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Jurgen Wolff
London most of the time, Southern California some of the time
Interests: Books, theatre, films, drawing and painting, cartooning, animation, conversation, travel, photography, fitness, marketing, graphic design.
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There are various ways you could lose, although it's possible you won't. I suggest you have another look at the Writer Beware post about this company, including the more recent comments: If you go with them, please let me know how you get on. Do they try to upsell you additional services beyond the $480? For instance, they have been asking people to pay $1800 to have their book "featured" at the Frankfurt Book Fair, which usually means a few copies of your desk would be on their display table. Do they do any marketing beyond listing your book on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, which anybody can do for free? Are they open about the fact that some of the company executives apparently are not using their real names? Will they confirm whether their "offices" in Atlanta actually consists of a mailbox rented from Soho Office at that address? And how are your sales figures?
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on Beware of LitFire Press at Time to Write
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I've written before about the fact that it's easy to make hard decisions for our future selves...but when we arrive at that point, our present self doesn't stick to the plan. For instance, it's easy to decide right now that... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Time to Write
I finally caught up with the film, Spotlight, on a plane trip from Los Angeles to London. It won the 'best picture' Academy Award this year. Sure, the acting was good, the story was important, and it was well directed,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Time to Write
I've been looking at a number of web series lately and have been impressed by the level of professionalism of many of them. There are series based on just about any topic or situation you can imagine, but some seem... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Time to Write
In the 48 Hour Film Project, teams are given that amount of time to make a short film incorporating several elements that aren't revealed until just before the event starts. These include a genre, a character, a prop, and a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2016 at Time to Write
What if you woke up one morning to find that your blog had disappeared? Do you have it backed up? Are you sure? I read about an artist to whom this happened and not only didn't he back up his... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Time to Write
A study confirms what we already know: hardly anybody actually reads those lengthy terms and conditions you have to agree to before you can download an app or join a social media or other site. Here's how MediaPost summarized the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at Time to Write
The Upworthy Generator is a tool that comes up with the kinds of clickbait headlines you see online all the time. It creates a headline and an image that actually has nothing to do with the headline. It's not that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at Time to Write
Nothing's wrong with working at the post office, unless it's the opposite of what you want to do. For somebody who works at the post office, the idea of life as a free-lancer with no security would be just as unwelcome. My point wasn't that people who work at the post office are not successful, but rather that the reality is that if you chase your dream but you never reach it, at some point you may have to find something more secure, even if that's not your preference.
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2016 on the truth about failing at Time to Write
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A feeling of having no control over a situation has been identified as one of the main sources of stress...which is a good reason to find ways to put your character into situations in which he or she has no... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at Time to Write
“All good ideas start out as bad ideas, that’s why it takes so long.” Stephen Spielberg To which I would add: if you think your first draft is really, really, really good...oh oh. Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at Time to Write
I gave a talk to a writers' group this morning and one of the things that came up is the mindset that writers and artists often have. My graphic representation is: I call it the supplicant mindset. Because writers and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at Time to Write
Is willpower something you just have or don't have, or it is something that we have in a certain quantity that diminishes over the course of a day, as we use it? Today I read an account of a study... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at Time to Write
Sometimes a scene in a screenplay or novel just sits there, not doing what it's supposed to. It's an experience I've had more than once, and here are three things that I've found helpful. iMAGINE CUTTING THE SCENE If you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at Time to Write
Here's a quote from an article in the Toronto Globe and Mail: "People who take long-acting opioids for chronic pain are much more likely to die than those taking other medications, according to a study published ..." And here I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at Time to Write
Normally brainstorming is all about generating ideas as fast as you can, not judging them as they come up (write them all down), and later assessing which ones are worth pursuing. A different approach is catching on, according to an... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2016 at Time to Write
Let's look at a few word mix-ups to avoid. First, here's part of the text for an ad for a speech to text program: Are you looking for dictation software with maximum versatility and functionality? Look no further than the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Time to Write
Here's a good strategy for making it less likely that hackers will be able to access your password by guessing the answers to your security questions: lie. I read that the hacker who got into Hilary Clinton's account had a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2016 at Time to Write
There are lots of things you can ask yourself when creating three-dimensional characters for your novel or screenplay, but one of the best was suggested in a New York Times essay on marriage: We seem normal only to those who... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at Time to Write
"LOST IN SPACE" -gif by Geoff Keough ( AND OTHER DAYS, LIKE THIS: JAM - gif by Pedro Piccinini Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at Time to Write
The director Luc Besson (Fifth Element) is using Instagram to document every step of making his next film, Valerian. The movie is based on the graphic novel Valerian and Laureline, and it's a sci-fi tale in which the title characters... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at Time to Write
The TV show VEEP has created an off-screen world for its viewers to play in. It could serve as a model for a fiction author wanting to market their novel and keep their readers engaged, especially if the book in... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at Time to Write