Hollywood in Spring: A Night With Writing Masters, Drinks, Food, and Laughs

  Join us for a night of drinks, hors d’ouevres, and survival tips for writers, with Hollywood masters Ken LaZebnik, Richard Kramer, and Peter Mehlman, moderated by comedienne Alyson Weaver, a fixture in L.A.’s comedy scene. Learn how to: Break into writing for different mediums (TV, film, and books) Gain insights into the Entertainment Industry Survive in Hollywood: Are you dressed for success …or failure? Free Valet Parking in front of The Hesby. Get your iherb promo code now! At the Door: Ticket Price: $8 general, $5 students (cash only) For a full event listing and to buy tickets (Seats are limited top 40 people),...

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L.A. Knows What’s Up With Publishing, Do You? “Kassia Krozser, founder of publishing site BookSquare, added that publishers are no longer competing against other publishers—they’re competing with authors. Traditional publishing affords authors 25% of 75% of the royalties made from book sales—mere pennies compared to the whole 85% offered by sites like Smashwords. And a recent LA Times article evinces big publishing houses are losing their stronghold on the business. With the ability to make more money and control the production of their books, authors have started asking: what can a publisher do that I...

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The 5 Secrets to EBook Publishing Success by Mark Coker, featured on Write Online: “In the old print world, if your book didn’t sell well within the first few weeks of release, it was forced prematurely out of print. That’s sad, because sometimes it can take months or years before a book connects with its audience and goes viral. With ebooks, your book is immortal, virtual shelf space is unlimited and you have more time to find your audience. Many of the best-selling books at Smashwords today took six months or longer to find an audience before they broke out.  Brian S. Pratt, for example, earned $7.82 in his first three months at Smashwords in early 2009. While many authors would have given up after such meager results, Brian was undeterred. More than a year later, he earned over $20,000 at Smashwords in the last three months of 2010.” To read the full article:...

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3 WordPress Tools To Put Your Book in Browsers: At the Tools of Change conference, a number of tools were introduced that publishers and writers can use to put a book online with WordPress–publishing your book in a...

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‘VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts’ has released their accounting of women writers published, and women writers reviewed at major literary publications like the Atlantic, Boston Review, Harper’s, and Poetry. The results have elicited lots of heated discussion. Check out the charts here:...