As an agnostic, I too was in on the charade for the sake of my friend’s comfort.

This story hit in January of 2015: Boy Says He Didn’t Go To Heaven; Publisher Says It Will Pull Book.

My friend died in April of that year, for perspective’s sake.

When I read January’s news, my first thought was the millions of dollars earned by the family for the child’s story was likely incentive, compounded by the big dollars earned from the subsequent television movie.

I read the book, so to be clear I am not opining from any sort of moral…


Meltzer will appear on the platform’s “Writing For Your Life” club with moderator Joel Eisenberg, discussing how to sell books and television shows.

Clubhouse, the audio-only social media platform that has become all the rage in the pandemic era, will host a notable first-time guest on March 4 from 3–4 Pacific: Perennial New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer. Writer-producer Joel Eisenberg will moderate the forum, which will be part interview and part interactive Q&A with the program’s listeners. Meltzer’s session will focus on fellow writers successfully garnering the attention of influencers and buyers.


While it is a common and socially accepted practice to help your pet cross “the rainbow bridge,” a human in extreme pain wishing for the equivalent confronts opposition fraught with political and moral argument.

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I had expected this piece, originally published on News Break, to receive its fair share of controversy. I was right.

Some understood the point I was attempting to make and loved the article; others were offended I was comparing pets to humans. Regardless, to my mind there is considerably more complexity to the issue — and the article — than that simple takeaway.

You decide …

If you do not own a pet, or have never owned a pet, the meaning and the heart of this article may elude you. “A pet is not the same as a human,” you…


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Introduction

On first glance, some may argue with me about the title of this piece. “Of course they matter,” some may say. “My life has been ruined by my abuser. I’m a prisoner to anything they want from me.”

I will tell you in a moment what I mean by giving someone power. I will also give you a bit of personal perspective.

An ex-girlfriend was abused by her parents. Both of them. …


Though still in beta mode, it is no accident the app has been such a smash with early adapters.

In late-December of 2020, I received an invitation from a friend to join what she called the “hottest new social media app that may one day overtake Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.”

I thought to myself, ‘Do I really need another social media app in my life?’ I’m a writer. As it is, I spend entirely too much time on my existing platforms to get motivated and try another.

I joined. I’ve been addicted ever since.


Not everything was meant to be public knowledge …

Chain stores can be sneaky, but when secrets among employees of top U.S. brands leak, leading to intriguing glimpses behind the scenes and the occasional public scandal that threatens their names, consumers are often kept in the dark as to the original issues.

We will attempt to source those secrets here.

Five Secrets of Starbucks The Chain Would Prefer You Do Not Realize, Or Do Not Remember

1. Starbucks profited from deforestation efforts that led to the deaths of an estimated 50,000-plus orangatans, and uncaccounted other species. Starbucks had long maintained a reputation for sustainability in product and practice, meaning…


A comprehensive, book-length collection of articles on the craft and business of writing and pop-culture …

I believe anyone who creates, as opposed to destroys, is a hero.

Thanks to Joseph Campbell for the inspiration behind those words.


Or, where is Mr. Miyagi when we need him?

Noriyuki “Pat” Morita in “The Karate Kid” (1984)

Last week’s newsletter was not what one would call “light and airy.” See here. I was raw, having written the newsletter while still in shock over last week’s insurrection.

This coming week holds the potential to be equally volatile, considering the inauguration of a new president, a thought which led me to my question, above: Where is Mr. Miyagi when we need him?

The idea is we need, as a people, someone with great wisdom to help guide us from the anger presently gripping the U.S.

Perhaps Yoda would work equally well. …


Why limit yourself? That’s the answer.

In a prior article, “How to Sell a Script During COVID-19,” I suggested the following talking point is, in reality, a myth: “Companies are only looking for projects that take place in the pandemic era.”

This is emphatically false. Quoting from the article: In my experience, having had conversations with executives and writer friends about exactly this, the projects being purchased on a larger scale take place largely in a modern time period where COVID-19 is not mentioned and no pandemic appears to exist, or they take place in an identifiable post-COVID world. Not quite science fiction, but entertaining fare…


An effective, top-level producer treats his title as a business. This producer will oversee all aspects of a production, from development to post-production. The better they do, the better the end result will be and the more work they will be offered.

I sent a script to one such producer, something I believed could spin off into various iterations. Indeed, we set up the project, based on my novel series with Steve Hillard, with Ovation Network. See the full story here.

The value of attaching Gilbert Adler, lead producer of several top studio films and television series including “Valkyrie” with…

Joel Eisenberg

Joel Eisenberg is an award-winning author, screenwriter, and producer. The Oscar in the profile pic isn’t his but he’s scheming. WGA and Pen America member.

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