Video: How to Submit a Script to a Studio

To submit a script to a studio and get it read, find your best work, find and hire an agent to represent the script, and research which studio is the best fit for the script. Use a critical eye to find the best script in your catalog of material with advice from a writer, director and editor in this free video on script writing.

Expert: Nathan Boehme
Bio: Nathan Boehme is a writer, director and editor who currently lives and works in Los Angeles, Calif.
Filmmaker: Nathan Boehme
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Interview with Robin Rosenberg

  • What made you want to be a writer?
Ironically, I do not identify myself as a writer, despite the fact that I’ve recently published a book. I am a mother… of a beautiful three year old girl named Brooke. The role of mommy has had a very profound impact on me as a person and the type of person I want my child to be. I am consumed with making sure that she is equipped with whatever it takes for her to lead a successful and happy life, despite the challenges that life may send her way. It was in that spirit that I wrote Brookie Cookie Bookie.
  • What genre do you write and why?
I've recently published a children's book. I didn't intentionally set out to be a children's book author. It evolved as I became more immersed in being a mother.
  • Tell us a bit about your latest book.
I’ve recently published a children’s book titled Brookie Cookie Bookie. It’s about friendship, acceptance and celebrating our differences. The book is told through the voice of my daughter and each page is a poem that enables children to discover the differences that make them unique, as well as the common ground that they share. Ultimately, the goal is for children to understand that we are more alike than we are different. My dream would be for parents, caregivers and educators to use this book as a tool to ignite the conversation about acceptance with our toddlers.
  • Who did the illustrations for the book?
My daughter Brooke, (age 3) and her friends and cousins did the illustrations. The book is told from Brooke's voice, so I thought the illustrations would be most effective if they were done by children rather than a professional illustrator.
  • Who is your publisher and why did you choose them?
I published Brookie Cookie Bookie through Create Space, which is a division of Amazon. Create Space is a self-publishing company.
  • Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
For more information, a detailed description or to purchase, you can check out my website at
  • Anything else you'd like to add?
A portion of the proceeds from the sales of Brookie Cookie Bookie will be donated to charities that assist children and families facing a wide variety of adversity.
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Four Tips to Avoid that Post-Project Letdown

As a writer who recently finished a big personal project, a novel manuscript to be exact, I was struggling a lot with what to do next. Certainly, I have my daily professional career, so I'm not worried about that; instead, I was worried about the next step, what new writing project I would get started on, and how I would actually do that. I was in a slump for about a month after finishing this project, and during that month, I did not write a single word. I couldn't bring myself to do it. It was like the finished project somehow blocked me from moving forward.

I think I can chalk up my block to fear of the unknown.

In working through that fear, I came up with a few ideas to help me move on to my next project. I hope this list can be of some help to writers who are stuck between projects, whether they've just finished a novel or a huge freelance assignment. Please leave any other suggestions in the comments section.

Never Get Between Projects

I'm not exactly sure how well this could work, as I tend to only focus on one project at a time, but another writer, a friend of mine, suggested that I work on multiple projects at once in the future. She said that this setup could ideally allow me to immediately move onto something else as soon as another project was completed or if I got stuck. By keeping multiple projects going, I could constantly feel like I had something to do, and I wouldn't have time to think about what happens next.

Take Care of Administrative Tasks

This method actually worked for me once I realized it was a legitimate method. I began to research options for my manuscript. Should I send it to a small press? Should I seek an agent? Should I self-publish? In looking for the answers to this question, I embarked on a new project. Although it wasn't strictly a creative project, it was useful regardless because it concerned the future well-being of my manuscript.

Develop a Writing Routine

Another way to hold off the post-project writing slump is to always write routinely. I'm one of those writers who never thought this was possible; I tend to work in bursts of activity. But, in my desperation to move past my block, I began morning writing exercises: ten minutes of unedited free-writing to clear my head. And these exercises developed into longer bits, and now I have a sense of what I can do next. Of course, a lot of what I wrote was a jumbled mess, but soon it'll have focus again, and I can begin molding it into a new project. All of this is thanks to my developing a writing routine.
Read, Read, Read

Finally, I found that in my slump, I suddenly had more time to read. I put together a reading list of books I'd meant to get to, and it was like a door opened. Once I began reading, I couldn't help but want to put down the book and begin writing. Reading recharges us writers; we can't help but want to write when we read. If you're at all stuck, I suggest making a list of books to read and religiously follow that list. But be sure to keep a pen and notebook beside you for when inspiration strikes.

