Social Media Phobic? Facebook is (Still) Your Friend

Social Media Phobic? Facebook is (Still) Your Friend

by Sharon Bially on August 24, 2018

The news about Facebook’s embroilment in a data-harvesting-cum-political scandal kind of makes us all want to unfriend the platform for good. For sure, our collective conscience would be cleaner and we’d all be a lot less distracted without it. Some of us would probably even feel a vengeful twinge of self-righteousness seeing Zuckerberg and his cohorts caught at last with the smoking gun that proves their invention is not only bad for us, but just … Continue reading Social Media Phobic? Facebook is (Still) Your Friend

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Your Book, the Movie: Interview With a Hollywood Producer

by Sharon Bially on September 6, 2017

Seeing your book on the silver screen: it’s a universal dream, one that nearly every novelist I’ve worked with has confided that they harbor.  Barely a day goes by when an author does not ask me whether I have any Hollywood connections who could help them get a foot in the door. Sure, I have some loose contacts in “The Industry.”  A screenplay writer here, a director there, a financial VP.  But that doesn’t mean … Continue reading Your Book, the Movie: Interview With a Hollywood Producer

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Learning to Outsource and Then Let Go

by Sharon Bially on May 9, 2017

In a few weeks I’ll be leading a session with independent editor Nicola Kraus at Grub Street’s annual Muse and the Marketplace writers conference, on “Outsourcing for Writers.” When we first pitched the idea to Grub Street, the conference organizer confessed that the idea “freaked [him] out a bit.” After all, writing is such a solitary endeavor and as writers we like to think we can — and should — do everything ourselves, every step of … Continue reading Learning to Outsource and Then Let Go

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