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Just Keep Swimming: Jennie’s Secret to Staying Positive In The Wake Of Rejection

By Jennie Jarvis Let’s face it – In the writing industry, we face a lot of rejection. In fact, most people know more about how writers are rejected than any other part of the industry. Throughout my life, each time I have told various teachers, parents, friends and strangers about my career choice of being […]

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Finding (and Using) the Right Blog along the Road to Publication by Bryan Buttler

Bryan Buttler is a contributor to Philadelphia Magazine’s G Philly and Ticket. He also teaches writing at a variety of local colleges. For more information visit bryanbuttler.com, or visit his author page for Philadelphia Magazine: http://www.phillymag.com/author/bbuttler/ Finding (and Using) the Right Blog along the Road to Publication by Bryan Buttler Back in 2006, I was […]

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Performance as Publication: The Art of the Ten Minute Play by Allen Gorney

5writers.com is proud to welcome back Allen Gorney. Allen Gorney is an author, screenwriter, actor, and script consultant living in the central Florida region. He has written several novels, screenplays, short stories, stage plays, and essays. As a screenwriter, he has earned recognition and critical praise from festivals and contests around the country. He has […]

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A Short Guide to Guidelines

By Darlene Cah You finished your story. That in itself warrants a celebration, so take a minute to congratulate yourself, because the nitty-gritty work is about to begin. You workshop it. Revise it. Workshop it. Revise. Breathe. Revise. Pull your hair out. Revise. Eat bags of Hershey’s Kisses. Revise. Finally, your story is ready to […]

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Special Edition: There’s More To Life Than Self-Pub vs. Traditional

By Jennie Jarvis Let me guess: If you are reading this blog, then you want to be a published author, right? You’ve written your manuscript (or most of it), and you are already dreaming of seeing your book’s title on an Amazon Bestseller list (or better yet, a New York Times Bestseller List). You know […]

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The Path to Publication by Brad Windhauser

The Path to Publication by Brad Windhauser Like most schools, Calvert Street Elementary had a Spring fundraiser, which asked students to sell chocolate candy bars for a dollar apiece. The catch: you compelled people to commit to buy, collected money, submitted the cash to the school, and then you delivered the candy the next day. […]

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When Is A Screenplay “Published”?

By Jennie Jarvis Working in Academia the past six years has been quite a change from the hectic life of working on set. While life in the film industry began at 4am and often didn’t end until 11pm, being a professor is a much less sleep-deprived occupation. Life is a lot slower (read: both more […]

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Does Spending Dollars on Contests Make Sense?

by Darlene Cah I learned (or perhaps, just came to accept) later in life that I’m competitive. Yeah, I like to compete, like to do my best, like to win. When I was in high school I entered art contests. As an adult, I showed my horse. So when I turned my efforts to writing […]

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Submit to Contests–Or How Submitting to Literary Contests Is Better than Playing the Lottery by Brad Windhauser

Submit to Contests–Or How Submitting to Literary Contests Is Better than Playing the Lottery by Brad Windhauser Playing the lottery is a complete waste of time. The odds are so clearly stacked against you that you might as well hand your money to a homeless person—at least then it can do some good. However, if […]

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Contest Caveats: Tips to Keep You From Tilting at Windmills

As February marches inexorably toward the lions and lambs of March, we approach that time of year in which our honest and earnest Año Nuevo resolutions hit a wall and one of two things happens: we abandon our best intentions or, less often, we somehow find the strength to buckle down and redouble our efforts […]

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