Mariana Ashley is a freelance writer who particularly enjoys writing about accredited online colleges. She loves receiving reader feedback, which can be directed to mariana.ashley031

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Video: 7 Questions Every Writer Should Ask Themself Before Writing

Writer/teacher Beth Lapides gave this rap at The Comedian's Way Workshop.

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Review: Manny the marmot

Title: Manny the marmot
Author: Janice Lease
Publisher: Cinnamon Ridge Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9800762-2-6

Reviewed by Jo Linsdell

The photograph's and text in this book (both by Janice Lease) will hold the interest of children as they learn about marmots and the importance of not running off alone.

It also underlines how humans are forcing other animals out of their habitats and into new areas.

At the back of the book you'll find some facts about marmots which could be particularly useful for projects following the reading of the book.

Janice Lease makes education fun as she teaches important lessons for children along with information about animals and nature. I highly recommend this book especially for use in the classroom.
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Site of Interest : Fear of writing

This weeks site of interest is

"Our mission at Fear of Writing is threefold. We're here to: 

 put the fun back into writing;

 provide a safe place for writers and closet writers to explore their imaginations;

(3) help you make your writing dreams come true".

On the site you'll find resources, articles and more. Worth a visit.
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Interview with Janice Lease

    I think I started writing and doing poetry very young.  I know I had a book of poems when I was 12 years old.  I took nurses training in Boston Mass when I was 17.  Life was fast and busy from that time on.  I graduated and married at 20 years and had my first child 10 months after I was married.  I had always wanted to be a teacher and I started my BSN to teach nursing.  My husband got a teaching job in California and by then we had two little girls.  We headed off to beautiful Simi Valley in California.  There were no hospitals in this small valley and only difficult curvy roads to get out to the San Fernando Valley where there were hospitals. 

     A builder had come in to Simi Valley and built a lot of low income houses.  Young families streamed into the valley to buy these houses.  The schools were overflowing.  Someone suggested I look for a job as a school nurse so I went down and applied.  They didn’t need nurses but they desperately needed teachers.  They offered me a job and 7 years to complete all of the requirements for a full California Teachers Credential.

    I jumped at it.  This was my dream to teach.  For the next 22 years I taught K-2.  During these years I made up stories for all the letters in the alphabet and vowels.  I wrote many teaching units that were used by other teachers but I never submitted any of this for publication.  I also started a novel that has been deleted from my computer about 4 times in the last 20 years.  I still plan to finish this.

     About 18 years ago we moved to Las Vegas Nevada.  I returned to nursing because of the pay scale.  I need a creative outlet so I began to photograph every beautiful thing in Nevada, Utah and Arizona.  I had a small card business for a while.  I saw all of my beautiful pictures of animals, birds and flowers just sitting with no one able to enjoy them. 

   When I retired 4 years ago I decided to put my pictures together and write a children’s book.  My first book was about the White Tailed Antelope Squirrel.  The book is called MARIGOLD.  This book was about a little squirrel that lived in a Cactus Patch and her name is Marigold.  The book is designed to teach children about the flowers, animals, & birds that live in the desert.  Marigold eventually finds the flower she was named after and her mother tells her, “This is the flower that makes me feel the happiest and that’s the way I felt the first time I saw you little face.”  The book ends with an educational section about the animals in the story.

     This was the beginning of my books.  All of my books are illustrated with my photographs.  I have four finished books on my web site and three more are in progress. The next book to finish in March 2011, is THE PUFFIN PARTY.  I went to Machias Island in Maine and photographed the Atlantic Puffin on a protected bird sanctuary.  It was totally magical.

