Authoring & Playwriting

For all the authors and playwrights in our community, a place to discuss, share content and post tips and advice.

Mad hatter writers

Are there any novel writers in this group who would love to connect with other novel writers? Reason I ask is because I am not trying to sell anything or find funding - I am simply looking for a group of writers to talk about the art of writing a novel. Not a pitch group, not funding ideas, but pure...

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D K Mamula

Hi TJ... would love to get aquainted with other writers and just chat about the process in general.

Arial Burnz

Ditto, TJ! I'm a self-published author, ex-editor and ex-cover designer. I've been a published author since 1991 - started out publishing children's articles, women's magazine articles and short stori...

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John Jamison

Hi TJ, if you are still looking for writers to join the group...I'm interested. I've published several books of short stories in the past, and have just published my first novel. I would love to join in the conversation.
Thanks,
John

Patricia M Bates

Hi TJ, I'm a mutli-published author, editor, author's mentor, and publisher. I'd love to talk shop.

Daisy White

Hi TJ, nice to meet you, and I'd love to join the group! ;-)

Legal Question

I am about to work with an illustrator for one of my books I have written but I'm wondering if it is appropriate to ask her to sign an agreement so that my work is protected? That's not to say I don't trust her, I do, but I want to make sure I do this the right way, are there any resources out there or templates for agreements?
Thanks....

Robert Franklin

Lots of knowledgable people here to help you.

Hayley Kelley

Great advice everyone, and whilst unexpected, once an 'agreement' came up in conversation, the illustrator's interest has 'dwindled'... bout say's it all right there!!!

Patricia M Bates

Protect yourself and her, have a written agreement in place. Speaking from experience, if you don't have a detailed agreement in place, you're opening the door to a lot of unnecessary stress and headache later if things go sideways.

Nikki Ackerman

Explain that it's to protect both of you. If they aren't interested in protecting their work and your work, find a new partner.

Daisy White

Society of Authors have legal templates and are normally v helpful.

Script or Novel .... Or Both?

Hi Guys! Has anyone considered a novel before doing a script, or vice versa? Thx!

Jeff E. Gregory

Heaven, I'd be interested in helping you write your book.

Jeff Lyons

Book -- Jeff (the other Jeff) is right. See my post here on S32 on writing your script as a novel (Top 6 Hurdles Turning Your Script into a Book). It's hard, but worth it. Everyone wants IP behind a script, even new IP.

Patricia M Bates

Book first. I wrote and got the books published before I began the process of adapting them. The stories, the characters, the locations were all live and vivid in my minds eye, which helped me when it...

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Nikki Ackerman

Do both. As soon as you finish the book, do the screenplay. That way, no one can muck it up. I have 2 shorts that I made into a one-hour TV pilot.

Daisy White

Do both! I'm in awe of anyone writing screenplays ;-)

Short Stories to Novellas

I'm wondering what do you think about having a short story start a series and it would be considered book one then it leads into novellas as the remaining books for the series?

Jeff E. Gregory

I think it could work if done properly.

Patricia M Bates

It'll depend upon the length of the short story. If its something really short you probably would want to offer it only as a sampler and attach it to the first novella. Its a good idea when you're doi...

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Nikki Ackerman

I actually published two short stories in paperback and Kindle formats just to have some writing credit when I apply for writing jobs. I discovered when I applied for freelance work through a RPG comp...

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David E. Gates

I published several short stories, one of which links into the sequel to my first horror novel. I believe they can generate interest in other works, especially if you offer them for free via Smashword...

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Daisy White

Agreed - it can be a great way to generate interest, and maybe you could then offer the short story as a freebie when you release the first novella?

Dantes y Eliades

I wrote a play/filmscript while I was working on my PhD in Cuba. It is a four act play about Cuba & Haiti during the American occupation of 1915. I dealt with issues of religion, oppression, vodu, racism in the play etc... I would like to pitch it to someone as a theatrical play or a film. I am look...

