On The Business of Writing
Agents and Markets, as Reproduced in Full From Issue #6 of Writing For Your Life
Joel Eisenberg here. It has been an interesting week. Trying (unsuccessfully) to stay away from the news as much as I can, nonetheless I’ve been working behind-the-scenes to bring you tools that can aid your writing career.
I hope this helps …
On the Business of Writing
If you need a list of agents for film, television, or books, or of comprehensive markets presently open to submissions, click below for WGA Agent List, Literary Agent List, and Current Paying Writing Markets.
WGA Agent List, Literary Agent List, and Current Paying Writing Markets
In the midst of a pandemic, opportunities certainly remain. As always, “Writing For Your Life” offers the most…
For those film or television writers who are curious about the controversial practice of agency packaging, whereby a studio or network pays for an agent to bundle key talent for a substantial price, see Feature Film Packaging: Myth vs. Reality.
Feature Film Packaging: Myth and Reality
Why controversy over this largely misunderstood aspect of filmmaking has upended the industry.
Are you expecting an offer for a book or a screenplay, and are unsure as to the difference between an option agreement, purchase agreement, or shopping agreement? Check out Film Options vs. Shopping Agreements.
Film Options vs. Shopping Agreements
If you are in the game at all, you likely have discussed both option agreements and shopping agreements at some point…
“Star Wars” (1977), “The Fast and the Furious,” and “The Avengers” are three films that have had eventful production paths. Read about them here, in Case Studies From Development to Release.
Case Studies From Development to Release
The road to a completed film is often fraught with its share of drama.
Like the editors of “Writing For Your Life,” many readers here also write for Medium. Check out Why My Writing Publication Will Not Tell You How to Earn a Million Bucks Writing For Medium.
Why My Writing Publication Will NOT Tell You How to Earn a Million Bucks Writing For Medium
Because it will not happen. Though the money you make can indeed replace your employment income, the work it will take…
Finally, see Lj Ryan’s piece here about the importance of book covers:
On Writing and Social Controversies
One of the elements that breaks “Writing For Your Life” from the plethora of writing publications both on and off Medium is its social conscience. We encourage debate on these pages, and we will always print differing opinions.
See below for R.I.P. Harry Potter? This article takes an extensive look at recent controversies surrounding author J.K. Rowling, and its possible impact on her “Harry Potter” series.
R.I.P. Harry Potter?
He was once the boy who lived. Have recent controversies surrounding his creator killed the franchise?
Also, Tessa Schlesinger has shared a terrific piece whose message is in its title: How Capitalism and Writing Courses Have Destroyed Satisfying Escapist Fiction.
No matter if I agree; Tessa nonetheless makes some salient points …
On the Motivating and Healing Power of Art
Among the most motivating encounters of my writer’s journey happened in 1994 when I ran into Tom Cruise and Jim Carrey in the men’s room of the “Interview With the Vampire” world premiere. See here for A Strange But True Tale of Cruise, Carrey, and a Broke Aspiring Writer.
A Strange But True Tale of Cruise, Carrey, and a Broke Aspiring Writer
So I attended the “Interview with the Vampire” 1994 world premiere and ran into a pair of Hollywood bosses in the men’s…
Speaking of one of those “Interview With the Vampire” stars, Denise Miotke has shared a valuable piece that I believe every writer should read: Stay in Your Own Lane, Brad Pitt.
Stay In Your Own Lane, Brad Pit
Why you need to get a grip on your own self-worth, and stop comparing yourself to others.
To conclude this series of articles, I used to teach at-risk children and adults as my main career, before moving full-time into writing. During that period, I ran into a most unusual art teacher. See here for Once Upon a Time I Worked With a Progressive Art Teacher Who Was a Big “Hellraiser” Fan.
I sincerely wish you the best of luck on your writing journey. As ever, “Writing For Your Life” is open to submissions. Send us your best work.
And never stop writing …
Writer-Editor, “Writing For Your Life”
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