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Four Easy Things You Can Do If You Don’t Want to Market Your Book

by Penny Sansevieri

If you hate the idea of marketing or don’t know where to begin, you’re not alone. I get it. Believe me. Marketing isn’t easy, especially if you still have a full-time job and want to focus on your next book. The challenge is that if you don’t market, no one will know about your book. Continue reading

TV OR NOT TV?

by Ellen Byron

Before I was a television writer-producer (and an author), I was a playwright. I can tell you the exact moment I decided to transition from writing for the theater to the more lucrative field of writing for TV. I had four published one-acts and a new full-length play that was a finalist at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, a contest so highly regarded that you can actually brag about losing. With the O’Neill non-credit in my pocket, that particular play, “Old Sins, Long Shadows,” garnered attention from several prestigious off-Broadway theater companies. There’d be a reading with wonderful actors–and then notes. Another reading–and more notes. Then one night after a reading at the now-defunct Circle Rep Theater, as I was getting yet more notes from the development director, this thought flitted through my brain: if I’m going to be getting all these notes, someone should pay me to take them. Continue reading

Percentages, Thoughts, and Single and Double Quotation Marks

by Bobbie Christmas

Q: In this sentence (for a nonfiction book), which version would be correct? (Or should it be something else?)

  1. Most lenders expect your mortgage payments not to exceed 28% of your income, and that your entire debt obligations should not exceed 36%.
  2. Most lenders expect your mortgage payments not to exceed 28 percent of your income, and that your entire debt obligations should not exceed 36 percent.
  3. Most lenders expect your mortgage payments not to exceed twenty-eight percent of your income, and that your entire debt obligations should not exceed thirty-six percent.

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Bobbie’s Bill of Writes #9 and #10 in a series

by Bobbie Christmas

I devoted an entire chapter to my Bill of Writes for writers in my seven-award-winning book on creative writing titled Write In Style: How to Use Your Computer to Improve Your Writing. Special to SPAWN, I have agreed to list and explain each item. Below you’ll find numbers nine and ten in my Bill of Writes. For all twenty-one items, refer to Write In Style, published by BookLogix and available on Amazon. Continue reading

Bits and Pieces for January 2018

By Sandra Murphy, Editor, SPAWNews – editor@spawn.org

Whine Less, Write More: The No-Excuses Guide to Getting Your Butt in the Chair, Your Head Out of the Clouds & Your Words onto Paper Kindle Edition
by Linda Formichelli (Author),‎ Diana Burrell (Author) from the Renegade Writer Press

If you want to write but feel you’re too old, too young, too tired, too busy, too uneducated, too broke, or too boring, listen up: It’s time to stop whining and start writing! Continue reading

Bobbie’s Bill of Writes #7 and #8 in a series

by Bobbie Christmas

I devoted an entire chapter to my Bill of Writes for writers in my seven-award-winning book on creative writing titled Write In Style: How to Use Your Computer to Improve Your Writing. Special to SPAWN, I have agreed to list and explain each item. Below you’ll find numbers seven and eight in my Bill of Writes. For all twenty-one items, refer to Write In Style, published by BookLogix and available on Amazon. Continue reading