Authoring & Playwriting

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

J W Nelson
Poetry at Christmas

Hi - all I'm an aspiring writer/author/poet and have an E-book on Amazon. (Poems for the Festive Season) - and I just wanted to find the best way to drive traffic or promote my work on that platform - plus any tips on finding a Literary agent? I have 4 books (all finished) 3 part of a trilogy - and...

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Daisy White

Ps. Good luck with the agents too!

Joleene Moody

It's constant marketing. I have two ebooks that still sell today, thanks to regular posting on social media, maintaining my own blog, and guest blogging.

I even had my books available in my email sign...

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J W Nelson

thanks all for the tips! its finding the time to keep on top of things as you say - the promotional side needs constant attention...

Jorge J Prieto

Thanks as always Joleene, you are one of the most generous creative artist I've known here.Keep shining, always friend ((

David E. Gates

Don't forget to create an Author Page on Amazon... you can then give people one link to direct them to all your books, because Amazon's search is absolutely DREADFUL. (seriously, look for me (David E. Gates) and you'll see other "David's" way before any of my books are listed).

Daisy White
Submitting to Agents & Publishers

I’ve seen a couple of comments on this so I thought I’d share what works for me (this is for fiction);

See the submission package as a business proposition.

Cover letter needs to inc your hook/elevator pitch, word count, genre & a paragraph about you.

Follow the submission instructions - different for...

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A. S. Templeton

Have any thoughts on the value (to an agent or editor) of a book's synopsis as part of a query package? Some agents expect a synopsis, for others it is optional. One actually stated that synopses are...

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Daisy White

One of my current publishers told me she skims the synopsis but the most important things are the cover letter/query letter & the actual writing. I really struggle with synopsis but I’m like you & enjoy a challenge!

Adapting from novels - Question

Hi, everyone. I'm new here. It's pretty exciting!

Tell me something. Is it common for authors to hire screenwriters to adapt their books to feature film scripts? If so, what is the normal fee arrangement?

Jeff E. Gregory

Chris H Stevenson, please contact me. I'm am far ahead of where you are now.

Donnalyn Vojta

Jeff, disregard my private message. Sorry.

Daisy White

What happens if your publisher owns all the rights? I guess they would do the deals for you?

Donnalyn Vojta

Daisy, I believe that’s how it would have to work. Luckily, I own my film rights despite having a book publisher. Phew!!

Chris H Stevenson

If you have an agent, he/she will do everything possible to retain most of ;your rights. Especially film rights. Without an agent, you must be very studious when examining a publisher's contract--it w...

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% to film agents?

What is the appropriate % a film agent gets from selling a writer’s screenplay for film or tv adaptation?? I’ve heard 10% is max and anything higher is a scam. Guidance, anyone??

Jeff E. Gregory

15% is the norm.

Jeff E. Gregory

Refer to my blog here: Seeking an Agent.

Donnalyn Vojta

Gustavo, thank you for the article link!

James Drago

10% no higher.

Agent vs. Manager

What is the difference between an agent and a manager?

Gary Smiley

Hi Donnalyn, An agent is just a one-off type, I guess, just to sell your screenplay. After that's sold, then the managers will find you. It has to be worth it and a track record is the only way...

Chad Descoteaux
Focus on marketing

So, I've been self-publishing science fiction novels for a few years now and considering the small amount of social media promotion I've actually done, my sales are decent, as are my few Amazon and Goodreads reviews.  I am about to release my 10th book when my cover artist finishes his thing and I w...

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Julie Kenner

If you don't already have a newsletter, start one. Ditto a website and a Facebook page. Join Facebook groups for other writers in your genre. Ryan Zee does newsletter promotions that help you gain fol...

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Chris H Stevenson

I definitely think we published authors can help each other bond with the screenwriters, directors and producers.

Phil Clarke

Always happy to bond with any kind of writer. Feel free to message me or contact me on Twitter, Instagram (@philmscribe) or Facebook.

Daisy White

Looks great good luck! I have a new book out in Feb so super interested in marketing tips. So far spend on Facebook & Twitter has worked well plus it is out on NetGalley this week

Chad Descoteaux

THE INTER-TERRESTRIAL

Claim your FREE Kindle copy by writing "ME!" or the tag of someone who might be interested in the comments section and I will DM a link. (Due to STUPID regional restrictions on A...

