Authoring & Playwriting

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

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Carlos Perez
Finding work

Hey, I was invited by Karen "Kay" Ross to check out this group. I started out as a playwright many years ago and did it because I found it fun, had a story to say, and was looking for work for myself as an actor. I auditioned and so forth but hated just waiting for someone to cast me. So I wrote pla...

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Carlos Perez - IMDb
Carlos Perez - IMDb
Carlos Perez has an M.A. in English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (a professional writing degree in playwriting and screenwriting) and a B.F.A. in Speech and Theatre from Avila University.
Amanda Toney

What a really inspiring backstory Carlos, wow. How impressive that you've had eight stage plays published and even more produced. How are you finding it now acting and performing during COVID?

Carlos Perez

I'm continuing to write and submit work. I'm not doing much of it with a company now, but I do think things could be done thru Zoom or on a Podcast. I'm still learning how to navigate that world. I've...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Thank you for sharing, Carlos Perez! I love stories where creatives aren't finding the material they're looking for (whether as an actor, director, or producer), so they start writing themselves. Has...

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Ihekuna Chimezie Benedict
Any agents in the house?

Are there agents in the house who are currently seeking published poets, authors, and screenplays?

Jeff E. Gregory

You need ti actively search for agents. See my blog here: Seeking an Agent.

Amanda Toney

Here's the link to Jeff's blog: https://www.stage32.com/blog/Seeking-an-Agent

Marco Frisan
What if I have a plot? And what are the next steps?

Hi, I have no idea how I can "find a possible production"(?) for some plots I have and I and going to adapt for cinema/tv. Also, how am I supposed to present them? Where am I supposed to send them? Any clue is welcome, thanks. (Sorry, if I seem dumb or ... even stupid, with this question, but this i...

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Jeff E. Gregory

Contact me at gregorj3 at gmail dot com. I provide free advice on the topic, as I am going through this myself.

Marco Frisan

Thanks Jeff E. Gregory, I will contact you.

Marco Frisan

Noureddine Hifad thanks for the advise, though I am from Italy, so I don't know if I am eligible to protect my work through WGA. Anyway there is similar organizations in Italy, I think.

Tony S.

Through the Berne Convention signed by most countries, a US Copyright is good worldwide. Don't bother with the WGA.

I seem to recall an Italian writer who said any work finished in Italy had very strong protection upon completion. Double check this, but register in the US.

John Ellis

First and most important question, Marco Frisan is what's your goal? Writer? Director? Producer? Cinematographer? A hyphenate of these? Your answer will determine next steps, as each "profession" has...

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Dr. Marilyn Monroe
Hello. My Book. White Secrets. Need to become Film and a Play A Show.

The book is in Hebrew only at this moment. It telling of the true story of a talented Teen In Arts. that is sexually abused by her teachers. I don't have the money or source to make it a film. or a paly. The Book is important to the understanding of the soul. of the mental. emotional. physical devel...

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Jeff E. Gregory

You'll need an agent to get an adaptation done.

Dr. Marilyn Monroe

yes i need agent are you ?

Tasha Lewis

Welcome. Visit Stage 32 FAQ about adapting it to film. Until it is available in English, people can use Google translate. Do you want to pitch it and obtain producers or raise funding?

Nabil Shaban
This week I have been able to sell 11 of my books via my Facebook

I have had to self publish all my books, market and distribute and sell. One thing I have discovered is that it helps sales if you are a minor "star" of a popular TV Sci-Fi drama series and have a dedicated Facebook Fan page. Now, I have been on Facebook for quite a few years, and I've been making p...

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Debbie Croysdale

@Nabil congratulations your sales are kicking off, your stories look intriguing. Your right that social media is a great way to get your brand across and Transmedia also opens gateways. Never before h...

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Nabil Shaban

Funny you saying that because I'm doing a podcast for an Australian Doctor Who fan club in a few days, reaching out to Tasmania. And only two days ago someone in Minneapolis was enquiring about booking me for a online convention appearance.

Daisy White

Love the covers and sounds like you are on your way - congratulations!

Nabil Shaban

Hello Daisy, I've only known two Daisys in my life. One was very dear to me when I was a child in a special home and school for disabled kids. She was one of the most outrageous grown-ups I knew. She...

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H Bentabak
An audit request

Hello !

I wrote a novel a while ago and published it on Wattpad

I need someone to check it for me because it is the first time I write in English and I want to participate in a competition with this novel.