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Should School Theatre Programs get a free pass?

Today, I read a blog post in which the author argues that production rights for plays and musicals should be licensed for free to schools that otherwise can't afford to pay. This author, whom I respect greatly, correctly points out the value that arts education represents for schools, and makes the i...

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David E. Gates

Too many people want something for nothing these days. A friend of mine wrote two plays, Titanic - The Musical and Wacky Soap, and allows schools to have them at a discounted rate. I think you're doin...

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Care to share your INKSHARES experience? Opinions?

Has anyone used inkshares.com to publish (or attempt to publish) their novel? I created an account today because I was intrigued but I'd like to hear from people who have actually used the site. Did you end up reaching your funding goal? How did it all go? Were there any bumps in the road you weren't expecting?

David E. Gates

I took a look at this... you basically have to be sure of getting more than 250 pre-orders before they'll consider taking your book to publication. I didn't like the way they talked about "our books"...

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Jeff E. Gregory

Hmmm...if anyone is charging your for any part of the publishing process, say no, in my humble opinion. Both smashwords and Kindle Direct Publishing are free. You can do a lot your self with Photoshop...

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Patricia M Bates

Honestly, I would avoid using them. If you want to use a service to get you into the best market possible try utilizing a reputable editor, cover artist (both can be found for reasonable rates and agr...

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Unpaid screenplay

Hello everyone. Very new to screenwriting but I've done a lot of stage plays. My question relates to an original screenplay I wrote and which actually got made, albeit in a mangled form. It was so low-budget the producers decided not to pay me for the script and used what would have been my fee to f...

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John Mangan

Tennyson Stead I agree with you. I'll be talking to a lawyer in the new year and I'll report back

Robert Franklin

Call lawyer!

Liliana Angeleri

Pagano tutti, elettricisti e altri professionisti, gli sceneggiatori stanno a guardare, ma senza sceneggiature non si fa nulla! Dovevi ritirare la tua opera, prima si paga o niente! Devono pagare, vai dall'avvocato e chiedi i danni.

David E. Gates

Here in the UK, if you wrote the words you own the copyright unless you've specifically signed an agreement that relinquishes that copyright to them. Did they credit you on the film for the script the...

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John Mangan

Hello David. No, I never relinquished the copyright. The film was 95% my script as written but it's never made enough money to pay me anything as the result was a bit of a mess. I will talk to a solic...

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Advice to help us grow!
9 Playwrights Share Their Advice for Aspiring Writers " Playscripts Blog
9 Playwrights Share Their Advice for Aspiring Writers " Playscripts Blog
Over the years, we've had the chance to speak with numerous playwrights about their craft. One question we love to ask writers is what their advice would be for writers starting out-what wisdom they m…
Treatments

I'm looking for a script treatment to emulate for a story I'm writing. Anyone have a script treatment that I can read? looking for something cops and robbers, FBI, mafia, and cat-and-mouse.

Jeff E. Gregory

I have a treatment available for Templar Odyssey.

Oscar Williams

I'd love to see it. Can you message it to me?

Jeff E. Gregory

Sure. I have sent a connection request. Once we're connected, I can message.

Mark Holme

This is Cameron's treatment for Terminator. Not the genre you're after but a first rate example of concise, impactful, language. I Googled the title and 'treatment .pdf' and it popped up. maybe you ca...

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Robert Franklin

Hope all goes well with your projects!

Audible says I wrote these books! But I didn’t!!

From my blog... Amazon/Audible's diabolical search algorithm screws up again!
https://davidegates.com/2017/06/26/audible-says-i-wrote-these-books-but-i-didnt/

Audible says I wrote these books! But I didn't!!
Audible says I wrote these books! But I didn't!!
You may recall that, back in May, I wrote about Amazon's god-awful search engine issues which would not reveal any of my books despite putting "David E. Gates" in full in their search windows. Now, it…
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