   A year ago we went to Panama and I photographed the White Faced Monkey on a tropical Island in the Panama Canal.  This will be my 6th book called MONKEY ISLAND. I am presently working on a book for parents about how to assist their children in the educational process.  I believe that Parents and Schools should work together to give the child the best chance for success.  This book will guide parents through this process.  This will be an e-mail book and available on my web site to download.

     The photo’s do dictate the story.  I lay the photos out on my living room floor and look at them.  Finally a story comes to me and I arrange the pictures to fit a fun story, where the animals interact with each other.  I sometimes have to take other pictures to make the story work but usually the pictures tell the story themselves.  In Rudy the Roadrunner, I made a nest and put eggs in it because I could never have found a roadrunners nest.  I think it worked ok.

     The story in each of my books has an unspoken learning experience such as kindness, eating the right foods, friendship and safety etc.  The end of each book has an educational section.

     Eventually I would like to publish other authors.  I am looking at one now that is quite adorable.  It’s a children’s book. 

     As I explained before, teaching primary children gave me the experience and great opportunity, to see what children liked.  My stories were always their favorite stories and the ones they would ask me to repeat.  When I wrote the books,  I wanted children to see what animals really looked like.  I have such a love for looking into the face of an animal or a flower and seeing the marvelous world of creation that God has given us to enjoy.  I wanted children to see this as well.  Because of different beliefs I do not mention God in the books.  Parents can do this as they read to their children and blend the stories with their individual beliefs.

     My present projects are the puffin book and my e-book.  I hope to finish both in the next few weeks.  The book on education is a new idea that has come out of the unrest with the economy and changes in the schools.  This book is called FAST FORWARD YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION.

     I frequently meet young writers and I always tell them the same thing.  Start writing.  Don’t put it off the way I did.  You don’t need to take classes, even though it helps if you can.  Just write.. Read a lot and find the authors that you like.  I used to feel if I read too much I might sound like someone else.  If you write what you know about, that will not happen.  You must and you will, find your own voice.  I finally found out that reading is learning in many ways.  You will see sentence structure, how transitions are made and many basic writing principles that will move your writing forward.  In a poem that I wrote, one line says, “Life is a moment given in time, and Time is not ours to borrow.”  Time is a moment that moves so fast, don’t let it fly past you. 
     I belong to a Poetry group.  I write a lot of poems.  We evaluate each other’s poems and my poems are always better after I have taken them to this group.  I think new and old writers should be involved with some kind of writers group.  Other writers will see things you didn’t see and your writing will improve with a fresh perspective.  

     I just started a blog.  Look for me on Face book.  Friend me, JANICE LEASE, and go to my blog.  You can also e-mail me or  I will have more info on my web site.
  People ask me what age group enjoys my books the most?   I tell them 3yrs to 70yrs and older.  I have sold and signed books to all ages.  I have 3 & 4 year olds that their parents tell me my books are their favorite.  I have older people who need a larger type that love the books because they are interesting and they love the pictures.  Look at my books on my web site and see what you think. It was nice talking to you.  Jan Lease

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Video: Quotes by writers for writers

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Review: My twins are coming home

Title: My twins are coming home
Author: Paris Morris
Publisher: New Year Publishing LLC
ISBN: 978-0-9-760095-5-9

Reviewed by Jo Linsdell

The birth of siblings can be a difficult time for the first child especially if they are young themselves. In this book Paris Morris shows how the child will be just as eager to see the new arrivals are the rest of the family is and how therefore it is important to explain to them what's going on and make them feel included in the special event.

It also shows how relatives and friends can help to make them feel special whilst giving mummy and daddy time for the new babies.

The fact that it's written from the child's point of view will make it appealing to children and help them realise that their feelings are normal.

A nice book with colourful pictures that could be a useful tool for families.
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Self published book awards

19th Annual Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Awards 

Co-sponsored by Book Marketing Works, LLC


DEADLINE:  April 15, 2011

Win $3,000 in cash! Gain international exposure for your book! Catch the attention of prospective editors and publishers!
Writer's Digest is searching for the best self-published books of the past few years. Whether you're a professional writer, part-time freelancer, or a self-starting student, here's your chance to enter the only competition exclusively for self-published books!

ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be awarded $3,000 cash and a trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in New York City. The editors of Writer'sDigest will endorse and submit 10 copies of the Grand Prize-Winning book to major review houses. Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC will provide a one-year membership in Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), guaranteed acceptance in a special-sales catalog giving you national representation through 1800 salespeople selling to non-bookstore markets, guaranteed acceptance by Atlas Books, a top distributor to wholesalers, chains, independents, and online retailers, six hours of book shepherding from Poynter Book Shepherd Ellen Reid and a guaranteed review in Midwest Book Review.
10 FIRST-PLACE WINNERS will receive $1000 cash and promotion in Writer's Digest. In addition, Brian Jud & Book Marketing Works, LLC will provide a one-year membership in Small Publishers Association of North America (SPAN), a guaranteed review in Midwest Book Review, a one-year membership to Book Central Station where you can find lists of suppliers rated by previous clients, an ebook ofBeyond the Bookstore  by Brian Jud (with CD) and a copy of Grassroots Marketing for Authors and Publishers by Shel Horowitz.
Plus, all Grand Prize and First Place winners will receive promotion on the Writer's Digest Web site at, a copy of The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing, 4th Edition by Tom and Marilyn Ross, $100 worth of Writer’s Digest Books and a Notable Award Certificate.
HONORABLE MENTION WINNERS will receive promotion at, $50 worth of Writer's Digest Books and a Notable Award Certificate.
All other entrants will receive Certificates of Participation, a brief judge's commentary and a listing with a link on the Writer's Digest Web site, provided an accurate URL is provided.
  • Mainstream/Literary Fiction
  • Genre Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Inspirational (Spiritual, New Age)
  • Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs)
  • Children's/Picture books
  • Middle-Grade/Young Adult books
  • Reference Books (Directories, Encyclopedias, Guide Books)
  • Poetry
1. The competition is open to all English-language self-published books for which the authors have paid the full cost of publication, or the cost of printing has been paid for by a grant or as part of a prize.

You may register and pay online for faster service.
3. Entrants must send a printed and bound book. Entries will be evaluated on content, writing quality and overall quality of production and appearance. No handwritten books are accepted.
4. All books published or revised and reprinted between 2006 and 2011 are eligible. (Writer's Digest may demand proof of eligibility of semifinalists.)
5. All books must be accompanied by an Official Entry Form. Photocopies of the Official Entry Form are acceptable. You may enter more than one book and/or more than one category; however, you must include a separate book, entry form and the additional fee for each entry. 
6. Check, money order or credit card payment for the required judging fee of $100 for the first entry, $75 for each additional entry must accompany submissions.
7. All entries must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2011. All winners will be notified by October 14, 2011. If you wish to receive confirmation that your entry was received before the deadline, we recommend using certified mail or some other tracking method to send your entry.
8. Judges reserve the right to withhold prizes in any category. Judges reserve the right to recategorize entries.
9. Books which have previously won awards from Writers Digest are not eligible.
10. Employees of F+W Media, Inc. and Book Marketing Works, LLC and their immediate families are not eligible. Books published by Abbott Press are not eligible to participate.
11. Writer's Digest is not responsible for the loss, damage or return of any books submitted to the competition.
First entry: $100
Additional entries: $75 each
SEND books, entry forms and fees (if applicable) TO:
Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards
4700 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236

DEADLINE:  April 15, 2011

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How to easily share your site content

As a writer you should have a website or blog for showcasing your work and networking with the public. Obviously the more people that know about these sites and the content your putting out, the better.

Social media buttons help your readers share your content with others. Not everyone will use them but a large percentage of your visitors will and this will potentially generate more traffic to your site and those all important backlinks that will help your result on search engines.

