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Novel Submissions

It’s novel writing week over at Bang2writers, so here is a round up of questions I received on the Facebook page, via Twitter and email, all of which centered on novel submissions. Do I submit to an agent or a publisher in the first instance? Whilst some publishers take direct approaches from writers, I recommend submitting novels to agents in the first instance. Why? Because they have a huge amount of contacts, not only in getting English deals but foreign sales too as well as selling other things like movie rights. In other words, it’s their JOB, they know that… Read More »Novel Submissions

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Quick Question: How Do I Find A Paid Writing Gig?

Richard Standen asks on Twitter: I’m a writing graduate with 2 shorts I’ve written screening at festivals. Where should/can I look to find that first paid job? Getting work AND getting paid for it is the Holy Grail for most writers – it’s fair to say most of us dream of giving up our day jobs. In terms of finding your first paid job as a writer, I’d recommend following these steps: WHAT do I want to do? Think first of your mega dream job. Don’t worry if it’s working for continuing drama or writing for huge Hollywood action epics, this… Read More »Quick Question: How Do I Find A Paid Writing Gig?

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How To Get A Literary Agent

So, You Want An Agent One question I get a lot is “How do I get an agent?” My first reply is usually, “Do you REALLY NEED one?” If you are a screenwriter and just starting out, then you probably don’t. Here’s an epic rundown of how to get produced WITHOUT the need for an agent. If you are a novelist, you still might not need an agent. Check out Authors Publish, which carries listings of publishers who accept manuscripts without agents. Alternatively, you may want to self publish – here’s 5 strategies for doing that on a budget. How… Read More »How To Get A Literary Agent

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Get What You Give

As a society, we teach children that if they want something, they should give something to get it. At my school, this was signified most by “one for one” – in other words, if you wanted a crisp from someone else’s packet, then you gave that person one of yours, so you could get one of theirs in return. Nine times out of ten this worked very well. But every now and again, that other child would grab *your* crisp, scoff it, then refuse to hand over one of theirs. THE OUTRAGE! I remember one particular incident beginning with a… Read More »Get What You Give

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How Do I Make New Contacts?

One thing Bang2writers always ask me is “How do I make new contacts?” Annoyingly, my answer is always the same: “By meeting them.” But where do you start? This seems to be one of the things that freak writers out the most. I’m often told at the seminars, talks and workshops I do that the industry is a “closed shop” and that “no one wants to know”. Yet this has NEVER been my experience. It’s not that I am somehow more “lucky” or “better” at making contacts, either. Writers starting out – and indeed those more seasoned wanting to “step… Read More »How Do I Make New Contacts?

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The Tip Of The Iceberg

Once upon a time, not so long ago, we might have heard something on the radio or TV or read it in a newspaper and mentioned it to our spouse or housemate when they got home. Perhaps we might mention it at work and have a brief five minute conversation, before moving to do something else. It’s all different now. Never before have we been able to share opinions so quickly and so widely. With the like of Twitter and Facebook, we can send something to someone on the other side of the world at the touch of a button.… Read More »The Tip Of The Iceberg

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Prequel To Cannes Networking Event, Feb 8th-9th, 2012

One question I get asked A LOT by Bang2writers is, “Where can I network?” So… What are you doing February 8th and 9th, 2012? Come to the Prequel To Cannes Networking Party at the Lighthouse, Poole!! The party brings Dorset’s scripty types out in force – including TV writer Danny Stack, as well as filmmakers Tim Clague and Suki Singh. And of course little ol’ me! There are masterclasses and events on offer during the day, too: I will be offering a class on pitching, before chairing a pitching event where participants will be invited to pitch their projects to… Read More »Prequel To Cannes Networking Event, Feb 8th-9th, 2012

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Guest Post: "Up Close" workshops by Helen Bang

Bang2writer and aptly-named Helen Bang has kindly provided us with the insights she learnt at a workshop this weekend just gone. Enjoy!——————————–Up Close was a day of free workshops organised by the Playwrights’ Studio Scotland held at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow. I attended the workshops on radio drama, further skills for playwrights and demystifying television. The radio workshop was led by BBC radio producers David Ian Neville. He began by outlining the stations which broadcast radio drama (Radio 3, 4, Radio 7 and Radio Scotland, and asked how many people in the audience listened to radio drama… Read More »Guest Post: "Up Close" workshops by Helen Bang

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THREE THINGS: Academy Pictures, Bluecat & Circalit

Just passing through – busybusybusy – but here’s three new things you may be interested in. Enjoy!—————————————- UPDATE Did you go to Bournemouth University? I did – and alumni like us have the chance to pitch for £100K to make a feature with the university’s new initiative, Academy Pictures!! The deadline is Monday March 8th and they’re looking for the usual: 4 page treatment, writing sample, showreels, etc. [Please note: I’ve read the guidelines and it seems the whole team MUST have gone to Bournemouth, though you can live anywhere now. But please feel free to check yourself, link below].… Read More »THREE THINGS: Academy Pictures, Bluecat & Circalit

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Sequel To Cannes, Poole, Dorset, Thurs Jul 30th – BE THERE!

Sequel to Cannes, THE networking party/event in the SW, is running again this Thurday – I’ll be there, so will Sir Daniel: will you? You definitely should, if the programme of events is anything to go by – this year even includes a NEW SCRIPTWRITING CONTEST! You’d be MAD to miss it. See you there!!!——————————————————————— Sequel to Cannes is designed with self promotion in mind, by anyone involved in the film or television industry. Anyone needed to make film happen from Actors, Camera operators, sound, lighting, all crew, costumiers, make-up artists, editors, producers and production companies, screenwriters, composers, sound designers,… Read More »Sequel To Cannes, Poole, Dorset, Thurs Jul 30th – BE THERE!

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I’ve Written A Screenplay. Now What?

Updated So, You’ve Written A Screenplay ‘I’ve written a screenplay, now what?’ is one of the top Google searches that leads writers to this blog. Plus Bang2writers write to me, asking me for ideas on what to do / where to send scripts they’ve written, so I thought it was time I put my thoughts on this in one place, once and for all … Enjoy!  1) Get Some Screenplay Feedback i) Getting it – do peer review You don’t have to pay for this, though you can if you want to.  Alternatively, you can do peer review aka a… Read More »I’ve Written A Screenplay. Now What?

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My Writing Story, pt 1: University

Miss Read has been writing about her own experiences at university doing a scriptwriting degree, which has got me thinking about mine. I’ve had a roundabout journey in scriptwriting, falling into script reading on the way and giving up on this whole lark more than once in pursuit of a more “sensible” job. But it seems I just can’t keep away, ‘cos I’m still going… Let us know how you got into it in the comments section.————————————————————————————-When I decided to become a writer, I was 18 and had dabbled with the creative arts my whole life. I’d done a journalism… Read More »My Writing Story, pt 1: University

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