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Ask Me Anything (AMA) Wednesday 2/21 to Thursday 2/22- Nailing Your Book Proposals & Query Letters

I'm a NYT Bestselling author and my trilogy is published with Simon & Schuster. My first novel Brooklyn Story is being made into a feature film and I had the honor of penning the script for the adaptation.

I'm here to answer all of your questions about how to nail your book proposals and query lett...

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Maurice Vaughan

Thanks again for hosting this AMA, Suzanne Corso! Congratulations on all your success! Glad to hear "Brooklyn Story" is being made into a feature and you wrote the script!

Leonardo Ramirez

Here's the link to the lab that Suzanne Corso taught: "Write your Book Proposal: Query, Synopsis & Outline" : https://www.stage32.com/education?p=8948626817331 Great AMA!...

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Pamela Jaye Smith

Thanks, Suzanne, for all the helpful information. One thing we've been included in most of our query in a sentence or two and in our proposals with a paragraph a more, some with links -- Market Appeal...

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Jonathan Jordan
"Get Signed!" book about landing an agent actually written BY an agent.

Hi all, should've made this post sooner but wanted to let you all know about an incredible resource that's about to drop and is available for preorder..."Get Signed!" by Lucinda Halpern, who runs her own NYC lit agency and has extensive experience working for publishers too. She's the real deal and...

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Home - Get Signed - Discover the Fastest Way to Become a Published Author
Home - Get Signed - Discover the Fastest Way to Become a Published Author
Learn all about literary agent Lucinda Halpern's book for writers, GET SIGNED: Find An Agent, Land a Book Deal, and Become a Published Author.
Suzanne Bronson

Great recommendation. Thank you for sharing Jonathan

Ashley Renee Smith

Thats so interesting, Jonathan Jordan! Thank you for sharing this resource with the community!

Rutger Oosterhoff

Smart! "How to get signed?" One of the most asked questions here on Stage32..Will sell like hell! I wonder how many writers having read the book will have an agent within a year? There's no guaranteed ticket to heaven.

Pat Alexander

Thank you for the recommendation!

Fran Harris
Can AI Help or Hurt Your Playwriting?
Towards the Artificially Intelligent Playwright: Experimentation with Chat GPT
Towards the Artificially Intelligent Playwright: Experimentation with Chat GPT
Dominic Chamayou-Douglas* Abstract The role of the playwright is threatened by the technological advance of language generator software, including Chat GPT. New technology may be incorporated into the…
Thom Egelston

It's definitely interesting to play with, or even use as a tool on rare occasions, but would never ask it to write for me. Instead, I use it to ask things like "What is character X trying to say here?...

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Ashley Renee Smith

Jaap Ruurd Feitsma, I also think as a tool, it's great for checking and compiling research quickly. If you're writing and in a flow, but you need to switch over to fact-check something, you can easily...

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Leonardo Ramirez

I agree with Ashley Renee Smith in that it can be used as a research tool...especially with my short attention span. SQUIRREL!

But on a serious note, I once had a professor tell me that when you write...

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Ashley Renee Smith

Hahaha, glad to know I'm not alone in... SQUIRREL!

Pat Alexander

AI is definitely terrible over any sort of long form writing. I'll use it sometimes for location descriptions of places I've never been with a simple prompt like: "Describe 1820s London in 3 sentences." Which will output something smart looking and pithy that I can play around with.

Anyone else going to London Book Fair?

Ages since I went, and I really fancy a mooch around (and Taylor JR talk obvs!). Let me know if you're going, and what you're looking forward to? Also, before anyone says it, I know LBF isn't really for authors, and our agents and publishers will be busy on the deal-making floor, but it is great fun...

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Ashley Renee Smith
Tomorrow's Ask Me Anything Here In The Authoring Lounge!

Hey, All!

Don't miss out on tomorrow’s fantastic AMA with Suzanne Corso, NYT Bestselling Author, Journalist, and TV/Film Correspondent to THE TODAY SHOW in the Authoring Lounge! Suzanne is sharing her time with us to answer YOUR questions about "Nailing Your Book Proposals & Query Letters".

The post i...

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Sydney Summers
8-Part Author Lab: Write Your Book Proposal – Query, Synopsis & Outline

Stage 32 is excited to welcome back Suzanne Cross for her upcoming lab.

In this exclusive Stage 32 8-part lab, you will create your persuasive book proposal so you can get the attention of major commercial book publishers. To work with you one-on-one for your journey is NYT best selling author Suzann...

