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Margery Walshaw: A Literary Manager Talks About Publishing and the Road Ahead

Loren Kleinman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Initially, I wanted to help first time screenwriters get a foothold in Hollywood. I came to also represent novelists as many of my screenwriting clients dabbled in both genres. My earliest success stories came with setting up the film and television adaptation rights of my clients' novels.

Inside the Bizarro World of Christoph Paul

Loren Kleinman | Posted 03.28.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Christoph Paul is the author of five books of prose and poetry that cross multiple genres, including humor, poetry, satire, bizarro, horror and non-fiction.

How to Be Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas

Johnny Nevin | Posted 03.11.2014 | Detroit
Johnny Nevin

When you take a good look at Jessica Hernandez and The Deltas you can see a lot more than just that, because what you're really seeing is an exorbitant take on where music can come from.

Writers Discuss Gay Fiction Relating to Reality 

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 03.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Gregory G. Allen

With so much movement happening in the LGBT community that plays out across our news constantly, I wanted to talk with a few fiction writers about the impact it has on them.

Not Reading Indie Books Yet? You're Missing Out

Rachel Thompson | Posted 03.25.2014 | Books
Rachel Thompson

As an indie author since 2010 (and author consultant since 2011), I've watched indies break down stigma barriers ('vanity publishing' is a term rarely...

The Award-Winning LGBT Book Missing Becomes the Indie Movie He Is Gone

Kergan Edwards-Stout | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Kergan Edwards-Stout

I had the pleasure of speaking with Gregory G. Allen and director/producer Lois Munoz Merka to learn more about their project and its journey from page to screen.

You Can Stick Your Stigma

Neal Wooten | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Neal Wooten

In case you're an Indie author reading this looking for the silver lining, let me say now that it does not exist, not yet anyway.

Weekly Concert Guide: Grouplove, Cold War Kids, King Krule and Body Language

Art Tavana | Posted 11.16.2013 | Los Angeles
Art Tavana

Nothing is quite like seeing a great gig. Something happens; a collective tingling of "Spidey-Senses" towards a moment in time that we, the select group of fans, experience together through live music that will never happen again (at least not in that exact form).

Paris Nights, Soul Fighting and Foot Excitement: Conversations with Christopher Cross, Jonny Lang and Tommy Keene

Mike Ragogna | Posted 11.13.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"People say that the internet democratized music, which it did in that it allows people to make records without getting the hallowed record deal, because you have all these home studios and stuff. The problem is marketing yourself."

Natalie Cressman Fuses Jazz, Indie, and Jam Band Music with Sophomore Release Turn the Sea

Molly Fosco | Posted 09.25.2013 | San Francisco
Molly Fosco

If you haven't heard of Natalie Cressman, you definitely will soon. A Bay Area native, born to two musician parents -- Jeff and Sandy Cressman, Natalie grew up with music in her DNA.

Age Is a Trophy, So Why Do We Lie?

Brett Gleason | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Brett Gleason

I'm 29. No, seriously. And in September I'll be 30. This is supposed to be a "double death" for me as both a musician and a gay man, but unlike so many who turn 29 over and over again (or worse, 18), I plan to lean into this.

Hulu Adds HIV Doc, Positive Youth, to Their Roster

Austin Head | Posted 09.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Austin Head

It will be 10 years this August that I became HIV+... I was 19 years old. At the time, because of instilled prejudice, stigma and lack of information, I knew in my heart that I would become a social leper and would be dead before I reached my mid-20s.

The Warhols Dandily Redeemed

Brian Holton Henderson | Posted 08.20.2013 | San Francisco
Brian Holton Henderson

Until this weekend, when I saw the Dandy Warhols play at the Fillmore, I had a really hard time liking them.

7 Ways To Have An Indie Wedding Ceremony

ny.racked.com | Posted 06.12.2013 | Weddings

Welcome to the age of Pinterest-fueled weddings, where there's more inspiration for upcycling a mason jar than there are hours in a day. No modern bri...

Casting an Indie in Hollywood: Overweight Is Beautiful, But It's Not Easy to Convince Everyone That's True

Carlo de Rosa | Posted 08.05.2013 | Entertainment
Carlo de Rosa

One of my most interesting moments during the making of the romantic comedy Finding Joy was casting the character of Marshall, the overweight big brother in a marital crisis.

Logo Online and the Web Series Renaissance

Kit Williamson | Posted 07.09.2013 | Gay Voices
Kit Williamson

The quality of web shows has improved dramatically in the last few years, and with internet institutions embracing the art form, the bar has been raised even higher. We are experiencing a veritable web series renaissance right now.

Can Manhattan Get Its Groove Back?

Gregg S. Lipman | Posted 07.10.2013 | New York
Gregg S. Lipman

Brooklyn shouldn't get too comfy with its current cool status; it's just a matter of time before the borough suffers a backlash as well, and the cool hunters go in search of the next big thing.

Courtney Love Announces Tour

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 05.15.2013 | Entertainment

Noise-rock goddess and eternal provocateur Courtney Love is hitting the road -- which is great news for anyone living in the Northeast and disparaging...

Can Simple Machine Become the Airbnb of Indie Film?

Turnstyle | Posted 06.30.2013 | Entertainment
Turnstyle

By Noah J. Nelson (@noahjnelson) While it can be daunting for some, I find myself loving the seemingly exponential emergence of new film distribution...

Crowdsourcing: In Search of Funding for the Arts and Business

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 06.29.2013 | Impact
Gregory G. Allen

Some indie filmmakers have been upset with Zach Braff as they feel he is taking part of "their" pie. But that is not really how it works.

Independent Label Market and the Rise of Indie

Maggie Hollander | Posted 06.27.2013 | Arts
Maggie Hollander

"It's like when you buy some nice apple juice at a farmer's market from the man who made that juice and can tell you everything about the fruit, the orchard and why he used those apples." That's how Joe Daniel, the creator of the Independent Label Market, describes independent music labels.

Danny Trejo Will Kill You in a Movie if You Donate to This Kickstarter Campaign (WATCH)

Shira Lazar | Posted 05.27.2013 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

Machete himself, legendary actor Danny Trejo, stops by the What's Trending studio to chat about raising money for his Snap Shot film on, the three Bs of fantastic filmmaking, and the future of his Machete films.

Public Enemy's Chuck D: Digital Distribution Is the Future

Shira Lazar | Posted 05.16.2013 | Technology
Shira Lazar

Public Enemy hip hop sensation Chuck D stops by the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus at SXSW 2013 to talk about being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, his Evil vs Heroes instrumental album, and the new digital label for independent artists, SpitDigital.

The Great Game of Music Discovery

Marc Ruxin | Posted 05.05.2013 | Media
Marc Ruxin

Perhaps "perfect" music discovery is an unsolvable dream. In a world of virtually infinite choice, how do you find what you don't yet know exists? This post-modern self-reflection lies at the heart of the lifelong pursuit of cultural satisfaction.

Mumford & Sons, God And The New Sincerity

Jonathan D. Fitzgerald | Posted 05.16.2013 | Religion
Jonathan D. Fitzgerald

Say what you will, but after the spectacle died down and the top honor of the night went to Mumford & Sons' album Babel, at least one thing is clear: We are in the midst of the New Sincerity. Being really into something is cool now, even if that something is, well, God.