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Comedy Market: A Writer's Guide to Making Money Being Funny

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Featuring interviews with top industry professionals - and loads of tips on both the basics and the finer points of the funny business - The Comedy Market will tell you where the jobs are - both full-time and freelance, how to pitch yourself and your work, what you can do to perfect your craft, how to deal with agents and managers, how to tailor your writing to different audiences, why performing can help your career - even if you don't want to do stand-up, how to make the right connections, what you need to know...
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Overview

Featuring interviews with top industry professionals - and loads of tips on both the basics and the finer points of the funny business - The Comedy Market will tell you where the jobs are - both full-time and freelance, how to pitch yourself and your work, what you can do to perfect your craft, how to deal with agents and managers, how to tailor your writing to different audiences, why performing can help your career - even if you don't want to do stand-up, how to make the right connections, what you need to know about copyrights and contracts, and more.
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Think you could write a better TV sitcom or movie than what you've been watching on the screen? DeSena, a veteran comedy writer and author (The Air Down Here, LJ 10/1/95), can help you. Here he describes different comedy marketsstand-up, TV, film, stage, book, radio, periodicals, greeting cards, and corporate clientsgiving advice on breaking in, pitching material, learning techniques, and writing on spec. Though much of DeSena's advice is familiar (e.g., read widely and write daily), he does show that each market has its own angle. Each chapter is punctuated by sidebars offering the "inside view" from professionals, and most list market-specific resources that are augmented by five appendixes offering information on evaluating agents, education and training, financial support opportunities, legal issues, and writers' groups. Recommended for its serious approach to the comedy genre.Cathy Sabol, Northern Virginia Community Coll., Manassas
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399522154
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/1/1996
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 The Stand-up Connection: Performing and Networking Your Way Into a Writing Job 1
2 The TV Guide: Writing for the Network and Cable Television Markets 21
3 Film: The Hollywood Dream Factory 61
4 On Stage: Learning the Art of Playwriting 87
5 By the Book: Humor Books and Novels 107
6 Extra! Extra!: Magazines and Newspapers 129
7 The Radio Roundup: Short-Form Radio Comedy 145
8 Thinking of You: The Greeting Card Industry 155
9 Comedy, Inc.: Writing Corporate Communications 165
10 A Final Word 181
App. I Agents and Managers 185
App. II Education and Training Alternatives: Schools, Classes, Internships, Volunteer Work, Summer Programs, Conferences, Seminars, Workshops and Continuing Education 191
App. III Grants, Contests, and Fellowships 199
App. IV Legal Issues 201
App. V Writers' Groups 205
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