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Advice on Self-Publishing

Ah, yes. Self-publishing. Just saying those words is enough to send a tingle of excitement up the spine of many writers, especially if you’ve never published anything before and hope to make it big. We’ve all heard the spiel, right?

“I self-published my book on how to make origami out of spent fuel rods and made millions!” Ivan A. Hump, author of From Rocket Fuel to Rocket Fun!: Blow Your Friends and Their Minds at the Same Time

“In a dream I had last year, Toonces whispered sweet nothings in my ear and said I should publish a driving guide for cats. Well, the rest is history. I not only had it published, but it went on to become a New York State Times bestseller in just 12.1 seconds!” Anole Lady, author of Cats Don’t Have Opposable Thumbs, Dumbass: But They Sure Can Drive Good!

Riiiiiiiiiight.

For those of us with experience in this area, the feeling of self-publishing is part excitement, yes, but mostly dread at the long, winding path ahead that is fraught with ghosts, ghouls and goblins.

The good folks at ScreenCraft (@screencrafting) recently posted a piece titled “Self-Publishing Your Novel: A Guide for Screenwriters.” They also wrote a nifty little piece called “Web Presence and SEO for eBook Publishers (or movie producers)” that’s got some swell advice, too.

Although I myself posted on the subjects of self-publishing and the evolution of a novel, you can never have too much information/knowledge/advice when going down the self-publishing road. Every little bit helps. Truly and for trues.

For anyone out there thinking of publishing that story or book or guide you’ve been sitting on for months/years, all the while collecting rejection letter after rejection letter from agents and publishers, I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have about going it alone. Contact me at harrisrh@gmail.com should you wish to learn more from someone who has fought (bravely, of course, and with real valour) in the trenches of this burgeoning field.

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Not Enough Time in the Day?

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Live. Write. Live. Write. Memorize and repeat ad nauseam until you are nauseous. Do not stop until you suddenly burst into flames or put hotels on Park Place and Boardwalk.

According to my good friend Mr. Pedia (first name Wiki), “The Earth rotates once in about 24 hours with respect to the sun and once every 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds with respect to the stars.” I believe that is a false claim and will thusly take whoever made this great ball of water and other assorted stuff we call the Earth to The People’s (Celestial) Court.

(This is the same court, I’m told, that Donnie T. takes his trifling trifles every night after we’ve all gone to sleep.)

Why do I bring up this interesting information, these fascinating facts full of fun? Because in theory I should be able to get a lot more done in a full rotation of this thing we call home. But I don’t. And I’m not a lollygagger, damn it!

For all of you out there – not just the insecure authors/screenwriters/artists – @screencrafting has a constructive piece on their screencraft.org site. Titled “10 Time Management Tips for Busy Screenwriters,” the writer offers (surprise, surprise) 10 ways to manage your time better. Check it out for yourself  and see if any of these tips apply to you.

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Short Film Project Grants

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Have an idea for a short film? Already have the screenplay written? Then maybe you should head over to @screencrafting (screencraft.org) and get yourself a grant for up to 20K. And that ain’t Monopoly money, yo. It be the real green Donnie T. uses to wipe the sweat off his forehead when he’s about to make another excellent, balanced and well-thought-out decision in the Orange House.

Click here to learn more, filmmakers.

 

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The Top Screenwriting Contests of 2017

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FYI for all you screenwriters out there, click on the following link for a list of this year’s top screenwriting contests. Thanks to @screencrafting for the link!

 

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Short Story Contest

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The good folks over at ScreenCraft are having a short story/flash fiction/novella contest for stories that demonstrate “special cinematic potential.” The contest is open to people of any nationality, and there’s no limit to how many stories you can submit. It’s $29 per entry, with a word count limit of 20,000 words. Winner takes home $1,000 plus a few other goodies. Deadline is December 19, 2016.

For more information and details about rules and eligibility, click here.

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Grants for Short Film Projects

For all my friends in the film business, check this one out:

Every 4 months, at least one filmmaker will win this production grant of up to $20,000 in production funds. We announce the winner(s) 6 weeks after the final deadline.

 We are accepting applications from around the world (in English). Whether you have a simple screenplay or a short film that’s already in production, we want to consider your short screenplay or in-production short film project.

If your aspirations are solely to become a produced screenwriter, you can rely on ScreenCraft and BondIt to package the winning short film screenplay with a talented director and in-house production resources with up to $20,000 in financing. 

Click here to apply online. Deadline is July 31, 2016.

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