Authoring & Playwriting

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

Promoting books - is Facebook targeted advertising worthwhile?

I was watching a documentary a few days ago that explored the amount of data Facebook has on people and how effective it is at using that data to target individuals and thus advertise more directly to them, based on those individual "likes" and experiences.

From what I researched on the internet, wh...

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Jeff Lyons

Any of the social media platfoms are worthwhile to do ads on... but they have to be paid ads but here is the kicker: you HAVE TO know how to use their ad manager backend software. This is something al...

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C Harris Lynn

My blogs have decent reach. I'll post a 50-100 word with one link for $5.00. Just PM me. If it's related to fantasy, SF, comics, et.al., I can be of pretty good service. The other blogs get far less t...

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David E. Gates

Thanks for the comments guys. C Harris Lynn, my books are not SF/F so your outlet wouldn't be targeting the right audience. Plus, with no mention of specific numbers ("decent reach" is very subjective...

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C Harris Lynn

Yeah, that's why I don't charge much. lol It's good for coverage - just getting the word out - but it isn't effective insofar as sales. I have several other blogs focused on different topics, but the...

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C Harris Lynn

Ha! Someone must be following this conversation, as I just saw this and thought I'd share with you (although Wired is not very trustworthy): https://www.wired.com/2017/05/facebook-claims-better-way-pr...

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I Don't Drink Decaf.

Hi all. My first time on these pages so bear with me if I screw up. I began writing e-books four years ago and have recently attempted to turn the above into a stage-play. 'Decaf' is a story of 3 friends, all ladies who went through school together etc and are now 30ish. Two are fed up with husbands...

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Sitcom Writing

Hello writers,
I have a concept for a sitcom type show (Think 30 Rock in terms of look and feel). I am looking for writers who know how to flush out characters and storylines.I am looking forward to teaming up with interested parties.

Help with dialogue

Looking for opinions, I have done some screenplays and enjoy it. But right now I feel like doing a novel that I could self publish. The novel would give me more immediate gratification than doing screenplays and paying for contests. However, I am terrified and terrible and proper grammar when writin...

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Andrew Gruffudd

When I wrote my book, I wrote it, read it back and edited what I had written that didn't sound right. Also, if you wanted to have it read back to you, make a PDF and activate the "read out loud" funct...

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Doug Nelson

Dialog is not proper grammar (period).

D K Mamula

I write dialogue by writing the way I speak. Remember, you have to think of your characters as real people who are talking to each other, not just as words on a page. I also try to envision the charac...

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Arial Burnz

Sounds like to me, Matthew, you're asking primarily about the prose around the speech, right? The dialogue tags and action. As a script writer, I would assume you have raw dialogue (what the character...

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Arial Burnz

DOH! I just realized you posted this two months ago! How about an update????

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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Jeff E. Gregory

Count me in.

Ivana Tucak

Hi, I'm Ivana and I also write novels. I have one published and one still unpublished (historical, espionage) and working on the outline for the third one. For this third, I'll try different approach....

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Kevin Doy Burton

Writing is a good way for me to use my imagination. I'm a science fiction /horror writer.I like to play the theme song from the movie ( The X Files ) in the background. I've written seventeen books. S...

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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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Writing for Muscal Theater

I have an original novel that I self-published in 2015 and I was thinking of writing a script for a stage musical based on the same story. Problem is, I've never written a theater script before so I'm not real sure what the guidelines are, i.e. formatting, stage directions, etc., and I haven't been...

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John German

Dear D K Mamula: Research, research, research. If you search online you will find various avenues of places that will help you out with what you are looking for, which will include already finished sta ...

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James Drago

There are many, many volumes of plays that have been printed. The easiest way to learn is to read and study.

D K Mamula

Thanks for the links, John, I will definitely check them out. :) I am a lyricist and have a collaborator in England who has written songs for musicals, so I'm okay with the songs, dialogue, etc. I'm l...

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BIOGRAPHICAL EPIC..An Inheritance From Yorkshire

It's taken over 20 years since I requested the Author to write out his lifes' story..A Biographical Epic. I had to decide (which was very difficult) how to bring these stories to life. Finally, a decision was made..No one could play 'Yorky' The Author would read the stories on video..a chapter at a...

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Invited into MITF in NYC

My play BASEMENT was invited to participate in The Midtown International Theatre Festival in NYC this summer! I am very excited, however they are expecting a produced piece. Better get to work!!!

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

@Robert Rosenbaum- Great news sent you a DM.

C Harris Lynn

Congrats!

Today's quote: "We don't need books to make films. It's the last thing we want - it turns cinema into the bastard art of illustration." — Peter Greenaway

Do you agree? Personally, I don't. I actually think that most of the really great movies have come from books, even though they don't always remain faithful to the book. Movies are not simply illustrations of the books, they are the visual version of it. Books will always have more depth and back st...

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James David Sullivan

@Mike - Do you think it would be possible to "bravely go where no one has gone before" and make a movie that does show the internal and the external?

Eric Raphael Harman

Peter Greenway is a MORON to say that. We all know it.

Gary Tucker

Yeah, I feel where he is coming from, but as a content creator and someone whose tried to write full length stuff before, I feel as long as I give credit where credit is due ( if the script is a scree...

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Olaojoyegbe Bolarinwa

Michelle, you are very right. Books give more details than written scripts. Please, add me to your network.

David E. Gates

Books are essentially stories. Screenplays are stories in a different form. Movies are the telling of stories. Why would someone suggest that which Mr. Greenaway does? There have been many books that...

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Talk about the Odd Couple...

Never saw this coming. Bill Clinton teams with James Patterson. Thoughts? http://bit.ly/2qKamcM

Are You Willing to Really Do the Work to Be an Authorprenure?

One of the best case studies on self-publishing book launches I've seen in a long time. Realistic, grounded, and shows real numbers for time and costs. This is in alignment with what I hear from many successful indie authors. Are there exceptions... always. But this is a very real-world study. I thi...

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A. S. Templeton

Interesting but I'm not sure how relevant it is to fiction writing.

Jeff Lyons

Completely relevant... the basic strategy, not the particular numbers/costs. Fiction writers have to do the same basic steps, especially building internal and external teams to do the heavy lifting wh...

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A. S. Templeton

For those of us with no interest in (further) DIY publishing, the breaking-in process seems to differ markedly between fiction vs. nonfiction segments. The article deals at length with that nonfiction ...

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Writing

Currently doing some writing on my past...something colorful , humor, family, hiccup and maybe a little inspiration..and some that make your scratch your head...