How many books does Amazon sell on Kindle each day? Is there a classic long tail — and is it even worth being on it? Amazon is incredibly opaque with the details, even when you’re publishing on their system.
I really had no idea what people were getting paid for short stories, so I asked Matt to dig up some numbers.
The NY Times has an article today about The Variant, the Kindle, and my Twitter followers.
My short story has been on the market for a week. As promised, here’s an update on how the 99-cent experiment has gone.
Some readers had questions they didn’t get to ask on the call-in show last night, so I answered them this morning.
The present progressive tense can be your friend.
I asked Adam Davis, a young alum from Drake University, to write about his first year starting out in Hollywood. He’s back with a follow-up.
In a precautionary move to ward off pirates, Paramount supplied only dubbed prints of “Monsters vs. Aliens” to Russian and Ukrainian theaters.
In February, I linked by Eric Morris about pervasive Los Angeles transportation myths. Here’s a follow-up.
Following up on my post about getting your kid into preschool, a reader tipped me off to an upcoming documentary on the subject.
I’ve been asking around to find more information about studios’ anti-piracy efforts.
Nearly every browser lets you “View Source,” showing how the page was constructed…up to a point.
Kindle 2: great for books, but not ready for screenplays.
Matt gives the full report from a WGA panel about the film industry.
Cory Doctorow makes many of the points I would about the Authors’ Guild’s grumpiness over the Kindle’s text-to-speech function.
MTV released its final list of top-ten badasses, which included contributions by me and a lot of other folks. Dirty Harry – “Dirty Harry” Ellen Ripley – “Alien/Aliens” John McClane – “Die Hard” Mad Max – “Mad Max” Walker – “Point Blank” Sarah Connor – “Terminator” Pike Bishop – “The Wild Bunch” Khan Noonien Singh […]
A few weeks ago, I expressed exasperation upon seeing demos of iMovie 09, which seemed to be working hard to fix exactly the wrong problems. Now that I have it installed, I’ve been able to spend a few days playing around with it. And you know what? It’s actually a lot better. Yes, that could […]
The thin line between unlimited DVR and video-on-demand.
Last month, a visitor made an unwelcome appearance in our kitchen, eating oranges on the counter. He was first caught virtually by my laptop’s iSight camera, then later physically by a classic spring-lever trap. It was loud; it was unsettling; it was over. I actually like rodents as pets. I grew up with gerbils and […]
In Banging a chainsaw against a tree, I expressed my frustration at those who complain how unfair it is that screenwriters in, say, Duluth, aren’t taken seriously. It got a lot of responses. Mike writes: Why can’t he complain if no one takes a screenwriter in Duluth seriously? If he wrote a damn good screenplay […]
My favorite episodes of Intervention are the follow-up ones, in which they track what’s happened with the addicts in the months and years after treatment. Some have stayed clean, others are off-the-rails disasters. I always guess wrong. Here on the site, I rarely do follow-ups. In fact, once an entry gets pushed off the front […]
A reader writes in requesting a reexamination of my post “The Perils of Coincidence” in light of an acclaimed movie which is already a screenwriting award contender: This weekend, I saw Slumdog Millionaire, a story that is succinctly described by the equation: “I knew the answer to this obscure question because this farfetched event happened […]
In the comments thread to my post on Charlie Brown, advertising, and whatever comes after postmodernism, reader Michael makes an important point: If everything is a reference to a reference to a reference, as so much creative work is currently, then audiences are forced to either “get” everything, or else be alienated by everything. It […]
I’m finally over the annoying illness that’s kept me on a reduced schedule these past few weeks. I’m calling it bronchitis, though my doctor never used that term, and it’s possible it was something else entirely. In general I’m not a person who gets sick for more than a day or two, so it was […]
Following up on my earlier post about alternative distributions for indies, Splinter has its debut on HDNet Movies tonight, in anticipation of its theatrical roll-out this weekend. (And in competition with a certain presidential candidate’s national address.) I haven’t seen the movie, but it got a nice review today in Variety, and awards at Screamfest.