Do you want to write to make money? Is writing your hobby? Or are you interested in publishing one book, perhaps a memoir to give to family members? If you’ve decided self-publishing is your best option, regardless of your long-term goals, consider these tips from Ryan Lanz.
How to Tell Which Self-Publishing Company is Right For You | A Writer’s Path.
Warren Adler, author of The War of the Roses and other books, continues writing in his 80s. He credits his ability to a daily memory exercise. As I read his essay, it reminded me of Lois Lowry’s The Giver. I suspect it is never too early to make a ritual of remembering.
The Morning Routine That Enables Me to Keep Writing Novels.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is not something I think of as a children’s book, but it clearly involves a refugee. But I could concede the point. And with recent UN reports of at least 60 million refugees in the world today, the topic is well worth a few more books. And not just for children. Do any of these inspire you?
Jon Walter’s top 10 refugee heroes in children’s fiction | Children’s books | The Guardian.
Just last night, a friend mentioned she was looking for the right song lyrics to end a short piece of fan fiction she’s working on. That brought up the question of fair use of copyrighted material. Here are a few tips. (Disclaimer: To be sure, ask a lawyer.)
Patricia Aufderheide talks about copyright and fair use | CMOS Shop Talk.
Rufus Cadigan mentioned checking around for places to have plays produced. Some less obvious venues were clubs and church groups. He also talked about offering to write historical plays for institutions, such as local history museums, but that could also include community’s celebrating significant anniversaries. Then, there are contests. Here’s a source for a few.
Play Submissions Information: 7 Playwriting Contests and Submissions Websites Every Playwright Should Know.
On Saturday, I had a chance to learn some tips from Illinois playwright Rufus Cadigan.The mini workshop reminded me how much I like to write plays. It’s fun to tell a story using only dialogue. If you think you need to work on dialogue, try writing a scene or … more. Here are some playwriting basics.
Playwriting 101: How to Write a Play.
This is a longish read of reflections of and tips from Saul Bellow. There’s always something to learn from a master such as Bellow.
Happy 100th Birthday, Saul Bellow: His Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech on How Literature and Art Ennoble the Human Spirit | Brain Pickings.
Lawrence Block has been traditionally published for many years. But he has also done some indie books. Here are some of his reasons for his choices.
Why author Lawrence Block went indie – BookWorks.
This is an interesting idea, but I’m not sure a writer could make money this way. The tips on timing and breaking up the project make sense, though.
How to Plan Your Blogged Book – Elizabeth Spann Craig.
Yesterday I mentioned that some awards aren’t worth winning, but these are. The Nebulas are among the top honors for science fiction and fantasy. The winners were announced last weekend in Chicago.
Nebula Award Winners Announced – SFWA.