Scott King on Going From Screenwriter to Novelist and Writing Cross-Genre

Story PitchAuthor Scott King came on the show to chat writing multi-genre, going from screenwriter to novelists, and more!

BIO:

Scott King was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Ocean City, Maryland. He received his undergraduate degree in film from Towson University, and his M.F.A. in film from American University. Continue reading

Chris Fox Talks Writing Fiction VS Non-Fiction, Anthologies, and Writing Fast

10625027_10152281923757623_523365588994186293_nAuthor Chris Fox joins the guys to discuss Writing Fiction VS Non-Fiction, Anthologies, Writing Fast, and more.

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Chris is known for his fiction books Destroyer and No Such Thing as Werewolves, and such non-fiction as Write to Market, 5,000 Words per Hour, and Six Figure Author.

If you’re interested in learning what he advises for breaking out of an earning plateau, how writing in anthologies with other authors can help your platform and rankings, and more – check out this episode. Continue reading

Justin on the Self Publishing Roundtable Podcast

photoIn case you missed it, I (Justin) was on the Self Publishing Roundtable Podcast! It was super fun talking with them. If you haven’t checked out their show before, you need to. They’ve had some amazing guests in the past, and I’m super honored to be among them.

Check out the episode here.  Continue reading

What Can You Read Until Game of Thrones Season 7?

 imagesWe’re all in the same boat. The best show to ever exist (Game of Thrones, of course) has just finished another season, arguably the best yet, and you’re craving more. You can’t wait for season 7! I’m there with you, but I have the answer: Pick up a book. Not just any book either, but an amazing fantasy book.

Game of Thrones Substitutes:

Thorns and Tangles (the Zane Halloway Series), PT Hylton

zanehalloway-2 (1)Zane and his apprentice Lily Rhodes can eliminate any target…if the price is right. But when a series of seemly unrelated jobs pull Zane and Lily into a conflict between nations, Zane is forced to confront secrets from his past. Secrets that could bring about a war.

Welcome to a morally ambiguous world of magic, mystery, and political intrigue. It’s an epic sword and sorcery tale told in six installments and collected here in one edition for the first time.

The Destroyer, Michael Scott Earle

51k5ZxzB6dLAfter untold centuries of absence, the evil Ancients have returned. Their magic appears unstoppable and their hunger for conquest is insatiable. To protect the country of Nia, Duchess Nadea and Scholar Paug make a desperate journey to find a human legend: A man known to have destroyed these Ancient foes with a powerful army.

But legends can lie.

When Paug and Nadea revive their hero from sleep, his virtue is far from clear.

Is he really their Savior or their Destroyer?

Land of Gods (the Falls of Redemption trilogy), Justin Sloan

Land of GodsNarcel’s enslavers took everything from him: his family, the woman he loves, and his freedom. All he has left is his will to live and a burning hatred for his masters.

Years of living and training with the Mawtu changes Narcel. Once his sworn enemies, he now considers these men friends and brothers-at-arms. He would snuff the life from those who oppose them, and fight and die to protect them.

As battle looms on the horizon, the Mawtu army faces their toughest challenge yet. Will Narcel side with his enslavers and lead their army to victory? Will he honor his friendship and allegiance with his new brothers? Or was this all a ruse and will Narcel finally exact his revenge and betray the army that took everything from him?

Some of the More Famous Ones:

The Way of Kings (the Stormlight Archives), Brandon Sanderson

51ZX3mqLFzL._SY346_In The Way of Kings, #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson introduces readers to the fascinating world of Roshar, a world of stone and storms.

It has been centuries since the fall of the Knights Radiant, but their mystical swords and armor remain, transforming ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for them. Wars are fought for them and won by them.

One such war rages on the Shattered Plains where Kaladin, son of a surgeon, has been reduced to slavery, and Dalinar, commander of the armies, is plagued by dreams of ancient times, doubting his own sanity.

Across the ocean, Shallan, a naïve but brave and brilliant young woman, plans a daring theft to save her impoverished noble house from ruin.

The Wizard’s First Rule (the Sword of Truth), Terry Goodkind

51fYtDbLN1L._SY346_Wizard’s First Rule, the first novel by Terry Goodkind, was a phenomenon from the moment it was published by Tor Books in 1994, selling more than 100,000 copies in North America alone. It still sells more than 100,000 copies a year and has gone on to bestsellerdom in the United Kingdom and in more than twenty foreign translations as well as audiobook form.

It is now being developed as one of the most ambitious television miniseries of all time. Executive Producer Sam Raimi (director of the three Spider-Man movies), in collaboration with Disney/ABC, is creating a 22-episode adaptation of the book to be filmed in New Zealand.

