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How a Writer Dies [Kindle Edition]

Marc Blake , Ken Iizuka
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Earn millions from your writing?" Really? You think so?
This memoir is a dark, hilarious and salutary tale of the final year in a professional TV writer/ author’s life (also Stand up comedian for fifteen years). It charts his struggles with disinterested Producers, overworked Publishers and venal Agents and is packed with do's, dont's and survival tips for the novice writer. Written in a bone-dry, offhand style, this is a must read for fans of ‘Conversations with my Agent’ or ‘Adventures in the Screen Trade'.

Caution: May contain spleen, bile, invective, scurrilous gossip, comedic set pieces and downright insulting material.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 427 KB
  • Print Length: 184 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Running Pen Productions; 1 edition (26 Dec. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #819,856 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Marc Blake is an author, lecturer, screenwriter and director.

He was educated in the UK at Hampton School and Ravensbourne College of Art and Design. He 'fell into' stand up comedy in the late 1980's and wrote his own BBC Radio Comedy 'Whining for England' as well as an ITV comedy half hour special 'Eurocomedy.' He toured as a stand up comedian for many years, finally retiring in 2012. He now teaches the Comedy and Performance undergraduate degree course at Southampton Solent University as well as advising on comedy for several TV and advertising companies, most recently mentoring several journalists to appear on the Dave comedy Channel at the Leicester Comedy Festival.

He regularly lectures on comedy, Sitcom and Screenplay at Kensington and Chelsea Adult Education college in Chelsea, as well as at the Cheltenham Literary Festival among others.

He began to write Sitcoms and comic novels in the late 1990's.. His first three novels were for Hodder & Stoughton and were best sellers.

His latest comic novel, Monkey Puzzle, is available on Kindle and as an EBook.

He has recently completed and published his first YA mystery novel, Spirit of the Blitz, also available on Kindle.

He has written several books on writing sitcom, which have been well received by readers as comprehensive.

Screenwriters Wrongs - a compendium of bad screenwriting - is to be published in June 2013

Writing the Horror Movie will be published by Bloomsbury in September 2013.

He directed his first film short 'Xorcism' in May 2013.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For All Budding Writers 4 Feb. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this book on Friday evening and if it wasn't for falling asleep at 2am I would have finished it in one go. As a wannabe writer myself I felt as if I was finally understanding the true challenges a writer faces with regards to getting published or having their scripts bought to life. Marc's book charts a year in his life as he rides the rollercoaster of praise and rejection that all writers have to face (well...the rejection part. Not all writers get to experience praise!).

One of the main reasons I would reccomend ALL writers buy this book is because I believe many writers fear the unknown world of publishing and screen and what really happens when you try to sell your work. This fear often stops people from writing at all. Well, read Marc's book and you'll know what to expect. Rejection, heartache and excitement. The life of a writer.

What's really great about this book is it helped me to understand the offline publishing world more, and how fortunate us writers are to be able to self publish our work on the Kindle so easily. So if you're wondering whether traditional publishing or kindle publishing is the right route for you this book may just help you to decide.

Look, I bought this book for £5 last week. I've just seen the price now and it's less than a cup of coffee now Marc (or Amazon) has lowered the price. Does the price reduction bother me? Nope. Truth is I would have paid much more than I did because I know the quality of Marc's work having bought his books before. Grab your copy. You won't be dissapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 22 Feb. 2012
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A wonderful insight into the world of the aspiring writer. With highs, lows, beautiful use of language, and lots of laughs along the way. This book shows the stark reality of the journey a writer must make to pay day. With agents and other shark like creatures always lurking, to take chunks out along the way. A lovely read from a great writer, comedian and teacher of the writing game. Any aspiring writers, also see the autors other books, How Not to Write a Sitcom and How to be a Sitcom Writer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So true! 5 Feb. 2012
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Laughed out loud and read in one complete sitting then tweeted all my writing students to buy. Not sure that was a good move but hey, let them learn the stark reality of writing for a living. So so true! I think Running Pen stole my life. Seriously well written, funny, vitriolic at times, full of pathos but you really do punt for Running Pen - all the way to the bitter end, You won't regret buying ... Promise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars terrific angstridden joyride 21 Feb. 2012
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a great romp through the viper's den that is contemporary publishing and the bleak despair that can ensue in the creative's mind. Hilarious and humane, this writer bares his anxieties with both sensitivity and very funny and sharp writing. Download and cry tears of laughter and despair - in particular if you are considering a writing career yourself! Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How a righter dies 9 Jan. 2012
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A book that I could not put down. This book diary perfectly describes the anguish of a writer. A great help to writers when things could be going better!
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