Brandon Marlon


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:

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Hollywood Screenplay Competitions

Posted on August 9, 2010 at 1:20 PM
In the last decade screenplay contests became ubiquitous, and with a glut of competitions in Hollywood and elsewhere saturating the marketplace already some prominent initiatives have become defunct (Chesterfield, Hollywood Gateway, American Accolades, etc.) The best of the surviving ones, along with their annual deadlines, are:


  • Nicho...
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Top Tomes on Creative Writing

Posted on August 9, 2010 at 1:17 PM


Poetics, Aristotle

Story, Robert McKee

The Anatomy of Story, John Truby

The Way of Story, Catherine Ann Jones

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The Best of Canadian Small Literary Presses (SLPs)

Posted on August 9, 2010 at 1:15 PM
The decade 1965-1975 saw the abundant establishment of literary publishers in Canada. There are now a total of over 800 English and French book publishers of varying sizes all across the nation, and some of the best remain smaller houses – releasing 25 or fewer individual titles per year – including:

  1. AB Collector Publishing (Halifax, NS); est.
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Early 21st Century Masters of Historical Fiction

Posted on August 9, 2010 at 1:09 PM
Prompted in large part by the success of Anita Diamant’s The Red Tent (1997), a fresh phase in the cycle of historical fiction took hold, such that the first decade of the new century has already seen the advent of many notable authors making an indelible mark on the increasingly popular category:


    • Eva Etzioni-Halevy (1934-)
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20th Century Masters of Historical Fiction

Posted on August 9, 2010 at 1:00 PM
Over the course of the last century a number of exceptional novelists emerged who distinguished themselves in the genre of historical fiction, including:


    • Lion Feuchtwanger (1884-1958)
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Comprehending Conglomerates

Posted on August 9, 2010 at 12:59 PM
Currently about 8 corporate conglomerates control the majority of the commercial publishing market in North America, namely: 
  • Random House
  • Penguin Group
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