The Agent/Author Relationship: The Push Me – Pull You of Publishing by Stacey Graham

5writers.com is delighted to have Stacey Graham with us this month. Stacey Graham is the author of four books and a rag-tag collection of short stories. She is currently scaring the pants off of readers with her book HAUNTED STUFF: DEMONIC DOLLS, SCREAMING SKULLS, AND OTHER CREEPY COLLECTIBLES. She intends on returning the pants at […]

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Hello, Self…

By Darlene Cah We maintain many relationships in our lives as writers. Professionally, we may interact with editors, publishers, book sellers, beta readers, writer colleagues, managers, publicity people, fans (Hey, I’m thinking big, here!). Personally, we have spouses or significant others, friends, parents, siblings, extended family members, non-writing professional acquaintances, such as doctors, accountants, among […]

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Sharing is Caring: Relationships Essential To Writing

by Ron Hayes Earlier this month, Brad showed us some great ways of injecting our established personal relationships into what we’re writing. And while Jenny gave us all great advice on how to establish and maximize relationships when the writing’s done, I’d like to change gears a little and talk about how the relationships you […]

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Working with Relationships in Fiction by Brad Windhauser

Working with Relationships in Fiction by Brad Windhauser One of the things I admire about non-fiction writers—let’s say David Sedaris—is how openly they write about their  lives; specifically, their close relationships. In the case of Sedaris, outside of the death of his mother, it appears that nothing is off limits, and his books have contained […]

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All You Need Is Decency: Networking and Butt Sniffing For Beginners

By Jennie Jarvis As the Faculty Chairperson for the Florida Writers Conference, and as an attendee at countless other writing conferences and film festivals, I’ve come to learn how terribly awkward people are at networking. Since this month at 5writers.com, we decided to talk about relationships and writing, I thought this would be a great […]

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How to prove to your Parents and to the IRS that Writing is NOT your HOBBY by Barbara Ebert

This month 5writers.com is thrilled to welcome first-time blogger Barbara Ebert, a CPA with Martin, Dolan & Holton in Richmond, VA. This tap-dancing, theatre-going, memoir writing accountant is the coolest CPA you’ll ever run across.  Plus she knows her stuff.  During her many decades as an CPA, she has researched and written returns for plenty of hobby loss/business folks and deals with […]

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It’s my business

I spent more than a decade as a freelance advertising copywriter before I became a playwright. So when I shifted genres – taking a huge paycut in the process! – I already knew the one thing that can make or break your writing career. Mindset. You can take yourself seriously. Or not. You can see […]

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Don’t Be Shy! Strut Your Stuff!

by Darlene Cah I’ve met writers who are true introverts, and at the other end of the spectrum, those who know how to work an audience like a seasoned comic. I suspect most of us fall somewhere in the middle. We can handle ourselves respectably in social situations. We may even enjoy putting ourselves and […]

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The Business of Writing: Editing to Suit Market Demands by Brad Windhauser

The Business of Writing: Editing to Suit Market Demands by Brad Windhauser When I watch a movie or read a book and then encounter a forced happy ending, I get annoyed. There’s nothing wrong with a happy ending; however, when it doesn’t suit what the plot and characters have set in motion, it feels forced. […]

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Don’t be a Punk!: The Secret to Marketing Your Work

By Jennie Jarvis People who have never worked within the film industry are often surprised when I tell them about the ins and outs of how a screenplay gets turned into a movie. Well, maybe “surprised” isn’t the right word. “Shocked” or “flabbergasted” might be more appropriate – especially when I’m talking to writers. In […]

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