Universal Pictures Writers’ Fellowship

Great, memorable movies have become scarce as hell these last few years. Everything is remakes of what was already done. Originality has officially left the building. It’s rare that a beginning screenwriter/director will get shine on the big screen or the television screen. A few such as Lee Daniels and LaShonda Rhimes have slid through and I’m grateful because that is motivation for me but (and you knew there was a but) there isn’t enough good screenwriters. Well aspiring screenwriters listen up because opportunity is knocking at your door with a vengeance.

Universal Pictures (yes that Universal) has set up a writer’s fellowship program for up to five potential writers to work with the studio for a year. They will be able to:

Work on current projects
Pitch original ideas
Attend workshops
Receive mentoring
Interact with top literary agents and
Sit in on Universal’s executive meetings

Starting September 3rd applicants can submit their packets. Only online submissions allowed and only 500 will be accepted. The Writers’ Fellowship Application, a legal release form, resume, 2 letters of recommendations and a statement of purpose answers are what are required. Semi finalists will be asked for a 2nd screenplay. Ten finalists will then be chosen and be interviewed in LA. Finally 5 will be chosen as participants of Universal Pictures Writers’ Fellowship. Visit nbcunicareers.com for full info and good luck!

Peace and luv!

Posted from none other than your favorite writer’s favorite writer Ms Talia

Who Will Buy Your Books?

Latin America (orthographic projection)

Latin America (orthographic projection) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Picture of a eBook Español: Foto de eBook Бе...

A Picture of a eBook Español: Foto de eBook Беларуская: Фотаздымак электроннай кнігі Русский: Фотография электронной книги (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Numbers don’t lie. It’s one of the few things that do not. As a writer regardless if you’re going the traditional or self publish route it helps to know what is selling, who is purchasing and why. I know, I know numbers are confusing and boring but don’t cut out on me just yet. I am about to give you some basic percentages so you will get to know the trends in the writing world.

All of the info below is in the ABA report that was released last week. One of the things that caught my eye was the sales revenue of ebooks in the year 2011. It totaled $21.5 million, 332.6% higher than the previous year. A tremendous increase in other countries proves that people are starting to enjoy reading again. In the UK there was a 22.9% increase with a 1316.8% increase in ebooks and a 10.4% increase in print books. Latin America showed a 15.4% increase in revenue, 201.6% in ebook sales and 9.7% in print. Lastly in Africa showed a 21.9% revenue increase with 638.8% increase in ebooks and 17.1% in print.

Higher demands for the different ereaders, better marketing, increase in English speaking foreigners and television pop programs other countries are now able to watch are contributing factors for the increase in sales. So not only do you as a writer need to pay attention to consumers likes on your block but who buys similar novels across the pond which can potentially increase the sales of your novels. Don’t ever discount other countries always think big!

Peace and luv!