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Publishing News Roundup Series: Writers Guild to Sue Talent Agencies

by Maureen Crisp •  May 8, 2019  •   Follow

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A talent agency offers you a deal to get your work published.

What should you look for in a deal? What should you look out for? And most importantly, when should you just say no to a deal?

 

Creativity

Pic: Flickr Creative Commons – Tristan Schmurr

Around the writing blogosphere this week the talk was all about the Writers Guild suing the big talent agencies over shonky deals with writers. I have been hearing over the years the grumblings from the screenwriters over Agencies practice of packaging which has torpedoed careers and projects. It’s an insidious form of creative accounting. NPR explains what is happening and why. 


Wattpad has been moving from being an online publisher of fan content to being a TV and movie studio… to being a ‘proper’ publisher. They have a new imprint for the country from which their biggest supporters come from. It’s not who you think… 


Amy Shojai has an interesting post on the Alliance of Independent Authors blog on audiobooks. This format has been increasing in leaps and bounds over the last year with some new players on the block shaking things up. Also well worth trawling through is the Alli conference website with all the fabulous goodies from their recent 24-hour online conference.  


We are heading in Easter weekend and writers everywhere will be wondering how much writing they will get done over the weekend. Here are three really interesting posts on the creative life.
Creativity and discipline- 3 ways to cultivate it by Nathan Wade, guest posting on The Creative Penn


Creative life boundaries by Scott Myers from Go Into The Story


The critical voice- Kristine Kathryn Rusch- Excellent blog post!


E J Runyon has a guest post on Anne R Allen’s blog on writing what you know as a starting point for writing. She discusses using sense memory as a creative kick start. Great Post! 

In The Craft Section,

Story structure explained– September Fawkes- Bookmark


The understory– Stephen Pressfield- Bookmark


Struggling with flashbacks?– Sara Letourneau- Bookmark


Are writing prompts helpful- Savannah Cordova- Bookmark


Ctl Alt Del 3 act structure– Go Into The Story

In The Marketing Section,

How to promote with your posse– Pauline Wiles


Focused goals help sell books- Penny Sansevieri


How to use your book cover to sell more books– A D Starrling- Bookmark


Metadata and Book distribution resource checklist– Alli Blog- Bookmark


Creative resources for making the most of Instagram – Frances Caballo- Bookmark

To Finish,

Collaboration is a beautiful thing. The most fun I’ve had is when I’ve been involved in a team planning a project. There’s something about creative energy in a team that magnifies your ideas and kick starts your own creativity. I’m lucky to belong to the Fabo team of writers who started quite a few years ago writing story prompts for children in the winter terms of our school year. We kick off again at the beginning of the next school term. However, read this little gem of a story which takes the collaboration model of writing and kicks it up a notch.


Maureen
@craicer

 

About Maureen Crisp

Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.