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When you think of “clean reads,” do you immediately picture a handsome knight rescuing a gorgeous damsel, placing her gracefully atop his snowy white steed, and trotting off to their standing-room-only wedding by the sea? Do you think of fairy tales in which good conquers all, true love never dies, and beauty (even if disguised at first) is the ultimate sign of virtue?

A story is simple. Writing one is not. I work as a screenwriter in Los Angeles, collaborating with authors to adapt their books into television pilots and feature film screenplays. My fellow screenwriters label me a book snob, while most authors I work with call me an evil bastard.

Whether you’re old at heart like me, and go into the reference section of the library every year to check the latest edition of “The Writer’s Market,” or whether you’re a normal person and find sources online, an important part of the writing process is figuring out appropriate places to submit your work.  Which means you have to look at a magazine’s or publisher’s submission guidelines.  I’d s

With that dreaded word (and date) creeping up for U.S. citizens, and my overseas friends no doubt sick of hearing us moan and bitch about the tax man, I thought this month’s column would be about the tax business of writing. Now full disclosure: I am terrible with numbers. But I do run my own business, and I’ve seen a lot of my author friends do the same with their writing career.

As a cover artist who works with both independent authors and authors who are contracted with publishing houses (some big, some not so big), I’ve read plenty of opinions about the perils and rewards of one way or another path to publication.

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