Stephanie Bourbon: How To Use Acting Techniques for Writing

In this installment of her web series writing tips, Stephanie Bourbon hits us with one of the most important – yet little known – elements successful TV and film writers use – writing from the POV of the actors who will be saying our words. And guess what? It works for writing fiction intended for publication as well.

That’s right, kids, actors are more than a necessary evil. They’re the reason  TV and film writers exist, and, to quote a wonderful line from a wonderful stage play, “Attention must be paid!”

Let Stephanie tell you how and why.

Stephanie’s YouTube Channel is HERE

And her website chock full of further instruction is HERE

Former Larry Brody student Stephanie Olivieri Bourbon has found great success as a writer and illustrator. Now she’s branching out into video with a series of extremely helpful ones about – surprise! – writing and illustrating.

7 Reasons to Create a Web Series

Everybody’s got to start somewhere, and we here at TVWriter™ are very grateful to ScriptMag.Com for posting  very handy guide to web series creation.

via ScriptMag

Don’t Know How to Start a Web Series? Award-winning web series creator, Rebecca Norris, gives her expert advice in our FREE download! Download Your Free Copy of Creating a Web Series 101 Now!

1. Get your TV pilot idea off the ground.

If you have a TV show idea and can’t get noticed by a network, take your TV pilot and break it into mini episodes of two-minute, bite-sized bits. Season one of your web series is your entire pilot episode! Send the series link out with your one sheet when pitching networks to prove your idea has value.

2. The price is right.

Creating a web series is extremely low cost compared to creating a TV series. Crowdfunding is the most popular way to get the funds to produce your web series. Your backers then become your audience and will help spread the word when your webseries launches! Plus creating the campaign pitch video gives people a taste for what your webseries will look like.

3. Build your audience and brand.

Making a web series is a great way to be able to supply a constant stream of storytelling to a huge online audience. In less time than making a pilot, you can create and launch new material that keeps your audience coming back and wanting more. Your fans will keep coming back to support your work, and in turn will look forward to any bigger projects you create, like feature films. Learning how to make a web series is part of establishing your brand as a filmmaker and storyteller.

4. Break the rules.

You are your own boss. No network limitations. Just don’t break the video sharing website’s terms of agreements and you’re set….

Read it all & download Rebecca Norris’s pdf guide at


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by Bob Tinsley


Why should you be interested in making audio fiction? Why should you be interested in making podcasts? Discoverability, that’s why.

The meaning of the word podcast is evolving to include any episodic, audio-only production whether nonfiction or fiction. Google now makes podcasts searchable, especially if they have transcripts (and why wouldn’t they). More people are using voice search, and voice search returns audio results.

Agents and major studios have started trawling through podcasts and ttheir creators for new content and talent. So PAY ATTENTION! Here’s the latest news.


Dr. Death, which we talked about last week, advanced to 73rd in the iHeart Radio Top 100 Podcasts and moving up.


If you needed any further proof that the Entertainment Industry pays attention to podcasts, the Austin Film Festival includes a Fiction Podcast track for at least the second year and maybe the third, I don’t remember. The conference happens October 24th through the 31st, 2019, in Austin, Texas.

They have invited Lauren Shippen, creator of the podcast The Bright Sessions, now in development as a TV series, to speak, among many others. In the Film Festival’s words,

In October, we’re going to bring some of the most creative minds in this emerging industry to you in Austin and let you hear for yourself about the art of writing a story for an acoustic medium, and about the need for great writers who will boldly go where few have gone before (emphasis mine).


The Infinite Noise: Interview with Lauren Shippen.

In addition to writing an audio fiction podcast series for Marvel comics, she talks about the novels she’s writing based on The Bright Sessions. This is called multiple income streams. It’s also called Licensing Out.

This happens when you are able to retain the copyright for your own work, which doesn’t happen in TV or movies. You do not write a book, a short story, or a script. You produce a piece of licensable Intellectual Property, and you better start thinking about it that way.


The Outlier Podcast Festival will be held in Los Angeles at Astroetic Studios, 224 E. 11th St, Suite 700 STE A & B, on September 13th and 14th. One of the sessions is titled, “Going Hollywood: Get Your Podcast Optioned By a Network or Studio.”

There will be five keynote speakers and 34 presenters in three tracks, Business and Marketing, Creative and Storytelling, and Tech and Innovation. The speakers will be podcasters and podcast network executives. There will be plenty of opportunities for networking.


In an article on Medium titled Three Ways To Survive Podcasting’s Existential Crisis, Tom Webster, Senior Vice President of Edison Research, presents a lot of data about how podcasting is changing along with some solid advice on how to make sure your podcast gets discovered.

