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Entrepreneurs: Jeff Davis, Creator of Criminal Minds & MTV's Teen Wolf

Johnathan Cardillo | Posted 03.04.2015 | Entertainment
Johnathan Cardillo

I started writing screenplays while I was in high school; feature film scripts. By the time I got to LA I had written about 20 scripts. I went to college at Vassar in NY and got a BA in Film Production, then I went to USC for Screenwriting.

63 And Free

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 03.05.2015 | Fifty
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Suddenly, having all the time in the world to do whatever I damned well pleased was disorienting. I wasn't sure what I damned well pleased.

Inside Traditional Publishing: Agents and Editors, Working Together

Karen Dionne | Posted 03.02.2015 | Books
Karen Dionne

Agents lie to editors? I remember thinking. Apparently, some do. Editors know it, and it makes their jobs that much harder.

Why the Definition of 'Good Writing' Needs a Transformation

Janice Sands | Posted 02.27.2015 | Books
Janice Sands

Carey Salerno, Executive Editor of Alice James Books and a Literary Arts Curator supporting the launch of Pen and Brush's new programming, shares what she has learned throughout her career in publishing and her experience as a poet and a writer.

Am I 'Just' A Mommy Blogger?

Shanell Mouland | Posted 02.19.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

I'm sitting at Starbucks. It's 7:05 p.m.. I have a notebook with me. I have doubts about trying to record my thoughts here, in this way, but I've seen so many people do it, that I am willing to give it a go.

The School of the Heartist -- Days of Founding a New School

Yanna Bat Adam, Heartist | Posted 02.12.2015 | Arts
Yanna Bat Adam, Heartist

It was time for me to speak more directly than I could with paintings -- to speak with living people -- in particular, those for whom creativity is a strong impulse that is sometimes problematic.

Writers and War: Does Phil Klay's Redeployment Signify a Cultural Shift?

Sarah Stodola | Posted 02.05.2015 | Books
Sarah Stodola

In his celebrated recent book of short stories, Redeployment, Phil Klay takes the imbroglio that was the Iraq War and turns it into the pulsing sum of very individual experiences.

Book Merchandising Tips for the Self-Publishing Author

Gordy Grundy | Posted 02.04.2015 | Books
Gordy Grundy

Authors tend to believe that their work has the potential to redefine literature and become a bestseller. This blinder will see a book to conclusion, but it will not aid the marketing and merchandising process. When presentation is everything, objectivity must be the transcendent mantra.

A Writer's Motto: 'Get to work'

Janice Sands | Posted 02.04.2015 | Books
Janice Sands

It's my pleasure to share a conversation I recently had with Kate Angus, who is a founding editor of Augury Books, as well as the Creative Writing Advisory Board Member for The Mayapple Center for Arts and Humanities and a teacher at the Gotham Writers' Workshop in New York.

Not Such A Grumpy Old Man After All: A Review of Donald Hall's Essays After Eighty

Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W. | Posted 02.02.2015 | Fifty
Michael Friedman, L.M.S.W.

I loved the essays. And I got a bit more understanding of what it feels like to live with accumulating losses and to have more of a past than a future.

My Secret Writer's Retreat

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.02.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

From my study window, I have a view of a tall, graceful gingko tree. If you don't know ginkgoes, they have succulent fan-shaped leaves that turn a Napoleonic yellow in the Fall and can drop all in one day.

14 Rules for Being Friends With a Writer

Angela Keck | Posted 01.30.2015 | Books
Angela Keck

Being friends with a writer comes with a certain set of caveats, or rules if you will, that you simply must accept if you're going to really appreciate the relationship you have with your writer friend.

Tempted to Read Your Own Book Reviews? Resist!

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.28.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

At the end of the day, writers can't worry about what readers think, want or buy. We have one job, and one job only: to follow our passions and put words on the page, creating books that we, ourselves, feel proud to have written.

Did Hemingway Really Say "Write Your Pants Off!"?

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.25.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

You'll often read or hear the advice that writing is basically getting to it, sitting down and doing it, or more elegantly that 'The art of writing is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair.'

Vampire Novelist Anne Rice On Falling Away From Christianity (Again)

Interfaith Voices | Posted 01.25.2015 | Religion

Vampire novelist Anne Rice has a conflicted soul. When we talked to her in 2009, she had abandoned atheism and returned to the Catholicism of her yout...

A Residency of One's Own

Jill Di Donato | Posted 01.20.2015 | Books
Jill Di Donato

It's exactly when you're feeling depressed about your writing career, or overly anxious to the point where you are doubtful about the work, that you need a residency.

Tips for a Successful Book Launch Party

2morrowknight | Posted 01.16.2015 | Books
2morrowknight

But whether authors know it or not, finishing your book is actually the beginning. This is why book launch parties can be a great promotional tool. If done right, they can provide crucial momentum.

The Syria I Miss

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
Chaker Khazaal

Only by clinging steadfastly to a memory of a happy Syria can I believe that one day those who contributed to both sides of the current war will commit to help the victims of the conflict. Syrian refugees are dying in the cold, and the price of a jacket is far less than the price of a weapon.

Public Radio: Are You Listening?

Melanie Bishop | Posted 01.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Melanie Bishop

There's a cabin in the Santa Cruz redwoods where I go periodically to write. I go there for the silence, the beauty, the fog, the reminder of how smal...

'Should I Start a Small Business?'

Carlota Zimmerman | Posted 01.06.2015 | Small Business
Carlota Zimmerman

Perhaps, instead of asking yourself if 2015 will be the year you start a small business, ask yourself if 2015 will finally be the year you start listening to and respecting your own voice. Perhaps 2015 will be the year you'll commit to making yourself happy.

6 Ways for Authors to Build an Engaging Platform Using Social Media

Dorit Sasson | Posted 03.05.2015 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Whether you're self-publishing or going the traditional route (or hybrid), you must map out the strategies for how you intend to build an engaging platform once you've reached those readers.

Paul Auster: How I Became a Writer

Louisiana Channel | Posted 03.04.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

This video not only tells the story of how Paul Auster became a writer. It also reveals how the American writer works. "A good days work is if I have one typed page at the end of the day, two is amazing, three is a miracle."

Learning From Adversity in 2014

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.02.2015 | Impact
Lev Raphael

2014 was one of the worst years ever for in many ways. It opened up lots of unpleasant doors, but as the cliché goes, for a writer, everything is material, no matter how awful. Even when we're suffering, part of us is observing the situation and thinking, "This would make a great story."

I Don't Need More Inspiration to Write--I Need More Time!

Lev Raphael | Posted 02.27.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

Writer Dinty Moore recently posted a pithy Jack London quote on his Facebook page: "You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club."

How To Finally Finish Your Book In 2015

Grammarly | Posted 02.25.2015 | Books
Grammarly

Holiday parties and preparations occupy your evenings and weekends, leaving you with little time to write, and the new year beckons with promises of a fresh start. In their own words, here are five of our favorite authors on the secrets of their success.