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Through Music, Israelis and Palestinians Fight for Equality

Through Music, Israelis and Palestinians Fight for Equality

"Peace is not going to rain on us. Peace is something we have to make. We have to build it. It's going to take sacrifice."

# Read # The District
15 min read

Why Is A Writing Sample So Important?! Duh, ‘Cuz You’re a Writer

Why Is A Writing Sample So Important?! Duh, ‘Cuz You’re a Writer

The writing had to stand on its own. Nobody gave a crap if I was cool.

# Read # The Business of Art
3 min read

Everything I Know About Writing a Nonfiction Book Proposal

Everything I Know About Writing a Nonfiction Book Proposal

I thought I should get to work on the whole manuscript and maybe a query, too. Oh, my giddy cousins, was I wrong.

# Read # The Business of Art
4 min read

The Right Name

The Right Name

They’re the reasons Luke and Darth felt right ... So where do you find these potentially script-worthy names?

# Read # Style & Substance
6 min read

S.S. Rajamouli and the Epic Power of Fun

S.S. Rajamouli and the Epic Power of Fun

When was the last time you had fun—real fun—at the movies? Beginning-to-end, clapping at the screen, whooping along with the audience, goosebump-raising FUN.

# Read # Style & Substance
4 min read

Creating Micro-Content for the Win

Creating Micro-Content for the Win

Friends and people who believe in you are worth 10x more than funding—and they'll make the journey a lot more fun.

# Read # Independent # Breaking In
4 min read

Disability In Hollywood: How Advocates are Changing the Landscape

Disability In Hollywood: How Advocates are Changing the Landscape

"I think this is an opportunity for people with disabilities and allies to demand better."

# Read # Interview # The District
14 min read

Big-Picture Ways to Think About Marketing Fiction: Analyzing One's Own Reading/Book Buying Habits

Big-Picture Ways to Think About Marketing Fiction: Analyzing One's Own Reading/Book Buying Habits

What I discovered was eye-opening at the curiosity level, but also valuable for my thinking and planning as a publisher, and for you as a writer or author.

# Read # The Business of Art
9 min read

When Endings Go Bad

When Endings Go Bad

Sticking the landing of a script is tricky. It can’t be too predictable, yet it needs to feel wholly appropriate, justifiable, and even inevitable in its way.

# Read # Style & Substance
5 min read

Why We're Doing Our Movie as a Play and Other Lessons in Rejecting Rejection

Why We're Doing Our Movie as a Play and Other Lessons in Rejecting Rejection

As the rejections racked up, we felt frustrated: How is no one seeing what we’re seeing? This is the right comedy for the right time ...

# Read # Breaking In # Crossover
5 min read

Righteous Violence

Righteous Violence

It's often hard to know who the "good guy" and the "bad guy" is, especially when both sides of a conflict are truly convinced of their own righteousness.

# Read # The District
4 min read

Big-Picture Ways to Think About Marketing Fiction: Unexpected Places Your Readers Spend Money

Big-Picture Ways to Think About Marketing Fiction: Unexpected Places Your Readers Spend Money

... in swapping stories with fellow small publishers and indie authors, I eventually happened upon the secret of the apple orchard.

# Read # The Business of Art
5 min read

I Kind of Don't Hate Revising Anymore

I Kind of Don't Hate Revising Anymore

After three decades of dreading revision, writer and editor Erica Davis reveals how she came to kind of not hate revision since receiving her ADHD-Inattentive diagnosis.

# Read # The Creative Mind
1 min read

Dear Diary: A Return to Journaling

Dear Diary: A Return to Journaling

It was an act of opening my heart in rebellion against total social isolation. It began as a personal exercise, an uncensored lovefest only I would see.

# Read # The Creative Mind
5 min read

#AuthorsLife: The Unbearable Weight of Marketing on Social Media

#AuthorsLife: The Unbearable Weight of Marketing on Social Media

I had to pause and think critically about how I’d gotten here, and where I wanted to go moving forward.

# Read # The Creative Mind
5 min read
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