There are lots of sites out there with free to use widgets that are easy and quick to install on your site. You just need to pick the style that best suits your site. Here's a few of the best:
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Video: How To Write A Script- 40 Plot Points For Feature Films

40 basic 3 Act Structure plot points for a feature film to make writing movie treatments a snap! Think up a few ideas for what might happen at each plot point from your opening Hook to your ending Climax. Based on the book "Developing Digital Short Films" (2004 New Riders / Peachpit) and "Writing A Great Script Fast" the new 20 hour DVD Workshop by Sherri Sheridan. DVD 12 has more information on the 40 Plot Points and is available at Amazon or

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Review: I'm having twins!

Title: I'm having twins!
Author: Paris Morris
Publisher: New Year Publishing LLC
ISBN: 978-0-9760095-4-2

Reviewed by Jo Linsdell

I'm having twins! is a lovely book with simple and colourful pictures that fill each page making it appealing to children.

It touches on the preparations that are made leading up to the birth of siblings like sleepovers at grandparents house (to prepare for when the babies arrive and might have to stay with them). It also covers the feelings the older child may feel towards the new arrivals like, will they have to share toys.

Not only a good book for preparing children but also for parents as it shows that daddy spends more quality time with the child so mummy can rest but also the things the child can do with mummy even though she's limited by the pregnancy.

I highly recommend this book for second time mums and their children.
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Interview with Rob Tobin

What genre do you write and why? 
My last two novels have been urban fantasy, the last one YA urban fantasy, though my screenplays tend a little more toward rom coms and some drama. I intentionally chose urban fantasy because of the popularity of the genre, but my most recent novel, that's in second draft now, is a drama with some dark comic overtones. Then there's my non-fiction, two published screenwriting books and a self-help book with a twist in second draft.

Tell us a bit about your book. 
"God Wars: Living with Angels" is a fusion of urban fantasy and horror, about the Witch in the Wheelchair, a young woman who was paralyzed as a teen from the waist down in a gang attack that also killed her parents. As a young adult she's a law school student when she meets a dark and mysterious professor who helps her gain magical powers through witchcraft. She then uses those powers to battle evil, but goes too far and accidentally opens the gates of hell, and starts a war with a demon she can't defeat, an angel she can't trust, and three-foot-tall aliens with really bad attitudes. She's got justice in her hands and she's really pissed off, but because of her own flaw, she now has to fight for the survival or Earth, and of her own soul. "God Wars: Living with Angels" is available as an eNovel from,, and for only $2.99 and the reviews have been great so far, except for one of two people who didn't like the language and sex scenes. So, deeply religious people beware, because I also tackle certain controversial issues such as religion in this novel, and I'm not sure that religion comes out completely unscathed, but the good news is that I go after all religions, not just the obvious targets, lol.

What is your target readership for this book? 
Fantasy, Urban Fantasy and horror fans. People who like a fast-paced, action filled, blockbuster movie kind of novel.

How did you research for this book?
I actually did research both psychic research and witchcraft in order to give the book a feeling of authenticity. As a recovering Catholic, I didn't have to really research the horror aspects too much, they came quite naturally, lol.

What other projects are you working on?
I have a Young Adult urban fantasy titled "Jo-Bri and the Two Worlds" that I'm shopping; a dramatic novel called "A Dollar Worth of Hope;" a self-help book with a twist titled "Enlighten This, Motherf*&^er;" a screenplay that's in first draft; and another script in the outlining stage. I'm also in discussions on several screenwriting assignments, so things are going extremely well and believe me I’m both humble and extraordinarily grateful. Right now, though, I'm most excited about "Jo-Bri and the Two Worlds," which has been compared to Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land," one of my all-time favorite SFF novels and which I really feel is the next big thing in urban fantasy, if only I can convince someone else of that, lol. I’ve had the book called “a unique idea brilliantly executed,” from a book industry pro I greatly admire, so now it’s finding the RIGHT person to feel that same way. I really do think it’s a best-seller waiting to be discovered, so a lot of my energy is going to find the right agent for that one, an agent who believes in the book and who will pitch it passionately to the right publishers.

What do you do when you're not writing? 
What? There's a time when I'm not writing?  Hm. Well, I guess I go to dinner with my lovely wife Leslie, on long walks with Leslie and our dog, watch movies, ski, zipline, go to the beach, and look for new houses to buy. We’ve got six of them so far, but haven’t found exactly the right one yet.

