Herbie J Pilato has some Rockin’ Good News

EDITOR’S NOTE: Who says the publishing biz – you know, the one that uses actual paper – is dead? Certainly not our pal Herbie J Pilato, who recently sent us this feel-good report: by Herbie J Pilato Hello All - I’m excited to report something kind of neat. Taylor Trade Publishing has now decided to release...

Friday News: ambitiously presented author earnings,, suspicious book similarities, UK digital lending trends, and video game Romance novel covers

Author Earnings – The Report – Here’s a link to the much discussed “report” by Hugh Howey that he’s using to assert the supremacy of self-publishing. His data captures two days of sales and then extrapolates annual earnings based on one placement on the charts. Without question, Howey’s data is a good start to a...

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 2/14/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman Sam Catlin (BREAKING BAD) has been announced as showrunner for AMC’s PREACHER, a sort of “unGodly” series based on a comic book by Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon which is being adapted by a couple guys named Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg. (The comic has...

Consumer Protection For E-Books?

Statewide consumer protection legislation that guarantees availability of e-books in public libraries. If that sounds like a good idea, there’s a catch: any such laws would likely run afoul of national copyright regulation. And it all comes down to digital. Charged with ensuring a fair marketplace, the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection this week issued a 21-page...

5 Ways The Comcast-Time Warner Cable Deal Could Ruin TV and The Internet

HuffPo’s gotten all commercial and crass on us in the past few years, so if somebody writing for them (probably without pay but that’s a different story) is coming out against this latest bit of commercial crassness you know what’s up is bad. Pass it on: by Timothy Stenovec You’re probably already thinking that the merger of...

Thursday News: A look at happy couples, a book for a good cause, two authors talk about publishing, and an economist’s adventures in online dating

The Loveumentary: True love exists . . . you just need to listen – Have nine of ten days you want to blow? Check out The Loveumentary, an ambitious project by Nate Bagley and Melissa Joy Kong to find successful and happy real life relationships (including polyamorous relationships) to better understand what made love work...

munchman: Race and the Media

A kindly WGAW member we know has leaked this excellent – and dismaying – article from the “If You’re a Member” section of the WGAW’s website: NPR TV critic Eric Deggans addresses the dilemma of people of color in television. Bigger numbers aren’t enough if the portrayals are stereotypes, he says.  The Cosby Show, which...

Did You Know There are Oscars for College Film Students?

by Team TVWriter™ Press Service We didn’t either. (Oh, wait. Maybe we did. Seems to me we’ve written this opening before. Well, it isn’t something that sticks in our minds, probably cuz nobody here at TVWriter™ is eligible. Shazbot!) Anyway, here’s the whole story for 2014: Channing Tatum, The Academy, and Oscars Producers Craig Zadan...

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 2/12/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman John Scalzi‘s Hugo award winning s-f novel, Redshirts, is being developed into a mini-series on FX. The book is as in, hip, and trendy as you can get, show what happens to an ensign on a 25th Century starship when he realizes that somebody always...

Polish your prose and enter a writing contest

Sending your writing out into the world is a good way to get recognition for all your hard work. My blogging partner Carol Despeaux should know. She was notified in December that she’d won 7th place in the Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards. Congratulations Carol! She’ll be receiving $50, recognition in Writer’s Digest magazine and promotion...

Wednesday News: Apple and the good old days, UK bestsellers of 2013, publishers pick up the pace, and LEGO literary recreations

How Apple Went from Underdog to Cult in Six Design and Innovation Strategies from the Early Days – Pieces like this make me sad for what Apple used to represent to me — anti-establishment innovation. Now, in the wake of agency pricing and artificially depressed engineering salaries, I’m balking at the idea of buying another...

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 2/10/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman Nahnatchka Khan (DON’T TRUST THE BITCH) has written FRESH OFF THE BOAT, an ABC pilot based on Eddie Huang‘s memoir about a Chinese family that comes to the U.S. and settles in suburban Orlando.  (Don’t want to say that the network is into stereotyping, but...

WGA East Foundation Announces Screenwriting Fellowship Winner

by Team TVWriter™ Press Service Hennah Sekandary of New York University has been selected to receive the Writers Guild Initiative’s (WGI) 2014 Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting. The fellowship, which is funded by the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation, is awarded to a student who plans to pursue a career in screenwriting upon...

Tuesday News: digital domestic violence, B&N fires hardware engineers, Canada nixes agency pricing, and Open Road buys E-Reads

Digital Harassment Is the New Means of Domestic Abuse – February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and a growing concern among those who work with victims of domestic violence that “technology is increasingly replacing fists as the weapon of choice in abusive relationships.” The National Domestic Violence Hotline has witnessed an increase in calls...

Monday News: Sony’s future, focus groups and creativity, copyright v. revenge porn, and a provocative South African ad

Sony to axe 5,000 jobs and sell Vaio unit – One more story on Sony, this one on the company’s plans to stop manufacturing its VAIO PC and to cut its “global workforce” by 5,000 jobs over the next year. With anticipated losses of more than $1 billion for the year, despite robust sales of...

Ready for the Sexy New Peter PAN?

That’s PAN as in the upcoming movie of that name. (Can you spell O-Y V-A-Y, boys and girls?) Oh, wait. They aren’t casting a sexy Peter. It’s Hook who’s going to win the audience wars for this one. Not sure how we feel about that: Um, nope, this ain’t a-goin’ to be yer momma’s Peter...

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 2/7/14

Latest News About Writers Who Are Doing Better Than We Are by munchman Danny Zuker (MODERN FAMILY) has a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. (Cuz MODERN FAMILY is minting money for them and everybody on the staff is worth his weight in gold. Well, more than gold actually. Probably even more than, you know,...

Disney/ABC Writing Program Announces 2014 Participants

Disney on ice? But the studio’s just chosen some hot writers. (Ouch, sorry.) by Team TVWriter™ Press Service Disney/ABC Television Group has chosen eight scribes for its 2014 Writing Program. Chosen from a field of nearly 2,000 applications, this year’s participants are comedy writers Lucas Brown Eyes (Pine Ridge Agency, SD), Lewaa Nasserdeen (Alberta, Canada)...

Appetite for Books

Readers remain hungry for cookbooks. Featuring everything from grilled meats to roasted vegetables, the print and digital servings from publishers large and small feed a healthy appetite among home cooks and librarians. “Cookbook sales remain red-hot,” notes Andrew Albanese, senior writer at Publishers Weekly. “Interesting – isn’t it? – that in this wired age, you can find...

Friday News: A Tale of Sony and Kobo

Sony abandons North American eBook stores – You have have heard by now (perhaps by email, if you are a Sony Reader Store customer), that Sony is closing down its US and Canadian Reader Stores. However, in other parts of the world, Sony is still in operation, with no immediate plans to shut down. It...