Can someone help = and tell me whether it is good or not ?

We can communicate via messages

Bardi Osobuanomola Catherine

Hi I would like to check it out. I started out book club 2 years ago but I had to put it on hold. I'm opening a new one, would you like to be a part of it?

H Bentabak

Yes Catherine !

it would be a pleasure

H Bentabak
Thoughts disappear suddenly

Hello, Thousands of ideas come to me for beautiful scenarios, but they suddenly disappear and become faded in my eyes. I need an expert opinion.

Does it happen to you as it happens to me?

What i should do in this case?

Tasha Lewis

Find out what your learning styles are. Here is a resource The Way they Learn by Cynthia Tobias.

Kiril Maksimoski

I'm no expert, but think of this - any idea that lingers in your mind quite a lot it's probably worth developing. Human brain is designed in a way so it's impossible not to think, hence impossible not...

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Martin Roy Hill

I use the voice memo app on my iPhone to record ideas, or I jot them down in the notes apps. The trick, however, is to remember to go back and review them.

Charles W Gordon III

As far as I see it, when an idea lingers, that’s the one to go on, but that takes some patience. First see how you can generate more details to go along with the idea. If it falls into place you proba...

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Tasha Lewis

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and journal your thoughts and ideas.

Rights Requests

Just got a question - after you have had a request for info/more material regarding film/TV rights for a book do you ever follow up after you have sent the requested material? Or if you don't hear anything else do you just assume it's a no and move on? This has happened a couple of times in the last...

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Richard P. Alvarez

If I don't get a response I assume they're not interested, and scratch them off the list. Having said that, I got a request to option a script 18 months after a request to read - so strange things hav...

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Jeff E. Gregory

I have my agent do the submitting and follow up on my behalf.

Tasha Lewis

See Stage 32 FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).

Bill Albert

I had the same thing happen just a few months ago. They liked the idea and asked for more. I waited a month and then sent a few emails but got nothing back. My guess is they changed their minds on it....

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Daisy White

Thanks everyone!

James Dalessandro
James Dalessandro, Best Selling author, screenwriter, TV writer/producer

I have been utilizing Stage 32 for remote pitch sessions, and taught a class here in writing pilots for serialized shows. In the 1970s, I founded the nation's largest poetry/literary festival with Ken Kesey, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg and Charles Bukowski. Bukowski would have been 100 las...

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Catarina S. César
Animation adaptations

Hi everybody, I have a question regarding authorship, credit. Let me know if this ever happened to you: so, some months ago I was approached by a writer who wrote a 14-pages children's book about 2 animals fighting over a jungle and being then dominated by men. It's self published on Amazon. I wrote...

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Carl Crosby

take a look at this site it might help. https://www.raindance.org/10-rules-of-copyright-for-screenwriters/

and

https://www.copyright.gov/video/script.html...

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Richard P. Alvarez

Catarina's bio says she's based in Lisbon, Portugal. Copyright laws vary from country to country - and even from treaty to treaty between countries. She doesn't list where the author of the book is lo...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Richard P. Alvarez Portugal is a signatory to the Berne Convention. She's probably in a stronger position than she would be in the US, which has far weaker copyright laws not having been a signatory u...

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Catarina S. César

Richard P. Alvarez the author of the book is based in the UK, although he is naturally from Nigeria and I am from Portugal.

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Catarina S. César It matters where the contract is signed more than where the writers live.

Children book.

Does anyone know the nooks and crannies of writing a children's book?

Daisy White

I think it depends on the target audience? A picture book for younger children/a Middle Grade book/or something for Young Adults. I don't write for younger children but I did some YA and it's basically just adapting your plot for and understanding your audience. Good luck!

Julia Petrisor

Well, I am no expert but based on the children's books I've seen, you don't necessarily need a full plot/ story, more of a theme and way to share values (at least for kids 2-8 or 9). Or even just good...

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Martin Roy Hill

I don't write children's books, but I came across this course sometime back: https://www.udemy.com/course/how-to-write-a-great-childrens-book...

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Jean-François Chénier

Some good advice here: https://medium.com/@michaelhingston/picture-books-101-from-alison-hughes-9b9eec235b19

Query letter

Writing query letters are my handicap now. And I need help. Can someone please check out the letter I have written to see if I'm on the right track?

Tasha Lewis

Search Stage 32 for query letter resources. If you would like to earn while you search, bing.com and pch.com.

Jeff E. Gregory

Review my blog post here: Seeking an Agent.

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