Podcast listeners who once subscribed on dedicated websites or podcast clients such as iTunes or Podcast Addict now roam from Spotify and Pandora to FaceBook to YouTube and Instagram.

His advice: “You have to put success in your way, BE where they are, LIVE where they are, and have a plan to LOVE where they are.”


How To Make Money With A Podcast: Monetisation 101.

This article provides a terrific overview of one of the greatest questions of our time. Podcastwise at least. It starts with what you need to have in place before you start monetizing and walks you through all the options with lots of detail.

Unsurprisingly, the article recommends that you build relationships within the community as one of the very first things to do. Sound familiar?

You also get some guidance on one of the most frequently asked questions among new podcasters like the very popular “When do I start monetizing?”

Some of this article applies just to nonfiction podcasters, but I know many successful audio fiction podcasters who would, and have, given the same suggestions. This article will save you a lot of time.


How To Listen To Audio Fiction.

This article from Monkeyman Productions covers everything from what audio fiction is to how to find podcasts that interest you. Monkeyman switched from producing theater to producing audio fiction last year. An interesting choice.


August 2019 Audio Drama/Fiction Podcast Debut Releases.

A compilation of all the new audio fiction podcasts that began in August. Oodles and gobs of goodness here; everything from science fiction to mystery to mockumentary to romance to fantasy. If you like genre fiction this is the place to go.


September is International Podcast Month. IPM 2019 has its own webpage. Check it out.


For those of you on the East Coast, PodTales: A Festival of Audio Drama and Fiction Podcasting will take place in Cambridge, MA, on October 20, 2019.

Many of the biggest names in audio fiction will be there and available for schmoozing. Admission is free, so if you’re in the area, no excuses.


The Other F Word: What is Foley in the 21st Century?

If you don’t know what foley is and what it can do for you, it’s time to learn. And you can do it here.


Helping Your Discoverability: It’s Time For A Website.

It’s all about discoverability, a word that a lot of people shout out, but few know the hows. These people know. The article tells you in a short, chatty form what you absolutely need to have on the website for your show.


How Often Should I Release New Podcast Episodes?

This article gives a good background on a perennial question. Bottom line: consistency builds trust.

If you have to record and produce the entire season of your show before releasing the first episode to ensure a regular release schedule, do it. You won’t be the only one.

So, until next week, same Bat-time, same Bat-channel, keep listening and keep creating.

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How To Turn Your Book Into A Podcast

Makoto Tokudome walks us through a thoroughly modern yet incredibly important set of steps in book marketing. As another TVWriter™ minion said when we talked about this post, “Maybe we should call it, “Podcasting Your Book for Fun and Profit.”

by Makoto Tokudome

Are you a self-published author? Are you looking to get your book into other mediums such as audio?

Do you wish someone would narrate your book? Wouldn’t it be great to be able to turn your book chapters into podcast episodes?

Well, by using some free online tools, now you can!

I’ve put together this comprehensive tutorial to walk you through the process I used to turn the chapters of my book into a podcast. You can check out my example here.

In a nutshell, I used Amazon’s Polly text-to-speech (TTS) service to create MP3’s of my book chapters. And then used Anchor FM to create and publish the audio as podcast episodes.

The idea of creating podcast episodes out of a book was inspired by Mark Coker and his podcast episodes of his Book Marketing Guide book.

*Caveat – Although text-to-speech (TTS) technology is quite impressive, my understanding is that Audible/ACX and other vendors still require audiobooks to be narrated by a human.

So What Can We Do With Our Text-to-Speech Audio Files?

1. You can create a podcast

2. You can use the audio files of your book to be a lead magnet. Give your audio files as a free audiobook download in exchange for email signups.

What is Amazon Polly?

Amazon Polly is a text-to-speech service that can convert text into audio speech. Text-to-speech technology has been around for some time. You may have even used it on your Mac or Apple device.

But up until recently the technology has usually produced halted, robotic voices. But Amazon Polly is able to create more lifelike speech that is quite impressive.

Amazon Polly currently offers this service in 26 different languages (e.g., English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish, etc.).

I chose the male voice “Brian” with British English to narrate my book chapters. (Listen to a sample.) You can sign up for an account here.

Take a look at the pricing. My understanding is that you can request up to 5 million characters (i.e. not words) a month for free, and then $4.00 for each additional million characters….

Read it all at

Cord Cutting Q & A – 5 Common Cord Cutting Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

Cord Cutters News’ Luke Bouma gives us a heads-up about what not to expect – and not to do – when you move forward into what appears to be the inevitable future of Home Electronic Entertainment.

By which we mean the home entertainment medium formerly known as – yeppers! – TV.

If you’d rather read this info than sit and listen and watch, the article you want is HERE

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