Richard and Kahlan’s story unfolds over ten more novels, collectively known as the Sword of Truth series, concluding with Confessor in 2007. Placing Goodkind in the elite club of #1 New York Times bestselling authors, the series has sold more than twenty million copies to date worldwide.

In Wizard’s First Rule, Goodkind introduced the world to an ordinary forest guide, Richard Cypher, and the mysterious, powerful woman he comes to love, Kahlan Amnell. Learning his true identity, Richard accepts his destiny as the one man who can stop the bloodthirsty tyrant Darken Rahl. Hunted relentlessly, betrayed and alone, Kahlan calls upon Richard to reach beyond his sword and invoke something more noble within himself as the final confrontation with Darken Rahl looms.

The importance of Wizard’s First Rule is sourced in Goodkind taking on the toughest of all literary challenges: to tell an electrifying story of action, violence, and adventure that also makes people think, and that would influence the choices and actions of its readers.

Years after reading Wizard’s First Rule, Goodkind fans still ask themselves, “What would Richard do?” when confronted with life’s obstacles and challenges. “Your life is yours alone,” Richard says at a key moment. “Rise up and live it.”

The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time series), Robert Jordan

51-NVUtW9XLThe Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, and Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

 


Enjoy! Let me know which ones you like the most 🙂

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Five Minute Audiobook Sample – Creative Writing Career

Here’s the first five minutes of Creative Writing Career book 1 – a book for aspiring writers of movies, tv, books, and video games.

The Book:

Want to be a writer of video games? A screenwriter? A novelist? This book will guide you as you position yourself for a career as a writer.

Based on a lifetime of struggling to make it as a creative writer, “Creative Writing Career: Becoming a Writer of Movies, Video Games, and Books” is a guide for aspiring writers to help them position themselves in an extremely competitive field. The book includes information on the writing process and ways to improve one’s craft, but mostly focuses on how to get discovered and where to concentrate energy in the meantime. The content of the book is supplemented by writer interviews, featuring some incredibly gifted people who share the wisdom they have gained. With writing, as with most aspects of life, I have chosen to rely on those with demonstrated wisdom to move ahead. This book presents that wisdom for the reader to do the same.

Includes interviews with the following: • Stephan Bugaj (Pixar and beyond) • Jerri Bell (O-Dark-Thirty Managing Editor) • Anthony Burch (Borderlands 2) • Kelly Ann Jacobson (Cairo in White) • Joshua Rubin (Assassins Creed 2) • Tomiko Breland (Editor with Zharmae) • Allen Warner (Ninja Boy) • Joyce Lee (Paper Words) • Will Wight (the Traveler’s Gate trilogy)

And many more!

Select Reviews: “You are virtually sitting at a round table, drinking a pint of brewski, while picking the brains of a group of hungry writers, directors, authors, publishers, editors and even entities from the comic book and video game industry (or rather Justin is, we just get the benefit of it!) as their careers blossom right before our faces.” Melvin Smith

You can also get the eBook by signing up for my newsletter (starter edition) or on Amazon and other channels.

Audiobook on Audible (free with a trial, AudibleTrial.com/CreativeWritingCareer.

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Kobo promo “New Year New You” features CREATIVE WRITING CAREER

Creative Writing Career featured in the @kobobooks New Year New You promo! On sale for $0.99.

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And to celebrate, we’ve gone wide with Creative Writing Career 2! This means that the book is no longer exclusive to Amazon, but can be bought on Kobo, iBooks, and Barnes and Noble!

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CWC Podcast Ep8: Bob Goodman on Writing Superheroes for TV

CWC Podcast Logo_v3Bob Goodman shares his wonderful advice about breaking into writing for television. He talks about breaking in as a writers assistance, production assistant (PA), script coordinator, or any way you can get a foot into the industry, as jobs often go to those on the inside.

Another way Bob says to go about it is to work on your spec scripts and submit to the many fellowships out there. A lot of them have a diversity focus, so work that angle if you can. Continue reading

CWC Podcast Ep7: Storytelling in Video Games

CWC Podcast Logo_v3This week Justin, Stephan, and Kevin focus on the larger picture of storytelling in video games, and discuss what they mean when they say story in video games. There are various levels of storytelling in games – some games are all about the story, while others tell story through the mechanics and have very little dialogue or cutscenes.

This was a fun episode for Kevin, because he has no video game experience aside from playing them, so he was able to ask Justin and Stephan more questions. Continue reading

Amazon’s Storywriter Software for Screenwriting

I’m always skeptical about new ways to write screenplays, especially after trying the use the Google plug-in they have (yuck – it was horrible). But after playing around with Amazon’s new Storywriter program (Is it an app? I don’t know what you call it…) I have to say I’m pleased.  Continue reading