What’s Transmedia?

Good question! I had never heard of it, but it makes sense, even more so with the upcoming generation who are used to multimedia interactions.

So what is it?!
From what I gathered from Tom Denver’s interview with Houston Howard (and I’d encourage any storyteller to read it – not just screenwriters), it’s using different ways – different forms of media – to engage your audience in your story. Some of the engagement is to make money and some is to engage your audience. And which forms of media or interaction you use depends on what works best for the story. The skies the limit!!

Houston Howard

Source: Interview with Houston Howard, Transmedia Instructor at The Los Angeles Film School – The Script Lab

Pushkin Press Is Open For Children’s Book Submissions For One Day!

Pushkin-Press-Childrens-BooksPushkin Press, a UK publisher, “was founded in 1997, and publishes novels, essays, memoirs, children’s books—everything from timeless classics to the urgent and contemporary.”

One of their “editors-at-large,” Sarah Odedina, is opening up her email for children’s books submissions for one day, Monday, January 8th.

I couldn’t find what they define as “children’s” books but last years pick was a YA novel, so she must be looking for books, including YA. And Sarah’s bio states that one of the types of books she likes to read is board books. So there you have it. Come to your own conclusions.

So pull that synopsis out, your bio, and send your first 10,000 words of your children’s book along to Odedina, like I am!

Best of luck! And let me know how you fair!

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A Screenwriter’s (and Story Writer’s) Must Does

movieIn honor of the made up but very important (for screenwriters and movie lovers) #nationalscreenwritersday, here are 10 things to remember when writing your screenplay, or when creating most any story from ScreenwritingU – one of the people who set up this “special” day.

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National Screenwriters Day – January 5th, 2018

Did you you January 5th is National Screenwriters Day?


It probably doesn’t matter to too many people, unless you’re a screenwriter, like I am.

And if you’re a screenwriter you know how hard it is to find authentic screenplays to read. Well ScreenwritingU and Stage 32 are putting together this “National Screenwriters Day” January 5th, to get screenwriters a little notice (and to sell their wares – Yes, everyone is trying to sell something and your email is a big insentive to put this day on, besides saying they want to promote screenwriters.) Do I sound a bit cynical. Yes, I am but that’s okay because we can all help each other in this endeavor.

These guys ask for your email address and request you help them promote screenwriters day (purely voluntary, of course) and you get access to 100 Oscar-nominated screenplays. And they are the real thing. I’ve downloaded a couple already.

That’s a fair shake, I think. Especially since you can unsubscribe any time you like to the list they have just put you on.

Just like writers need to read books, screenwriters need to read screenplays so you might want to consider signing up.

Wishing you all the best in the New Year!

Christine Keleny

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Amazon Ads – Are They Worth It?

Amazon Marketing Services for Book Vendors

Is it worth setting up book ads on Amazon? I’ve tried it a couple times now for a couple different titles of mine and I’m not convinced yet.

I have a book (The Red Velvet Box) that is set around the holidays – Thanksgiving and Christmas – so I thought I’d give it another try seeing that it’s around that time of the year. I’ve tried an Amazon ad before with my award-winning MG novel: Intrigue in Istanbul. I can no longer see that campaign so I can’t tell you how it went other than what I remember. And what I remember is my current campaign is garnering more interest but the sales are still just so so.

Here is the Amazon speak:
262,916 impressions – which means it’s showed up that many times on Amazon and from what I understand, that has to do with how much you pay/click for a certain key word.

I’ve got 90 key words –  key word doesn’t have to be just one word – (most gurus say you should have many more, but I got tired of trying to find more after I hit 90) and I started paying 25 cents/click/word(s). That didn’t get me many impressions, but it did tell me which key words were getting impressions so I upped the fee/word .40 or .50/word(s) on those specific words and the impressions increased A LOT!

So it’s run for about a week. I’ve spend between $3 and $4/ day (I’ve changed it a couple times). It’s had 100 clicks (on my specific ad) and I’ve spent $30.15 for $2.99 in sales. And those sales figures are the full sales, not my cut which is 70% of that.

So…so far I’m not that impressed.

Now, maybe my ad is not catchy enough. I looked at other bestselling books in my genre to help me decide on my ad copy, but I’m not a marketer, so maybe this could be improved and I’d sell more books. Or maybe my genre and age group (middle grade mystery adventure) is not a big seller. I do know mysteries sell – it’s one of the top 5, but for middle graders????

Now, it is the holidays, and people will be getting tablets and ereaders as gifts and maybe trolling Amazon for good books. I’m going to keep my ad going until January 7th, so we’ll see how it goes.

Here is Amazon’s info/marketing page for Amazon ads,   and remember this is marketing, even though it’s appears to educational, which is also is. The ads are not hard to set up but if you want to try putting up an ad, check your site every day to make sure it’s working the way you want. And don’t go over your budget. Give yourself a set budget and stick to it. Amazon wants you to be excited about any sales but if you don’t have the money to spend, don’t spend it!!

Wishing you and yours peace-filled holidays!

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Hints For Working With An Editor

eraser1Chelsey Clammer makes some good points about working with an editor. I especially like the “overcommunication” idea!

Works for me!


Publishing Contracts – The Inside Skinny

Graeme Shimmin has written a great post about how exactly a publishing contract works and what it means. I’d definitely recommend you give it a read!