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Sam Sokolow

I've known Suzanne for a while and hold her in the highest regard. She's a great person, writer and educator. This is going to be an amazing lab!

D.E. White

Absolutely love this - just what loads of people have been asking for! Although, to add, you will need to first get the attention of a literary agent so they can submit to major commercial book publis...

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Suzanne Corso

Cannot wait!!!!

Suzanne Corso

Sam you are the best and I thank you! Sam Sokolow

Suzanne Corso

Thank you for your kind words. @D.E.White

Check out Stage 32's January 2024 Education Schedule!

This January, you'll have the chance to learn from knowledgeable industry executives, music supervisors, showrunner assistants, commercial directors, stunt professionals, actors, showrunners, directors, acclaimed producers, screenwriters, distributors, and representatives. Thanks Ashley, Sam, Sydney...

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Sam Sokolow

Thanks for sharing, Leonardo Ramirez! It's an exciting month and a chance for everyone in the community to kick off 2024 by working with, and learning from, some of the top people in the industry.

If I...

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Leonardo Ramirez

Thanks so much Sam Sokolow. Here's to an amazingly creative 2024!

Ashley Renee Smith

Thanks for getting the word out, Leonardo Ramirez!

Leonardo Ramirez

You're not alone Andrew Russ! They are pretty awesome.

Are you ready to write your book proposal? Then this lab is for you!

In this new exclusive Stage 32 8-part Stage 32 lab, you will create your persuasive book proposal so you can get the attention of major commercial book publishers. To work with you one-on-one for your journey is NYT best selling author Suzanne Corso, who is hailed as one of USA Today’s New Voices fo...

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Ashley Renee Smith
Friday's Ask Me Anything in the Stage 32 Writer's Room!

Hey, All!

Don't miss out on tomorrow’s fantastic AMA in the Writer’s Room Lounge! Victoria Davis, Script Editor & Development Consultant (DISCLAIMER, THE GREAT, MAN VS BEE) is sharing her time with us to answer YOUR questions about "How a Script Editor Can Help Get You Out of the Woods and Onto the S...

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Terrence Sellers
Marketing Integrated Fiction Writing

Today, we published chapter 13 of my sci-fi novel Xtreme Saga. This is one of my favorite chapters in the first book, because it, better than most of the other chapters, exemplifies what I will refer to as "Marketing Integrated Fiction Writing". When I was first hired to write Xtreme Saga, which did...

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XPG - GAME TO THE XTREME
XPG - GAME TO THE XTREME
Xtreme Performance Gear, A versatile gaming brand that produces fun content, products, and services for every type of gamer.
Ashley Renee Smith

Thats a really interesting approach, Terrence Sellers! I'm glad that the company was open to that, instead of awkwardly forcing products that wouldn't really make sense in the context of the world you...

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Leonardo Ramirez

Love the approach and the integration of the products into the story, Terrence Sellers. It's really out-of-the-box thinking!

Maurice Vaughan

Congratulations on chapter 13 being published, Terrence Sellers!

"I do not claim that this is the only way to do it, but the way I have done it is by examining the products and applying their names in...

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Manifestation.

It's London Book Fair in March and I have a book out on submission via my agent. An actor friend sent me a link to manifestation ages ago, and I've decided to go for it! I've got motivational quotes all around the house, links up on my laptop, and books in places I walk past often. Anyone else do this and has it worked?

Stella Marie Alden

Hi again! I have used manifestation for ages. I suggest less motivational quotes and more concentration on the actual goals. Such as "I earn 100K as a writer this year." Make it as lofty as you can believe you can do. GOOD LUCK!

Ashley Renee Smith

I have friends who swear by it, D.E. White! I believe that putting positivity out into the universe will always come back in positive ways.

Suzanne Bronson

Manifestation is thoughts become things. I don't use motivational quotes, I act "As if" I already have what I want. To build on what Stella said, "I have earned 100k as a writer this year." And then m...

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Pamela Millican

All the time, its what I teach as a mindset coach.. and yes it works wonderfully. Every night before I go to sleep, i give my unconscious mind something to work on by asking myself "how would I 'feel'...

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AMA Tomorrow in the Post-Production Lounge!

Always good to learn all aspects of filmmaking! With that in mind, check out tomorrow's AMA (Wednesday, February 7th) in the Post-Production Lounge- Kenneth Lui, Filmmaker, Editor, and Professional VFX Artist (BATMAN V. SUPERMAN, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) will be answering...

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