Tag: new york

  • The Unexpected Virtue of…I forgot what I was saying

    The Oscar nominations were announced last week, and I would be negligent if I didn’t make a comment about the much-lauded Birdman.  This was the best movie I’ve seen all year, and it deserves every award it wins and two or three that it doesn’t (although, I’m rooting for Best Original Screenplay, for obvious reasons).  Everyone…

  • The spectrum of sessions at the Writer’s Digest Conference 2014

    Quick sidenote before I leap into things…my last three blog entries have been about the Writer’s Digest Conference 2014, and a few people have asked me why I’ve eschewed photos of the conference in favor of pictures of me and my wife traipsing around Manhattan.  Short answer: the conference took place in a nice hotel,…

  • Agents are lizard people

    The last post was all about the Pitch Slam at the Writer’s Digest Conference 2014.  Today, I want to write around the Pitch Slam and talk a little about the gravity of the thing. To refresh your memory, the Pitch Slam was an event where authors could pitch their books at agents for three minutes in…

  • Pitch Slamming…not as dirty as it sounds

    In my last post, I provided an overview of the Writer’s Digest Conference 2014.  Now, I want to delve into its various moving parts, starting with its most significant, the Pitch Slam.  You can attend the sessions without signing up for the Slam (and save yourself a hundred bucks), but I can’t see much reason for…

  • An Overview of the Writer’s Digest Conference 2014

    It occurs to me that my blog is, to this point, exclusively devoted to playwriting.  The fact is, I’m also a novelist, it’s just that I have much more success with plays than fiction.  Hopefully, that will change soon. Unlike playwriting, a career as a novelist is almost impossible without an agent.  While you can often…