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More Than 60 Agents Will Be Taking Pitches at the 2012 Writer’s Digest Conference

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The 2012 Writer’s Digest Conference (Jan. 20-22, 2012) is coming up fast and promises to be a blast. We have incredible presenters lined up to instruct, fun sessions to attend, and, of course the gigantic Agent Pitch Slam that features the largest gathering of literary agents (more than 60 literary agents this year!) at any writing conference in the country. Last year, we had about 55, but the conference attendance was so outstanding that we felt lines were too long for each agent. That’s why our solution this year is “more agents, more time.” Read on. Read more

3 Things Screenwriting Taught Me That I Applied to Fiction

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1. Structure. Screenplays follow a rigorous three-act structure with a strong midpoint and an inciting incident somewhere in the first 10-15 pages. For fiction, I take this basic structure and emphasize the inciting incident and the midpoint. I think of them as smaller turning points—almost like adding “mini-acts” to the traditional beginning, middle, and end set-up of a screenplay. For me, this has been a great way to break up the plot into manageable chunks so I can orchestrate the pace of the story before I even start writing.

2. Beats. Once I have an outline for the plot that follows this modified three-act structure I break it down even further into beats, just like a screenwriter. Read more

Screenwriter Interview: Chris Sparling, Writer of ''Buried''

The thriller Buried comes out this Friday, Oct. 8, 2010., It features Ryan Reynolds (The Proposal) as a contractor in Iraq that wakes up in a coffin with a cell phone, a … Read more

Interview: Tim Kring, Creator of ”Heroes” and Author of ”Shift”

Your first novel just came out: Shift. It’s been described as The Manchurian Candidate meets The Dead Zone. Besides that, and without giving too much away, tell us a little more about what the book is about.

Shift is an historical thriller set in 1963. It focuses on an actual CIA clandestine mind control program called “MK Ultra.” This program dosed up to 120,000 unwilling and unwitting American citizens with LSD in an attempt to find a truth serum or a Manchurian Candidate for use as a weapon against the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Our story posits the one in a million person (Chandler Forrestal) whose brain chemistry reacts to this drug, unlocking hidden potentials in his brain that give him, in essence, super powers. Read more

Learn How to Write a Screenplay (and Get Your Script Critiqued!)

Exciting news! Jeanne V. Bowerman, founder of the #scriptchat group on Twitter, will be teaching writers how to write and format screenplays & scripts, in her webinar, “How to Write a Marketable … Read more

5 Things Television Teaches Writers

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We’ve all watched television—dramas, police procedurals, reality shows, newscasts. Although television is a different medium than writing, it provides an abundance of advice wrapped inside the programming that’s relevant to today’s writers.

Guest column by Janice Gable Bashman, co-author of Wanted Undead or Alive: Vampire Hunters and Other Kick-Ass Enemies of Evil (Citadel Press, 2010) and contributing editor of the Big Thrill (the newsletter of the International Thriller Writers). Read more

5 Screenwriting Tips All Writers Can Learn From

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No. 2: Start late. In individual scenes, don’t waste valuable time on unnecessary entrances and hellos. See if a scene can be started in the middle. A writer who is willing to self-edit will often find that a scene is strengthened by cutting the first two, and often last two, lines of dialogue.

No. 12: A flawed protagonist is more compelling than a perfect protagonist. Inexperienced writers may fail to imbue a protagonist with undesirable traits because they want him or her to appear likable and their cause noble. But a completely capable hero leads an audience to relax its attention: If he can handle anything, why worry? Read more

100 Pages in 30 Days: This April, Participate in Script Frenzy With Me!

You know National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)? It’s where you just sit down for one month and crank out a novel. It doesn’t have to be awesome. It just forces you to … Read more

Blake Snyder Was the Master of Structure

I got word yesterday that screenwriter Blake Snyder passed away this week at the much-too-young age of 52.  To quickly explain who he is: Blake had a few of his screenplays produced, … Read more

Page 2 News: A Smattering of Info

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Here are some news bits that are cool but didn’t necessitate their own post:

Come to the Wyoming Writers’ Conference!
I’ll be teaching and meeting with writers this weekend (June 5-7) at this conference, held in the scenic Mountain West. Literary agent Meredith Kaffel will be there taking pitches and the location seems like an amazing place to relax and recharge your writing batteries. Read more

Talking Script/Screenplay Managers

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Q. I was wondering on how you can help me get the right agent. I’ve written a screenplay, which is copyedited and registered. My query letter and my synopsis seem to be … Read more

Agent Advice: Margery Walshaw of Evatopia

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This installment features literary agent Margery Walshaw, founder of Evatopia in Southern California. Margery is literary agent and script manager, focusing on both feature film scripts as well as juvenile fiction writing. Read more

Literary Agents vs. Managers

Last week, I posted submission info on Will Entertainment. Before I knew it, Verla Kay’s Web site, among others, picked up the news and spread it like wildfire. Garrett Hicks (of WE) must … Read more

New Agency Alert: Will Entertainment

Reminder: Newer agencies are golden opportunities for new writers because they’re likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time and postage.

Cool new alert to see. Will Entertainment is looking for children’s book writers whose writing is good enough to brave both the literary and film worlds. Awesome opportunity, but your work better be up to snuff to challenge both worlds! Read more

New Agency Alert: Arthouse Literary

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Reminder: Newer agencies are golden opportunities for new writers because they’re likely building their client list; however, always make sure your work is as perfect as it can be before submitting, and only query agencies that are a great fit for your work. Otherwise, you’re just wasting time and postage.

Represents: Nonfiction books, novels, movie scripts. Read more

Absolute Write Talks With Agent Ken Atchity

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Absolute Write sat down with Dr. Ken Atchity, principal of AEI: Atchity Editorial/Entertainment International, Inc. His agency handles both screenplays and literary works. Read more

My Adventures in San Diego

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Just got back from the La Jolla Writers Conference outside San Diego and I’m trying to stay awake long enough to write this post… Read more

The Unknown Screenwriter Site

Maybe I was the only person who hadn’t stumbled onto this site by now, but if you haven’t checked out The Unknown Screenwriter, you should definitely do so.      This anonymous scriptmaster is kinda … Read more

Querying Hollywood (2008 GLA Article Excerpt)

2008 Article Excerpt: Screenwriter Candy Davis talks about thedifferences between an agentand a manager in Hollywood. “…The first thing you need to know is that an “agent,” per se, is not necessarily … Read more

Screenwriting News

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Some screenwriting news this Monday afternoon…

1. First of all, the big news in Hollywood is the pending strike by the Writer’s Guild of America. As the strike looms, script agents are having to get into the fray. The Los Angeles Times did a great piece on how all this affects agents. Read more

The Management Co. Changes Submission Guidelines

The Management Company, a California-based agency focusing on film and TV scripts, recently changed their submission guidelines. Here are their new guidelines: How to contact: Submit by e-mail only (tmco@mail.com), with the … Read more

Agent Advice: Ken Sherman of Ken Sherman & Associates

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This installment features agent Ken Sherman, founder of Ken Sherman & Associates in Beverly Hills. Sherman handles screenplays, books and life rights. GLA had the opportunity to talk with Ken for the 2008 Guide to Literary Agents. Read more

Advice on Selling Screenplays

Most of the scripts that Hollywood buys are commissioned—meaning executives and producers contact proven screenwriters (who already have agents) and pay them for requested scripts, drafts and revisions. Screenplays that are written by aspiring screenwriters … Read more

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