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Blogs But Wait, There's More! A Final Post on Self-Promotion

Self promotion turned out to be the hottest topic yet on my blog.  My three posts on the subject are approaching 6,000 reads! I have received dozens of comments, both on the blog and at LinkedIn, over 95% of which were in agreement that self-promotion is vitally important. You get it!  That's good!  Here's what I got...

Blogs Does Self-Promotion Really Work? The Results Are In for My Experiment In Self-Promotion

Does self-promotion really work?  What happens when you promote your writing via blog, Facebook and LinkedIn?  Over the past several weeks I’ve done just that.  The results are in.  Check out this post and find out exactly what happened with my experiment in self-promotion...

Blogs Does Self-Promotion Really Work? Let’s Try It And Find Out

I got a huge response to my last post, Why Do Many Artists & Writers Hate Self-Promotion?, including several active discussions on various LinkedIn groups. Self-promotion is a very hot topic! Many of the people who commented on the post talked about their shyness, self-doubts, the unworthiness of their creativity, and other barriers to promoting themselves and their work.  One of the biggest concerns was whether or not self-promotion was really effective.  Well, let's find out...

Headline News VIZ Manga App For iPhone, iPod Touch Launches

VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, continues the digital integration of its vast library of manga (graphic novel) properties with the latest announcement of the availability of the VIZ MANGA APP for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch mobile devices.

Headline News StorySmyth Launches Oxford Titles on iTunes

StorySmyth Ventures Ltd, the producers of the StorySmyth Tales range of digital mobile children’s stories, has today launched a range of titles featuring children’s books from Oxford University Press (OUP).

Blogs Publishing a Book is Now So Easy Even a Writer Can Do It!

The book publishing industry, like the newspaper biz, is on a glide path to oblivion.  It's just too easy and cheap to download a book to your computer, iPad, Kindle or smartphone.

And that was last year!

Now it takes less time to publish your own book than it does to write a publisher query letter, let alone send it out and wait for the rejection letters.

Blogs How to Prosper in Toon Town — An Excerpt from "How to Write for Animation"

Before you run off half-cocked with that shiny new animated six-shooter of yours, here are a few pieces of advice that will help you live long and prosper in this business. It would be foolish to think you could become a good animation writer without first understanding a little bit about creativity, especially considering cartoon writing is one of the most creative forms of writing there is. Fortunately, creativity is not as ethereal as some might lead you to believe.

Blogs Learn the Three R’s to Become a Better Screenwriter

There are only two things you need to do to become a better writer: study and write.  The question is: are you studying and writing optimally?  I wrote screenplays for Columbia and Paramount on instinct, and wrote hundreds of animation scripts the same way.  But I’d never really “learned” how to write. I finally decided to get serious about my craft and read all the best-selling screenwriting books.  I learned quite a bit.  But one of the most important things I learned was that WHAT you read is only half of the journey.  HOW to read is the other.  Learn the three R's and become a better screenwriter...

Headline News Stan Lee Media Lawsuit Resurfaces in California

By Rick DeMott | Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 1:58pm

Now following a second New York ruling tossing out their claims, the owners of Stan Lee Media have won the right to pursue a new suit against Stan Lee in California, writes The Hollywood Reporter.

Headline News Another Stan Lee Media Billion-Dollar Suit Tossed

By Rick DeMott | Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 12:32pm

Stan Lee Media Inc.'s $1 billion lawsuit against Marvel Ent. in regards to the copyrights of characters created by its namesake has been tossed out of court, writes The Hollywood Reporter.

Blogs Levy Hits the Bullseye with 'Directing Animation'

By Dan Sarto | Friday, January 7, 2011 at 12:06pm

Without good direction, you end up with drek. Problems with sequence timing or the render pipeline can be solved with relative ease – problems of mismanagement are difficult to overcome and usually spell doom. Animation directors aren’t directing animation, they’re directing a group of people who are working in arguably the most time consuming and exacting of creative mediums. David Levy's new book Directing Animation at its heart strives to teach the reader how to keep an animation production crew happy, productive and on task.

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