Authoring & Playwriting

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Advice on Publishing/Agents for Non-Fiction writer

Hi everyone! My father has written an amazing book. It is Non-Fiction and a great story that takes us back to the 50's and 60's in NYC. If anyone has any info that could help me move on with this book I have in my hands I would greatly appreciate it.

Darlene

Jeff E. Gregory

Read my blog. Hyperlink is in my profile: Seeking an Agent

Philip Sedgwick

Darlene, are you asking about publishing the book, or converting the book into a screenplay?

Good Story Resources

Hi everyone. I'm still a novel & short-story writer at this point, and always looking for good resources to craft meaningful stories. I stumbled across one today I wanted to share. I am working on my second novel in a series...a suspense/thriller...and my goal is to be as authentic as possible to avo ...

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Vitaly Kozlov

CIA library is a good source. Don't mess up too much with a KGB library, though. Don't get too deep. We still want to see you smiling face and read your stories. Happy New Year! Good job.

Leah Surette

I have been trying to find some resources myself for a upcoming story. I am currently writing a novelette on the witch trials in Scotland. However I haven't been able to find much to go on so far. Maybe I am just looking in the wrong places.

Kaye Bewley

David Trottier's 'The Screenwriter's Bible' - on this site, attend as many workshops as you can and view the videos on folks profile pages. They help you learn and grow.

Workshops?

Hello and Happy New Year! I'm looking for a group that workshops play scripts in the L.A. area. Any suggestions?

Favourite Author Just joined Stage32

Hi, I'm excited that a favourite author of mine - John Hindmarsh - has just joined Stage32. It would be lovely if you could welcome him... Thanks ever so. Kaye

Novels and Plays.

How many novels or plays are adapted into screenplays in a given year, please? Thx!

Jeff E. Gregory

Many are option, few go through the full adaptation process. Perhaps 1.

Jeff E. Gregory

Message me, and I can offer free advice on what steps to take.

Write a Synopsis, or Outline first before writing your book

Many new writers wonder where to begin with writing their book. I wrote my first two novels, Love Don't Live Here, and No Love Lost before attending Gothams Writers Workshop in NYC for screenplaywriting. It was in this class where I learned, writing a synopsis provides a writer with a guideline as t...

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David E. Gates

It's called structured writing. I write that way too. You describe, initially, each chapter with a single line, then after you've got that done, you can move the lines about more easily than whole cha...

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A. S. Templeton

I use the String-of-Pearls, dual-market technique: visualize then write down gist of the of key/pivotal scenes including climax that push main character(s) through one-way (transformative) doors. Fles...

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Pitching to a Dragon's Den group of Publishers.

I'm about to pitch one of my books to a Dragon's Den-style group of Publishers. I have it down pat what I want to say, in respect of describing the story and giving my "elevator" speech. I was wondering if anyone's been through this kind of thing before and, if so, what kind of questions I can expec...

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Kaye Bewley

All I can recommend is watching the backlog of programmes and get so versed in the questions they may ask that you're prepared for anything. Good luck. kx

David E. Gates

Alas, there isn't time - plus, it's actually a ghastly programme that I'd do all I could to avoid. :-)

Jeff E. Gregory

you should have an agent representing you and know absolutely that you own the rights to your book (the ISBN must be registered in your name). That's just a start before you pitch.

David E. Gates

The ISBN is registered in my name Jeff, and I didn't need an agent there - it wasn't actually publishers that were there, more like agents for publishers. However, it was good and the feedback I got w...

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Jeff E. Gregory

I use a treatment to market my book. I have a 1/2 page, 2-page and 8-page version.

New Project!

I am going to start writing a play based off of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace and can't wait to get started! It's such a amazing novel! I do know that a musical was made based off of part 5, but I plan on writing a musical, too, but spans over the whole novel. I just have one question! Does anyone kno...

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Getting off the ground

I'm still pretty new to writing. I've never published anything other than a few papers for school. What's the best way to get noticed as an author?

Jeff E. Gregory

Depends on what the ultimate goal is. Please expand on your aspiration.

Screenwriting and Radio Play Formatting

Till now I've always written and adapted for theatre; it aids to be direct with the audience and it livens me up to work straight away into production. I wouldn't change it for the world as there's a special kind of creative freedom for us theatre practitioners. But lately I have had this sort of inw ...

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Dan MaxXx

save your money and get books from the Library. "screenwriter's bible" by Trottier seems to be format standard. And read scripts online. they are free. read 1000 produced scripts by Writers with track...

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Diandra Anne Mamo

Dan MaxXx Thanks a bunch Max! Much appreciated. Should you need a handbook yourself to write theatre plays i highly recommend Fraser Grace's book "Playwriting: A Writers' and Artists' Companion". Was b...

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David Timber

I can recommend a book, "The Art of Adaptation: Turning Fact And Fiction Into Film" by Linda Seger. I found it to be a clear and concise explanation on the differences between novels, plays, other wri...

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Diandra Anne Mamo

@DavidTimber Thanks David. Actually i wanted to learn different mediums rather than inclining to say screenwriting so as to deliver the story that might be calling into such other mediums. But your suggested resource sounds very promising too, thank you.

Diandra Anne Mamo

Any radio writers out there?

Nancy Carpenter

I have four unpublished books (don't judge me). I also leveraged one of the books into a seven episode limited drama series, as well as a treatment for additional episodes if the first goes well. Seems there could be some nice synergy with both the book and TV. Any thoughts are appreciated.

Izzibella Beau

I agree with David. What's stopping you from indie publishing?

Chris Everheart

Based on what I'm hearing "trans-media" is a great place to be right now - book/tv/film/etc all working together. I'm creating a comic book series right now with an eye to a feature film. Good feedback so far. Keep up the great work, Nancy!

Jeff E. Gregory

Self-publish (consider using Smashwords and/or Kindle Direct Publishing (Amazon)), then work on getting an agent.

David E. Gates

If you need help self-publishing, drop me a private message.

Jeff E. Gregory

I can also provide advice.

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