Where can people find out more about you and your work? Please do drop by and leave me a note. I love visitors!

Anything else you'd like to add? 
Yup, the book is fun, not meant to be a serious study of anything, it's a prius not a Mercedes, but that just means you can drive it in the diamond lane and get way better gas mileage out of it, lol. It's my first novel after spending the previous 20 years writing screenplays and non-fiction, but it's a fun book, so give it a shot. How bad can it be, for $2.99, lol, right? UNLESS you get offended by sex, a bit of foul language and a bit of a poke at religion, in which case you REALLY need to read this, have a drink and loosen up!!!

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Site of Interest : Writers Resources

This weeks site of interest is

This site has a wide variety of articles covering everything from Writing Good Dialogue to Marketing for Writers When Writing Just Isn't Enough.

It also contains a list of useful software packages for writers and authors and suggestions for useful books and e-books. The links section is also worth a visit as it contains links to some other resources for writers.

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Script Frenzy 2011

Script Frenzy is an international writing event in which participants take on the challenge of writing 100 pages of scripted material in the month of April. As part of a donation-funded nonprofit, Script Frenzy charges no fee to participate; there are also no valuable prizes awarded or "best" scripts singled out. Every writer who completes the goal of 100 pages is victorious and awe-inspiring and will receive a handsome Script Frenzy Winner's Certificate and web icon proclaiming this fact.
Even those who fall short of the word goal will be applauded for making a heroic attempt. Really, you have nothing to lose—except that nagging feeling that there's a script inside you that may never get out.
Script Frenzy in a Nutshell
The Challenge 
Write 100 pages of original scripted material in the 30 days of April. (Screenplays, stage plays, TV shows, short films, and graphic novels are all welcome.)
April 1-30
Free. We run on donations.
Everyone (worldwide) is welcome. No experience required.
Happiness. Creative juices. Pride. Laughter. Bragging rights. A brand-new script.
Sign up! Tell everyone that you are in the Frenzy. Get ready to start writing on April 1.
The 5 Basic Rules of Script Frenzy
The Rules
1) To be crowned an official Script Frenzy winner, you must write a script (or multiple scripts) of at least 100 total pages and verify this tally on
2) You may write individually or with a partner. Writing teams will have a 100-page total goal for their co-written script or scripts.
3) Scriptwriting may begin no earlier than 12:00:01 AM on April 1 and must cease no later than 11:59:59 PM on April 30, local time.
4) You may write screenplays, stage plays, TV shows, short films, comic book and graphic novel scripts, adaptations of novels, or any other type of script your heart desires.
5) You must, at some point, have ridiculous amounts of fun.

For more information visit
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Video: Storyboarding for Writers

Award-winning author and master writing instructor Mary Carroll Moore helps you take your novel, memoir, or nonfiction book from idea to print! 

Finally, sound, easy-to-follow advice on:

How a storyboard designs your book's flow of chapters and ideas

How to handle your book's creative tension
—and avoid writer's block

Why you can throw away your outline
—random writing leads to perfectly linked chapters

Mary Carroll Moore, M.A., MFAW, has been writing, teaching, and publishing since the 1970s. Her twelve published books include the novel Qualities of Light (Spinsters Ink, 2009), the memoir/self-help book How to Master Change in Your Life: Sixty-seven Ways to Handle Life's Toughest Moments (Eckankar Publications, 1999), and eight titles in the health and food genres including Cholesterol Cures (Rodale Press) and the IACP/Seagrams (Julia Child Award) winning Healthy Cooking (Ortho Publications).

Her forthcoming book on the craft of writing, Your Book Starts Here: Create, Craft, and Sell Your First Novel, Memoir, or Nonfiction Book, based on her "How to Plan, Write, and Develop a Book" writing workshops, will be released in 2011.

A former nationally syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times, Mary's essays, short stories, articles, and poetry have appeared in literary journals, magazines, and newspapers around the U.S. and have won awards with the McKnight Awards for Creative Prose, Glimmer Train Press, the Loft Mentor Series, and other writing competitions.
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