods, James Bonnet
Myth & the Movies, Stuart Voytilla
The Art of Dramatic Writing, Lajos Egri
Writing Dialogue for Scripts, Rib Davis
Screenplay, Syd Field
The Screenwriter’s Workbook, Syd Field
Essentials of Screenwriting, Richard Walter
Lew Hunter’s Screenwriting 434, Lew Hunter
Making a Good Script Great, Linda Seger
Making a Good Writer Great, Linda Seger
Advanced Screenwriting, Linda Seger
Creating Unforgettable Characters, Linda Seger
How to Write A Selling Screenplay, Christopher Keane
Writing Screenplays That Sell, Michael Hauge
Save the Cat, Blake Snyder
The Screenwriter’s Bible, David Trottier
Adventures in the Screen Trade, William Goldman
Which Lie Did I Tell?, William Goldman
20 Master Plots, Ronald Tobias
45 Master Characters, Victoria Schmidt
Aspects of the Novel, E. M. Forster
Writing the Breakout Novel, Donald Maass
The Fire in Fiction, Donald Maass
Hooked, Les Edgerton
Aristotle wrote of drama (theatre, specifically) as there was no such thing as a novel (or film, obviously) in his ancient world. His story principles are therefore most applicable to that writing genre, and have been staunchly refuted for the fiction category (by E.M. Forster, among others). Of note is the fact that certain sections of the work do not survive antiquity, but these missing parts do not detract from the overall tenor of his argument.
The classic works are more scholarly and erudite, products of their era such as the oeuvres of Egri and Forster. In terms of the modern books, a wide range of perspectives are offered from working screenwriters like Goldman and Snyder, to university professors like Hunter and Walter, to literary agents like Maass.
|Posted on August 9, 2010 at 1:15 PM|
Small literary presses are usually the natural home for poetry and literary fiction, writing genres for discerning, intellectual, well-educated readers. Oftentimes well-known writers such as Jane Urquhart, Michael Ondaatje, and George Bowering have had early work or ‘secondary’ works of poetry or short fiction published by the established SLPs, and may even remain on their boards. Some SLPs such as NeWest Publishers see themselves as regional publishing concerns with a provincial mandate, and others like Manor House reserve themselves exclusively for works of strong Canadian content.
|Posted on August 9, 2010 at 1:09 PM|
Surviving the Holocaust as a child, Etzioni-Halevy went on to become an academic in political sociology and published over a dozen books in this field before turning to fiction. A devout Mormon, Card was an established, multiple award-winning science fiction and fantasy author who branched out into historical fiction only with the turn of the century. In addition to her prolific fiction, Gregory is an historian and runs a charity building wells in Gambia. With ample resources at her disposal as a research librarian and with a successful novelist sister to assist her, Edghill finally ventured into the fray for herself. Hailing from Chicago, Kohn started out as a proofreader and copyeditor in nonfiction before launching her own writing career. A staunch feminist, Anton was a chemist whose devotion to research spawned her novel writing about the famed medieval scholar’s educated progeny. Smith is a Christian author who promotes the works of other Christian novelists, and teaches piano on the side. Originally trained in ballet, Lee went on to become a runner-up in a beauty pageant and a model before attempting the world of writing. A world traveler and archaeology buff, Moran is among the youngest successful authors in any genre. The sparkling Ginger Garrett and well-traveled T. L. Higley are committed to bringing the past to life through a Christian perspective; the former also writes nonfiction about beauty secrets and the latter specializes in novels about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Sherry Jones is a longtime journalist whose fiction has proven provocative for highlighting controversial subject matter. Kamran Pasha is a Pakistani-American with film and television credits and journalism experience on Wall Street, whose books' topics follow well-tread paths through a Moslem perspective. Tessa Afshar is an Persian convert to Christianity. A Catholic-turned-Baptist, Gramckow's primordial-era novels have been translated into Thai and Dutch, and later in life she discovered Jewish roots on her great-grandfather's side.
|Posted on August 9, 2010 at 1:00 PM|
Feuchtwanger was a trailblazing publisher and journalist, and later collaborated with a young Bertolt Brecht. Opatoshu descended from a Polish Hassidic family, studied in Russia and France, then eventually moved to New York where he wrote numerous short stories in Yiddish which were later translated into English and Hebrew. A doctor and professor emeritus in pharmacology and therapeutics at Stanford School of Medicine, Kolb was also a respected collector of books, paintings, engravings, etchings and fine objects of art. Steinberg was a rabbi who studied at a Conservative seminary, considered himself a Reconstructionist, but headed a Reform congregation. A renaissance man, Gann led a fascinating life as a war aviator, commercial airline pilot and prolific novelist, and the epic television production Masada was based on his The Antagonists.
A resident of Wales and France, the productive O’Brian is best known for his expansive 21-volume series of British naval novels set in the Napoleonic era. A former Communist, the remarkable Fast wrote scores of novels as well as an insightful history of the Jews, and his Spartacus spawned the famous Kirk Douglas epic film (his Maccabees novel My Glorious Brothers has long been in development with Icon Productions). Shamir was a kibbutznik poet, playwright and novelist who became literature editor at the Maariv newspaper and later a member of the Knesset parliament. Born in Buffalo, Zeldis served in the 1956 Sinai Campaign and later moved to Israel where he and his wife teach at Tel Aviv University. Halter is a renowned intellectual French writer who is often politically active. Daughter of a diplomat, George moved internationally from a young age and went on to study ecology, eventually becoming a science writer before shifting to historical matter. Diamant is an award-winning, widely-published journalist who ventured into fiction late in her writing career, yet spurred a renewal of the historical fiction genre by the turn of the century.
|Posted on August 9, 2010 at 12:59 PM|
Together these entities represent the source of the majority of books published in hardcover, trade paperback and mass market paperback formats in the US and Canada, and they also have additional interests internationally. Some are owned by even larger companies like Germany’s Bertelsmann (Random House) or Holtzenbrinck (Macmillan). Ownership changes regularly as mergers occur, acquisitions are made, divisions are established and imprints founded. Suffice it to say that an author aspiring to receive the greatest advances, royalties, marketing and distribution of their book needs to find a home for their tome amid these major players.
Harlequin is Canada’s conglomerate, specializing in mass market paperback romance and women’s fiction.