Authoring & Playwriting

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

Nicholas In Seattle
Book One, Part Two now on Amazon, paperback is not up yet August 23rd 2020 Back from Major Surgery on my Spine...

What's on my mind?

-- My Book Corrections so they can be published and available for purchase on Amazon.

-- My Spine, and the 1.25 years I will be going through in healing, physical therapy, rehabilitation, mental and emotional & physical addressing of my body for the next 1.24 years, and wondering wh...

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Tasha Lewis

Welcome! I pray for a speedy recovery.

Nicholas In Seattle

Hi Tasha, thanks kindly. Here it is 3 months later and I am JUST NOW seeing you'd written. So sorry. I don't LIVE in these places, and they DON'T notify me that anyone's written to me. SO I HAPPEN UPO...

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Ihekuna Chimezie Benedict

Nicholas In Seattle are you accepting manuscripts in a variety of genres at this time?

Tasha Lewis

Nicholas in Seattle, no problem. I’m glad for the update.

Aaron Wroblewski
Using Well Known Characters in Script

Greetings everyone!

I'm currently writing a Cyberpunk graphic novel, some of which is set in "virtual" world (think Ready Player One). I'm wanting to write very recognisable character-avatars that people use in my novel, (eg. yoda, transformers, halo Master Chief, etc). I'm worried about copyright,...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai

There is NO COPYRIGHT IN AN IDEA. So long as you don't use actual avatars, logos, trademarks which other people have published, you're good. This is very, very far from an original idea which boosts y...

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Tony S.

Hire a lawyer.

Aaron Wroblewski

maybe i'll just stay safe and steer well clear lol, thanks! :)

Angela VanZandt-Bumpass

They might give you clearance. Remember the Golden Rule always. Maybe you could create even better characters. I am thinking you can! An attorney might be a good idea, yes. They are expensive but in t...

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Aaron Wroblewski

Thanks Angela!

Janelle Barker
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What’s your opinion on Kindle direct publishing look forward to hearing from you guys.

Janelle Barker

Thanks guys

Barry Kopulos

Thanks for comments btw I still need to get book edited ideas of ballpark figure for cost

Chris Harold Stevenson

My publishers use it to put me in print and it works just fine with me. I haven't gone Indie because I really don't have the skills to format, self-edit professionally and create books covers. good luck with it should you decided to go that way!

Tristan Hutchinson

Barry the average cost is about 400 dollars for a novel. It depends how much editing you need done.

Tristan Hutchinson

KDP is a great option. If you have extra money to spend, I would at least purchase your own ISBN numbers though.

Michael Nguyen
Test Reading a Short Play

Hello Theatre Enthusiasts,

This may sound silly to ask, but I am planning to do a test read of a short play that I am currently writing out of a series of ten, and I was wondering if there is anyone who would be interested in taking part should I make this script-reading event possible, just to see i...

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I'll put the script in good hands for the film adaptation

Hello. My name is Anna. I recently completed the process of writing a script for my book. My dream is to film this story. I am ready to actively cooperate with film companies and people who may be interested in this. I wish you to take a direct part in the creation of the film. I also have a few mor...

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Jeff E. Gregory

I'm going through a similar process. E-mail me at gregorj3 at gmail dot com. I provide free advice.

William 'JPop' Schumpert

Love to do the same with my work. I’ve spoken out with some on Stage 32 but no luck so far. My work is with horror and learned script writing from the director of Children of the Corn (Fritz Kiersch).

Amanda Toney
Authors, if you've ever wanted to adapt your book for the screen

Our very own Jason Mirch has been working tirelessly with our executives to find a list of people who specialize in book to screen adaptations. We are now offering a way for you to share a syonpsis of your book and more information about you as a writer, and can work with an executive to help find t...

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Tristan Hutchinson

Hi Amanda. I have done a few book to screen adaptations.

Daisy White

Cool idea - I would love to know what goes on when material is sent off for 'developmental review' and what they are looking for.

Dea Divi

Thank you.

Jeff E. Gregory

Does the author submit or the copyright holder?

William 'JPop' Schumpert

Was in talks about a year ago with a Canadian film maker about adapting one of my novellas to script. The deal feel through but it taught me opportunities can come and go.

Heidi Schussman
Save The Girls

I usually hang out in the screenwriter's lounge, but this is a book... I figured I ought to post this in it's proper place :)

I've written three crime novels, all with the same characters (basically). I was challenged by several readers to write the main character's back story (Sean McGee). I took up...

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Heidi Schussman

So, you use a publisher? How do they get paid?

John Ellis

Okay, BookBaby is NOT an "indie publisher." They are a vanity publisher. Authors buy services from them to print a book. And if you feel the need to pay someone for services, there are better and less...

