$30 Writing School with CD-ROM


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If you want to become a writer just to get rich, buy lottery tickets instead. But, if you're ready to write well, get your words out to the world, and make a living doing what you love-then prepare to meet your goal. $30 Writing School is for writers who want to be great and who aren't afraid to work hard along the way. Whether you want to become a writer of fiction, non-fiction, screenplays, or even advertising, you'll learn how to get going and get noticed. You'll get practical, realistic advice from writers who know what it takes to make it, and you'll learn how they did it. From the basics of composing a sentence and developing outlines to the fine points of working with editors and negotiating contracts, $30 Writing School is the "follow your dream" kick in the pants that you've been looking for.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592004867
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 9/21/2004
  • Edition description: Book with CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael W. Dean is a true multimedia artist. He is the director of the films D.I.Y. OR DIE: How to Survive as an Independent Artist and HUBERT SELBY JR: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow. He toured the United States and Europe in 2002 and 2003 with D.I.Y. or DIE and recently debuted HUBERT SELBY JR: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow at the Deauville (France) American Film Festival. A prolific author, Dean's previous books include $30 Music School and $30 Writing School, as well as the critically acclaimed novels Starving in the Company of Beautiful Women and The Simple Pleasures of a Complex Girl. He also co-wrote the book Digital Music DIY Now!, and he contributes to MAKE Magazine. Dean has been interviewed on NPR, BBC radio, and PBS, and was featured on NBC, VH1, and in Variety Magazine. He lectures at colleges, museums, and youth centers throughout America and Europe. Dean has always been interested in art — before embarking on writing/filmmaking, he was the lead singer of Bomb (Warner Brothers). They released four albums.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xix
Chapter 1 I'm Living the Dream 1
Chapter 2 Myths & FAQ 5
Interview 15
FAQ 15
Conclusion 22
Chapter 3 English 101 23
Grammar Time 27
Parts of Speech 29
"Punks Not Dead"-Grammar Errors 29
Apostrophes 30
Misplaced and Missing Apostrophes 30
Unnecessary Apostrophes Used 30
Necessary Apostrophes Not Used 33
Hyphenation 34
A and An 35
Commas 36
Footnotes and Endnotes 37
Ellipses 38
Semicolons (;) 38
Colons (:) 39
Who/Whom 39
Ending a Sentence with a Preposition 39
Beginning a Sentence with a Conjunction 40
Stress 40
Capitalization 42
Was/Were 43
Anyway/Anyways 43
Then/Than 43
There/Their/They're 44
Quotes and Parentheses 44
Paragraphs 45
When to Use 45
Line Breaks Rather Than Tabs 46
Paragraphing One Line 47
Double Spaces 48
Numbers 48
Chapter 4 Outlines Rule 49
Why an Outline? 50
Separate Documents 50
Writing an Outline 52
Beginning, Middle, and End 54
Supporting Your Claims 54
Logical Progressions 55
Writing a TOC 55
How to Write an Outline 62
Conclusion 68
Chapter 5 English 102 69
How I Write Fiction 70
Outlines for Fiction 70
What's In a Name 72
Other Story Elements 73
Person 73
Tense 75
Active and Passive Verbs 75
Linear versus Nonlinear Structure 76
Tone 76
Clarity of Subject 77
Foreshadowing 78
Character Arc 79
The Hero's Journey 79
Writer's Books 81
Conclusion 85
Chapter 6 How to Write 87
What to Write About? 88
Titles 89
Ideas 91
Dedication 93
Structure 96
Chapters 98
Building Blocks 100
Amount 101
Content 102
Conclusion 103
Chapter 7 On Writing 105
Why Write? 106
School or Not? 110
Where to Write 114
Who Writes What, Where? 118
Good Writing versus Bad Writing 118
Research and Fact Checking 120
How to Interview People 121
Permission 122
Tools of the Interviewer 123
How to Interview 124
Accuracy 125
Conclusion 126
Chapter 8 Working with an Editor 27
Stages of Editing 128
Tracking Changes 137
Compare Documents Function 141
Version Control 143
The Rest of the Process 145
Conclusion 149
Chapter 9 Hardware 151
Typewriter versus Computer 153
Laptop versus Desktop 155
Laptop Computers 155
Desktop Computers 160
Keyboards 161
Backing Up 162
Tweaking Windows to Do Your Bidding 167
Passwords 169
Wireless 171
Mac versus PC 172
Linux 174
Other Hardware Options 175
AlphaSmart and Dana 175
Palm or Handspring 177
Conclusion 178
Chapter 10 Software 179
