Did Social Media Mistakes Just Cost You Your Dream Job?

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Did you ever wonder, “Why haven’t I been hired?” After applying for countless jobs, you waited…and waited…but no response? Maybe you even landed an interview but didn’t get the job offer. Why? According SHRM Human Resource experts, candidates are often … Continue reading

Sci-fi Writer ANDY WEIR shares Research Tips

The Martian, by Andrew Weir

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Andy Weir’s science fiction thriller, The Martian, tells a pulse-pounding, page-turning story, grounded in scientific research and smart information seamlessly woven into an entertaining tale. Weir tells how he did it and offers some advice.

Andy Weir:  “Thanks to our modern era, facts are incredibly easy to come by. A few web searches for your subject matter and you have all the information you could dream of…

So that makes researching a novel easy, right? No. Not really. As I learned while working on The Martian. The first problem you run into is…”  

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What Does a Literary Agent Want to See When They Google You

July 31, 2013 By Chuck Sambuchino 267 Comments
What does a literary agent want to see when they google you?
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If you attract an agent’s interest and they want to know more, Google is their next step. An agent typically investigates a client before offering them representation, understandably. If you’re pitching nonfiction and touting a writer platform to help sell books, then a Google peek becomes even more important.

But don’t take my word for it. I asked agents themselves how they use Google, and what they’re looking for when they do. Here are their responses: Continue reading

Logline: Why They’re So Darn Important

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You’ve just finished writing your script and a friend puts you in touch with a film producer looking for her next project. During your conversation with the producer she asks you,

“What’s the logline?”

Your insides melt because even though you may know what a logline is, you never bothered to create one after writing the script — and even more importantly before writing it. Has this happened to you? Well, it happened to me in a similar manner when I began as a screenwriter. Continue reading

Insider tips on breaking into Video Game Writing

Are you an aspiring video game writer? Check out this WRITERS GUILD podcast episode “Words Into Pixels: Video Game Writing” recorded at the WGF event in Los Angeles.

Moderated by: Neil Druckmann (THE LAST OF US, UNCHARTED 4: A THIEF’S END). Guest panel includes: TJ Fixman (RATCHET & CLANK series), Marianne Krawczyk (GOD OF WAR series) and Tom Bissell (GEARS OF WAR: JUDGMENT). Listen for their insightful and very funny stories on:

  • The challenges and constraints of writing video game scripts.
  • The most annoying parts of the job.
  • What skills are important if you want to write for games.

Listen here: Video Game Writing.  For more WGF writing episodes, visit: WGF Podcasts