Reviews of Writing BooksThe Internet Writing Journal, April 2001
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Creative Wisdom for Writers by Roland FishmanAllen & Unwin, April 2001.
Paperback, 255 pages.
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Whether you are writing a corporate newsletter or working on your novel, sometimes the words just don't flow as easily as they should. And sometimes it feels too much like a job. Here is a little book that can help you get your creative thoughts flowing again. The book provides pithy advice and quotes for writers from famous artists, authors and persons. For example, Robert McKee said, "For writers who can tell a quality story it is a seller's market. Always has been, always will." Ernest Hemmingway said, "We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master." And Elmore Leonard said, "The difference between me and a master is I cut out the boring bits." Creative Wisdom for Writers is a fun book to flip through that can also help you start writing again when the inspiration is not there. It would also make a great gift for fellow writers.
The Creative Writer's Companion by Stan CorwinSt. Martin's Press, March 2001.
Trade Paperback, 172 pages.
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This book begins with a foreword from Syd Field, a well-known screenwriting teacher, who tells us we are at the beginning of a revolution where a writer's creation is marketed in several different arenas, such as books, movies, video games, greeting cards and even toys. The book then expands on the concept introduced by Syd Field by teaching writers how to sel their work to different media outlets, including film, television, books, audiotapes, CDs and other media markets. Some important concepts covered include rights, copyrights, trademarks, licensing, merchandising, ebooks, digital publishing, audio and video and the Internet.
Author Stanley C. Corwin, who has been a publisher and is currently president of media company Stan Corwin Productions, offers suggestions and advice for writers who are out to make the big bucks by selling their work across various mediums. In one section, Corwin even provides query letters that incorporate the idea of cross-media sales. He also discusses ways writers are benefiting from selling their work to different mediums and highlights real-world examples. The use and sale of writer's work over multiple mediums is a crucial subject which writers today must understand and Corwin's book provides a solid base from which writers can then begin to learn more about these concepts by reading the trades, following the news and talking to agents, lawyers and publishers.
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