Word Processing 180
Keyboard Shortcuts 182
Find Function and Search Function 183
Format Painter 185
A Note on Cutting and Pasting 186
Word Count 187
Annoyances in Microsoft Office and Windows 189
Only the Tools You Need 190
Final Draft and Final Draft AV 190
Voice Recognition Software 192
Show Desktop 194
Screenshots 194
Callouts 196
MouseCount 197
PawSense 198
Conclusion 200
Chapter 11 Selling Your Book 201
Who Does What in the Publishing World? 203
Writer 204
Publisher 204
Agent 205
Acquisitions Editor 206
Project Editor 206
Copy Editor 207
Tech Editor 207
Proofreader 208
Layout/Design 208
Marketing Department 208
Publicist 208
Book Proposals 210
Selling Fiction 216
Selling Screenplays 218
Selling Articles to Magazines 219
Agent: Pros and Cons 219
Finding an Agent and a Publisher 220
Series Editorship 223
Rejection Letters 223
Conclusion 224
Chapter 12 More on Business 225
Can I Make a Living? 226
Job Security 228
Being Realistic 230
Contracts 232
Taxes 235
Money for Writing 236
Dealing with the Company 236
Keeping Your Friends 237
Mail Boxes 238
Three Last Ways to Make Money 240
Amazon Advantage 240
Amazon Associates 240
eBay 241
Conclusion 243
Chapter 13 Writing on the Road 245
Equipment 246
Voltage Converters 247
Cables 248
Phone 248
Network 249
Getting Online 250
Internet Cafes 252
Call Centres 252
College Networks 253
Wireless 255
Travel Tips 255
Trains 258
Phone Cards 260
Teaching English in Foreign Countries 261
Conclusion 264
Chapter 14 Self-Publishing 265
Most Self-Published Writing Stinks 266
Getting Ready for the Printer 272
Cost and Expectations 276
CMYK 276
Adjusting Saturation 277
Adjusting Contrast and Brightness 278
Image Resolution 280
Using Quark 280
Get Text 283
Move a Text Box or Picture Box 286
To Add a Picture 286
Collect for Output 288
ISBN and Bar Code 294
ISBN 294
Bar Code 294
Chapbooks, Zines, Ezines, Blogs, and More 296
Chapbooks 296
Zines 297
E-Zines 300
Blogs 300
Alternate Multimedia Publishing Models 301
Conclusion 301
Chapter 15 Copyrights and Rights 303
Permission 306
Fair Use 308
BookCrossing: A Defense 309
Rights 312
Using Real-Life Events 313
Plagiarism 313
Conclusion 314
Chapter 16 Promotion ... Telling the World 315
Rule One: Be Willing to Get Your Hands Dirty 316
How I Got On VH1, NBC, NPR, BBC, Connie Martinson, and So On 318
Getting Contacts 320
Smaller Papers Rule 320
Mainstream Media 321
Writing Press Releases 322
Being Proactive 326
More on Writing Press Releases 329
Living Vicariously Through Michael Dean 333
Word of Mouth 334
Getting Interviewed 334
How 334
What to Do 335
What to Ask for in Return 335
Quotes 338
Getting Your Books into Stores 339
Undoing Bad Press 340
Miscellaneous 340
Street Teams 340
Devotion and Lack of Fear 341
Conclusion 342
Chapter 17 In-Store Appearances and Touring 343
How to Get Booked 350
Bookstores 350
Colleges 354
Museums 354
Alternative Events 354
Events You Set Up Yourself 355
What to Do When You Get There 355
Autographs 358
Lodging 358
Time 359
How to Get Paid 359
What to Do When You Speak at a College or Give a Speech 360
Speaking Abroad 362
PayPal 362
Crossing Borders 365
Passports 366
How to Get Interviewed 367
How to Be Interviewed 368
Tie Up Loose Ends 369
Study Good Interviews 370
Be Available 370
Plan Ahead 372
Conclusion 373
Chapter 18 Closing Arguments (a.k.a. "The $30 Manifesto") 375
Wrap Up 376
Direction 377
Flow 377
Don't Take Yourself Too Seriously 379
Go Beyond the Dream 380
Don't Follow Trends-Make Trends 381
Longevity and Friends 382
The 30-Dollar Way 383
Purpose 384
Art versus Commerce-Art and Commerce 385
Live for Art 386
Chapter 19 Interviews 391
Hubert Selby, Jr. 392
Andy Rathbone 393
Dame Darcy 399
Michael Berube 410
Kimberly Valentini 416
Jackie Cohen 417
Dan Gookin 429
Appendix A Recommended Reading 437
Magazines 438
Books 439
Appendix B Recommended Surfing 441
Recommended Surfing 442
Appendix C What's on the CD-ROM? 443
Movies 444
Release Forms 444
Scans of My Rejection Letters 444
Index 447
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    This book is gold

    This book is gold. It is inspiring, challenging, funny and effective. I've been a freelance writer for 20 years and Michael's book has really jumpstarted my career this last year. His inspiration/advice is more foot-in-your-butt than holding-your-hand style, but if you're serious about improving yourself as a writer this is the book for you. Seriously. Thank you, Michael. Rob Loughran, author of the 2002 New Mystery Award winning 'High Steaks'

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