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Heidi Schussman

Yes, John, I agree... stay away from vanity pubs. You can do all of this stuff yourself. You can pay a Fiverr person to design your book cover, format your manuscript, and even find a voice over artis...

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Tasha Lewis

Thank you John Ellis for your input. Book Baby's Partner Program allows you to share your personal link. Earn commission and use it for book purchases or income. Just a resource.

Janelle Barker
Author

Hello guys it’s jell

from Australia how are you all?

Thought I would pop in and write my story I’m an author of seven books, poetry, non-fiction, fiction, biographies. 1st book is published some are going through the process of becoming published. I have one book coming out on October 22 and two...

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Daisy White

Congratulations!

Barry Kopulos

I'm just finishing up my first book about networking for Amazon Kindle it's called MAKE QUALITY CONNECTIONS. How to up your networking game

Janelle Barker

wow! That sounds great.

Barry Kopulos

I will use my book as lead generator already have many that want autographed copy of book. I belong to networking group which I will give copies to everyone when its published

Barry Kopulos

I understand amazin prints books on demand too the publish version. I think my 29 of in doc format will expand to over 100 pgs for lindle

Format on playwriting

I am starting a play and I was told the script format is the opposite of a screen script. Is this true?

Karen "Kay" Ross

If you work with Celtx - and there is a free version - you choose what kind of format before you begin, and the third option should be "Theatre". For the most part, it will keep your formatting correct. However, when in doubt, read other plays!

Donna L Hinkley

Thank you. I appreciate your help.

Iris Ebia

So intense and yet Cute! You got my attention, very intriguing... the ending caught me by surprise! I think you got a niche, creating other classic tales and giving it an updated spin on it. Great imagination, Stage 32'ers...

Influences: Anyone Other Novelists More Inspired By Movies Than Other Books?

So, I'm kind of a strange bird. I love novels. A lot. But I think I actually love movies a little bit more. I'm a pretty visual person. In fact, I see the stories I write as movies in my head. Camera angles, the whole works. Trying to translate that into novel format has been challenging to say the...

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Kiril Maksimoski

Go ahead and novelize them....what do you have to loose (except time)? You have the scripts already, some interested party likes your novel and approaches to you with idea for a film, you're covered :)

Daisy White

I would go ahead and write those novels! I visualise when I write and don't get carried away with the nuts and bolts. You will know when something sounds right, and it sounds like you are super creative.

Karen "Kay" Ross

That totally makes sense to me, Michael Cantrell. I find that music inspires me to write in a way that doesn't necessarily spoon-feed me the way other films do, so I can see how a different medium wou...

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Donna L Hinkley

Write, write, write. We all have movies going on in our heads as we write books, screenplays, tv scripts. The biggest way to learn is to do. Just write.

Henry Richard

I'm new here..Good day..I'm happy..I can finally share an amazing already written hollywood script for those who need it..Thank y"all

Brian Flanagan
An Open Road

[Thanks to Karen "Kay" Ross for suggesting I illustrate my story and compare it to other works. In my defense, I really do know better, but you see how that worked out.

Inspired by my own travels, our protagonists' odyssey takes them from coast to coast on the trail of 'On the Road,' with stops alo Expand post

Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Brian Flanagan! Thanks for sharing this on the Authoring Lounge - I definitely think you'll find more members who will contribute here.

What other films would you see your book ultimately looking...

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Jeff E. Gregory

Brian, you can reach out to me for free advice using gregorj3 at gmail dot com.

Brian Flanagan

Karen "Kay" Ross

Thanks again for your thoughtful suggestions. As to paying for a review...

Three execs from Disney came to Iowa City to talk about a contest at the Writers Workshop.

Things quickly turne...

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Brian Flanagan

Jeff E. Gregory

Thanks for your gracious offer.

Mackenzie Kristjon
No aspect of writing makes you rich.

I came across this article in The Guardian and thought people here might find it interesting. https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/aug/27/no-aspect-of-writing-makes-......

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'No aspect of writing makes you rich' - why do authors get a pittance for film rights?
'No aspect of writing makes you rich' - why do authors get a pittance for film rights?
hen Charles Webb, who died earlier this year, sold the movie rights to his 1963 novel The Graduate for $20,000, it earned him a place in one newspaper's list of "the world's biggest mugs". (Mike Nicho…
Daisy White

Interesting article. I write fiction for a living & rights sales are a major part of my income (& being able to pay the mortgage

Mackenzie Kristjon

Oh neat. What kind of fiction do you write?

William 'JPop' Schumpert

I work retail for a living and write horror. I was one of those who thought that making a living as a writer would instantly work. Then again that was back in college. Recently had a pitch meeting and...

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David E. Gates

I get told repeatedly how good my work is, but still waiting for that option call.

Daisy White

I write crime - there's a lot of it about but a big reader appetite too ;-)

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