Authoring & Playwriting

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

William Schumpert
Digital Marketing in 2023

It’s a topic I’ve been looking into for a while. After buying Digital Marketing for Dummies (yes a Dummies title) I have thousands of Impressions and hundreds of Engagements per week. Also read that the better time to promote on Social Media is in the morning. And to retweet ads during the day/after...

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Geoff Hall

Hi William, if I'm using Twitter I try and post something that will coincide with west coast USA waking up, so 4pm Brit time. I will then retweet it later via my other Twitter accounts.

David E. Gates

Has the book led to any increase in sales?

William Schumpert

David E. Gates it’s helped. Although there was a mess up when our publisher decided to make a half off sale in December. At the same time we were putting out our own promotions. The result is that no...

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Learn what elements should be in a big commercial script that can attract A-List talent

One of Hollywood’s top purveyors of big time commercial scripts is coming to Stage 32 tomorrow to teach a webinar on the elements that he feels makes a script commercially viable and worthy of an A-List star. I highly recommend this webinar for writers. Here’s a link so you can check it out and regi...

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D.E. White

Sounds great!

Debbie Elicksen

Thanks for alerting us to this, Sam Sokolow. I will check it out.

Maurice Vaughan

Fantastic webinar!

Mohamed Chwitar

Great opportunity!

Morgan Aitken

I think I've seen it before. Same bloke with the great profile pic (eating popcorn in a cinema)... Recall it was excellent.

Brian Smith
Kickstarter?

Does anyone have any experience using Kickstarter when self-publishing? I want to use the money for a good editor, a talented graphic artist for the cover art, and potentially recording it for Audible. I'm curious if anyone found success with it? Was it a total disaster? Somewhere in between?

D.E. White

I once worked with an Australian publisher who did this. Years ago, but it worked for them. They offered things like original artwork, signed copies etc.

Morgan Aitken

I don't know of anyone kickstarter -- on online solicitation -- worked for. Then again, I don't really know anyone famous. Actually... that's not true; but they're rich, so don't need kickstarter. Sort of a catch 22 situation.

Martin Reese

I know folks that have been successful on Kickstarter. It especially seems to work for graphic novels and comics. I have run unsuccessful campaigns. It is a lot of work and you have to do a lot of upf...

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Debbie Elicksen

It's not easy and takes almost as much work as the book itself. RB wrote about crowdfunding a few years ago. Any campaign has to be well thought out. Research other successful campaigns on that site t...

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Morgan Aitken
Paper: Obsolete or What?

I wrote a book. Yeah yeah, don't all groan at once. Like who hasn't written a book or shown up at a dinner party with homemade wine? It happens. Get a grip. I won't do that again.

But let's just say you have a book. Nobody wants to read the thing, or drink homebrew wine, and apart from lying through...

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Jenean McBrearty

The thing about the electronic format is that I can't make notes in the margins or doodle as I ponder a thought. I am a tactile reader/learner. I can't dog-ear a page either. Yes, I pay for the book,...

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Morgan Aitken

Hiya @Jenean McBrearty ... that's Scrooge McDuck -- an uncle or cousin of Daffy's I believe. ... 'a concussion if it falls...' yup, I hear ya. LOL

And not to quibble, but my kindle and my android e-rea...

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David E. Gates

Not to be too pedantic, but Scrooge McDuck is not related to Daffy Duck. The latter is Warner Bros. The former is Disney. (I did a lot of research into Disney when I was younger. Never thought it would be useful! LOL).

Jenean McBrearty

HI@Morgan Aitken...You make a great point. A boat would sink from too many books. Electronic stuff (I was going to use the REAL "S" word) allows long distance enjoyment of many things. Isn't that the...

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Morgan Aitken

Whoops, I stand corrected on the duck genealogy. Funny, you should mention the battery @Jenean McBrearty ... it did go flat, someone -- not to mention names -- left the ice-maker on over night (when t...

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Abdur Mohammed
A plague on authors

Hello. I am certain there are many authors on Stage32, and while the ratio of traditionally published to self-published is unknown, I do surmise my post may apply to both.

I self-published three novels starting in Spring of 2017. I was exposed to "predators" and learned a bitter lesson around October...

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Abdur Mohammed

hey Jackie, I have not done the removal from amazon yet, but I assume it will involve contacting the service reps. As for the rest of platforms, it was simply using the remove feature; I did not close my account as I wanted to monitor it for a few months after.

Jeffrey J. Mariotte

I got this weird, random text message the other day. I have no idea who sent it or how they got my number, but I'm a much-published writer. I write my own novels, and people pay me to publish them. I've never seen such a strange pitch to a professional writer.

Jeff E. Gregory

Jeffrey J. Mariotte, weird!

Patricia Gundlach

I received something like that as well. I passed!

Jeffrey J. Mariotte

I was almost tempted to respond just I could see what the scam is, but I decided that life's too short.

Terrence Sellers
Book 1 "Done"

Unrelated to the sci-fi novel I've posted about, I've been writing a fantasy novel series for the past 2 years. What started with the intention of being one book has evolved into a series. I believe I have posted about it in the past. The first book ended up being way, way too long and getting broke...

