April 2014 | Urban Book Editor LLC

It’s Time for the 2014 NY Midnight Screenwriting Challenge

The 11th Annual Screenwriting Challenge is a competition open to screenwriters around the world. There are 3 rounds of competition. In the 1st Round (May 2-10), writers are placed randomly in heats and are assigned a genre, subject, and character assignment (see examples of past assignments here). Writers have 8…

My Self-Publishing Journey: Putting Together My A-Team

If deciding to self-publish felt like jumping off a cliff, entering the professionally-polish-the-book phase has been like learning to fly…without wings or a net. Because while you don’t have to hire editors or use beta readers or have a professional do copy edits on your manuscript before you self-publish it,…

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Is Going Digital After Author Changes Tune

Welcome to the digital world, Boo Radley. To Kill a Mockingbird, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a moral lawyer who defends a black man in a racially divided town in the South, is finally going digital. The classic story is scheduled to be released as an e-book and digital audiobook…

Good People writer Marcus Sakey on writing

If you haven’t already heard of Marcus Sakey, then you probably have heard of the upcoming summer movie called Good People starring the man with endless degrees James Franco and blondie Kate Hudson. Marcus Sakey wrote Good Peopleas well as a number of other books, one of which is part of a trilogy…

Top 10 TED Talks on Storytelling and Filmmaking

From JJ Abrams to James Cameron, some of the world’s most celebrated storytellers and filmmakers have given their “TED Talk.”  Topics range from viral videos to the secret source of creativity.   Our favorite, hands down, is Andrew Stanton’s talk on storytelling. http://www.screencraft.org/blog/top-10-ted-talks-storytelling-filmmaking-screenwriting/

IFP Seeks Screenplays, Documentaries, Web Series For 36th Annual Independent Film Week | SydneysBuzz

I always try to attend IFP’s Independent Film Week in NYC after TIFF Toronto. It is a great networking event, the projects are fine and the filmmakers come from all over the world. You should submit your project here and come to it!! IFP Seeks Screenplays, Documentaries, Web Series For…

New York Times launches data journalism site The Upshot | Media | theguardian.com

New York Times launches data journalism site The Upshot The New York Times has launched a new site featuring a combination of data-driven and explanatory reporting.The Upshot combines analysis of the news with data visualisations. via New York Times launches data journalism site The Upshot | Media | theguardian.com.

Gabriel García Márquez takes his place in the pantheon – latimes.com

Gabriel García Márquez takes his place in the pantheon In Mexico City, fans patiently awaited their chance to stand beside the urn holding the author’s ashes. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/commentary/la-oe-0427-ardijis-garcia-marquez-funeral-mexico-20140427,0,6558797.story#ixzz308Q92PHX via Gabriel García Márquez takes his place in the pantheon – latimes.com.

5 Writing Tips: Dinaw Mengestu

1. Be generous to your characters: kill them, save them, break their hearts and then heal them. Stuff them with life, emotions, histories, objects and people they love, and once you’ve done that, once they are bursting at the seams, strip them bare. Find out what they look like—how they stand,…