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J W Nelson
Poetry for Christmas

Just wanted her any views on attracting readers of Christmas based poetry? Thanks

Oscar Williams
Rules for Titles with sequels?

Does anyone have rules for choosing a movie title, particularly when sequels are planned? I mean, not everything can be as simple as Rocky I, II, III, IV, etc. My main character is diabolical and real and I can see writing more than one script about this character. Titles such as ICONIC, or INFAMOUS...

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Pamela Bolinder

Oscar, A writer can easily identify their story. You have to get your story out there. "The Revenant" floated around Hollywood for a good while. You can't get an agent until you have a buyer for your story, or so I was told.

Dan MaxXx

The Revenant screenplay was an assignment gig.

Pamela Bolinder

"Since that original spec script, The Revenant went through a series of director and star attachments." https://nofilmschool.com/2017/06/the-revenant-screenwriter-mark-l-smith...

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Dan MaxXx

original spec adapted from a famous novel, hired by a prod co? okay.

Oscar Williams

Movie titles should convey something, be it inner-working such as The Shining, or character such as Sicario, or relationships such as Friends With Benefits, or event such as Groundhog Day. But then yo...

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Play writing and screenwriting

Any one else on here also write stage plays? I just write my first. Really loved the challenge

Jane Timberlake

I wrote a play. Everyone told me I'd written a film, so drowned was I in scriptwriting technique. I still long to write an actual play ...

Jen Bieser

I am currently tackling the challenge. I've written three screenplays and have an idea for a stage play but have NO IDEA as to where to start or how to begin? Any tips? I bought a book and read it at night hoping it will offer up some guidelines to format and the rules of theatre etc.

Ted Westby

Amanda, I've penned two plays over the past two years. Never saw that coming but what it has done has reinvigorated my love of writing. Don't know what it is about the stage but I've never had as much fun putting words and characters on the page.

Write on!

Desiree Argentina

I wrote 2 plays that I entered into contests but both were rejected so I turned them into short films.

Ted Westby

Desiree Argentina Keep sending them out even though you adapted them. I've got one play that started as a film script, is now a play, and I think I'll adapt it fully into a movie again. Write on!...

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Chris H Stevenson
Novelists/Writers Unite

I'm back after a debilitating illness that nearly killed me. I might not be remembered. However, I'm in search of bonding with other novelists here in an attempt to find out where and how to team up with an interested screenwriter, producer, director to collaborate on unique and thrilling stories, j...

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Chris H Stevenson

Thank you, Ann, I'll head on over there and check you out.

Michael Cantrell

Chris H Stevenson What exactly do you mean by strong visuals? Oh, I'm working on my first novel right now. I enjoy it, though screenwriting comes more naturally to me. I wish there was a format that b...

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David E. Gates

I write in a very visual sense. People have often commented on how my descriptions make them "feel" as if they are "there".

Chris H Stevenson

Michael, thanks for your question. In narrative, and in many cases dialogue, I try to use the five senses when communicating a scene--sight, hearing, touch, see, smell, to give more than a two-dimensi...

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A. S. Templeton

I co-write novels & screenplays, so the lines are blurred. Are my screenplays movie adaptations, or are my novels novelizations of the movie? Neither, IMO.

Ihekuna Chimezie Benedict
Children's playscripts

Who is seeking a short children play script?

Roll Call: Who here is working on either their first novel or a new project? Looking to connect.

Hey y'all. I"m currently working on my debut novel (i'll be self-publishing) and was wondering who else here is writing either a debut novel or just a new project in general. I'd love to connect. This journey seems a bit lonely at times and has a unique set of challenges (like self-doubt) that come...

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David P Perlmutter

Another interview about writing books! “I Believe That Everyone Has A Book In Them.” With Author David P Perlmutter https://medium.com/authority-magazine/i-believe-that-everyone-has-a-book......

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Jeff E. Gregory

I can give you a lot of advice. You can email me at gregorj33 at icloud dot com.

Daisy White

I’m working on a new novel & would love to connect!

Phil Clarke

I am sure the good folks on here will help combat that lonely feeling. Come have a chat with me anytime, Michael.

Allie Love Vance

Wishing you much luck on your writing project. I am working on a 4 part book series right now, trying to stay focused.

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