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Maurice Vaughan

Congratulations, William! One more chapter to go! :D

Terrence Sellers

@William, that's the easiest or hardest chapter to write!

William Schumpert

Terrence Sellers I tend to have the ending in mind as I come up with a concept. Filling the rest of the details can be difficult. Not wanting to copy anyone’s craft on what could be otherwise a cliche...

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Terrence Sellers

@William I'm constantly worried about copying works. I make it a point not to read things in whatever genre I'm currently writing if it's in first draft.

D.E. White

Sounds great - I personally would start querying now if Book 1 is polished. You can mention you have the other books in the series almost done.

Morgan Aitken
Comic Book VS Chapter Book - What Scores Higher in the Pitch Session

It's like this, see: a prod has a barrage of pitches lined up. A bunch of pure text tomes and maybe a graphic novel or two to consider for adaptation. But here's the thing, right? A picture is worth a thousand words, and a novel is well... a thousand pages. Thousands and thousands of words. The same...

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Christy Fenton

Not sure I have much expertise, but currently writing a GN adaptation of a previously published work. I'm using Final Draft to write which has a few different GN settings. Not a massive amount of diff...

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Stephen Olson

I am a little confused with your question. Are you pitching a graphic novel or a screen play? If you want to produce a graphic novel you go to a publisher. If you want to pitch a screenplay you go to...

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Morgan Aitken

@Stephen, Stephen, Stephen... (heavy sigh) I'm not pitching. I'm wondering. Wondering what differences pitching a story already in tangible form as a graphic novel VS an actual novel, would engender f...

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Jeffrey J. Mariotte

In my experience, comics/graphic novels have a bit of an edge because the decision-makers can look at it while you're pitching and "get" it (or not) right away. You can describe a novel to them, even...

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Morgan Aitken

Jeffrey J. Mariotte -- thank you! You understood and answered my question, perfectly. ... Finally, someone's at home and the porch light's on!

Roberta M Roy
Universities Changing Parameters/Methods of Teaching Due to AI

Since many of us are interested in the impact of AI, I thought this article particularly interesting as on the one hand it talks about how to wall AI out and on the other, how to incorporate its use. https://www.nytimes.com/2023/01/16/technology/chatgpt-artificial-intelli......

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My Self-Pub Journey...

I have a cover, and I nearly have a formatted book ready to upload. Blog tour is booked in and publication day is Feb 16th. Have I forgotten anything? ;-) Second book is out in April, same procedure.

Leonardo Ramirez

Perhaps have some reviews lined up for when it releases. Coordinate with those readers for them to post their reviews on release day on Amazon so that the algorithms pick up the number and place it in...

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Shellie Schmals

D.E. White - how exciting!! Do you have a touring schedule set?

D.E. White

7 days from Feb 16th. I would normally have gone for the 28 days but very mindful this is a rights reversion, so being cautious!

Shellie Schmals

D.E. White - if you ever travel through ATL, let me know!

D.E. White

Thanks for all your advice everyone and Shellie I will do! ;-)

We Need to Start Respecting Ourselves

In the era of vast abyss of “content” online, one has to remain completely detached from your reader. Imagine trying to be heard on an island full of thousands of screaming penguins, there is simply no way. You can’t expect to be read. The reality of the day, is that you are writing for yourself, ma...

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Geoff Hall

Morgan Aitken aaah! That's why I was coming across all this weird conservative stuff. Now that makes sense. I was told that if I planned leaving Twitter, then I should think of using GETTR. However, I...

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Stephen Olson

Elena Vaytsel, are you saying as an author, you do list yourself as an author, that you do not intend to have your writing seen by anyone?

Elena Vaytsel

Thank you for your question, Stephen. I listed myself as an author because on St 32 you have to list yourself as something. As I did write a few things (long enough to be called books), I chose 'autho...

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Zelene Dolton

Hey Elena, I'll read your scripts

Elena Vaytsel

Zelene, seriously? For me reading a screenplay is a heck of an investment of time and energy. I'll message you.

David E. Gates
Great "LIVE" feedback.

Lady at the train station who bought my book, Access Denied, yesterday : "Oh my God! I couldn't put it down!" Something very nice about hearing that directly from the reader. Available in all formats at all good online bookstores.

David E. Gates

Thanks Morgan & D.E. - Yes, I'm hoping she will... It also shows you should take any opportunity granted to you. I asked about putting an ad on a noticeboard in the waiting room for another of my book...

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David E. Gates

Thanks Amy Jayne Conley - It was very rewarding. I did tell her before she started reading that people have told me they couldn't put it down, so it was great to get that validation from her....

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Shellie Schmals

Congratulations David E. Gates !! Did you get her socials? Maybe she'll do a quick vid for you?

Jeff E. Gregory

Woohoo!

Morgan Aitken

David, you still doing UFO investigation? Something blew a line of craters and a trench into the seabed in shallow water near us. We were sipping fruity tropical beverages, minding our own business, w...

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