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Meet Our 2015 Winner: David Sabbath

Davidsabbath thewriteroom.org winner grand prizeIntroducing our 2015 Grand Prize winner for Best Screenplay:

David Sabbath is a director/writer living in Columbus, Ohio.  His international and national commercials have received 57 advertising awards for his direction.  As the writer/director, his feature film God Don’t Make The Laws was awarded best picture at the 2012 LA Film and Video Festival.  For his writing, David has receive the New Star Award at the 2013 Madrid International Film Festival; Best Movie Script and Best New Writer at the 2012 American International Film Festival; Gold Award from the 2012 California Film Festival and was just accepted to the 2016 Pasadena Film Festival.

John Oliver Grades Donald Trump Scandals On Eve Of First Debate With Hillary Clinton

Making his return to HBO after winning the Emmy for Best Variety Talk Series on the eve of the 2016 first presidential debate – forecast to be watched by about 100M people –  John Oliver took a long look at the scandal history of the two candidates.
Both candidates’ rank so low on trust-o-meter this election is “The electoral equivalent of seeing someone puking so you start puking and then someone else is puking and pretty soon everyone is puking 2016,” Oliver began.
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Vampyres Giveaway by Artsploitation

HorrorNews.net and Artsploitation bring to you Vampyres DVD Giveaway!  Email joyhorror@msn.com with “Vampyres” in the subject line and then your full name and complete address in the body of the email.   Winners will be picked at random.  United States ONLY. In 1974, an English horror film titled VAMPYRES, written and directed by José Ramón Larraz …

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Fox Searchlight Launches Voter Registration Initiative For ‘Birth of a Nation’ Screenings

Fox Searchlight is launching a nationwide voter registration initiative to encourage Americans to vote. The company is aligning with theatre chains and voting organizations to hold voter enrolment  in theatre lobbies on September 27, National Voter Registration Day, prior to special promotional screenings of Nate Parker‘s The Birth of a Nation. Initiative will continue into the opening weekend of the film on October 7-9. The film’s stars Parker, Colman Domingo, Aunjanue…
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Matt LeBlanc In ‘Top Gear’ Driver’s Seat With Two-Season Hosting Deal

The BBC has confirmed that Matt LeBlanc will return to host Top Gear under a two-season deal. The first will air next year. LeBlanc co-fronted the most recent season of the flagship BBC Two motoring show with Chris Evans who abruptly departed in July. The next season, which is Cycle 24, will see LeBlanc joined by members of Cycle 23’s team, Chris Harris and Rory Reid, along with regular appearances from Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz and The Stig.
The Top Gear reboot this…
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3 Simple Tips for Better Communication With Your Writing Clients

Anyone who’s been in the freelance-writing game for any length of time has a horror story or two (or 10) about a client.

Maybe it’s multiple revision requests from some wayward editor who doesn’t know what they want, or perhaps it’s 30+ days post wrap-up and you’re still waiting to get paid. These debacles can often be prevented with some good old-fashioned communication.

I’ve played on both teams. By day I’m managing editor of the ClearVoice blog; by night and weekend, I’m in the trenches with y’all, making a little extra money to keep the dog in Alpo. Here’s my advice on how to improve communication with your editors and clients and, in turn, get fewer revision requests and more work.  

1. Never assume anything

Is it OK to write in the first person, or will only third person do? Do they want you to include images with your copy, or will they pull those themselves? Are they paying extra for you to promote it in your social channels, or is that rolled into the assignment price?

Don’t guess. Ask.

Get clarity on everything before you begin, and get it in writing. If you get hired with a phone call or meeting, send an email summarizing the scope of the project and ask for confirmation. Nail down such details as:

  • The type of content they want produced and the minimum/maximum word count
  • Who the audience is
  • Any links or keywords to include
  • Deadline, price, and how and when payment will be made
  • Tone and voice
  • Any brand and project guidelines
  • Will the content be ghostwritten or bylined?
  • Who the editor is (this is who you’ll work with the most) and how they prefer to communicate (email, phone, IM/Slack)
  • Any relevant resources/marketing materials that will help you better understand the subject matter
  • How many rounds of revisions are included in the price (two is industry standard)
  • Are you expected to promote the content on social?
  • And of course, make sure you understand what they want covered, including whether you’re expected to find an expert source

2. Ask for feedback (and give it in return)

Reasonable people want to know how and where they can improve. So if you’re a reasonable person, ask for feedback — and be a good sport when it arrives.

The more information you have about what you’re getting right and what you’re missing, the quicker you’ll learn exactly what the client wants. Editors love working with writers who can hit the mark on the first try. Once they’ve invested time in you and see you “get it,” the’ll likely want to use you on future projects.

Try not to be defensive or argumentative when the feedback rolls in, either. Take it graciously and ask questions, but don’t argue (unless it’s a ridiculous request, in which case, you have bigger problems).

Similarly, if you’re working with reasonable people and you have insight about how they could improve something on their end, don’t be afraid to give them honest (but tactful) feedback. But if you’re unsure about how your feedback would be received or if you’re overstepping your bounds in giving it, hold off.

3. Be yourself (just be smart about it)

Yes, you want to be professional. But you can be professional and have a personality. When I finally took off my “board room” face and was just me, it was like breathing a huge sigh of relief. My clients responded in kind, and it helped us form a relationship.

You know there’s a caveat, right? Here it is: Be you, but be you within the confines of good taste. If the real you curses like a trucker or doesn’t like to wear a bra, may I suggest you skip this tip. But if the real you sticks an emoji at the bottom of an email, why not? Everyone appreciates authenticity.

Ditto for disclosing personal things about yourself. Appropriate self-disclosure strengthens bonds with clients — so if you’ll be back online after you pick up your kid from softball practice, say so. Again, “decorum” is the key word here. People want to work with people they like and view as genuine.

How have you formed relationships with your freelance-writing clients?

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Alice Cooper, Twisted Sister, and Hailstorm headline Rock Carnival in Lakewood, NJ

HorrorNews.Net proud to partner with Adrenaline PR this 9/30 to 10/2 in Lakewood, New Jersey for ROCK CARNIVAL featuring Alice Cooper, Twisted Sister, and Hailstorm. With less than two weeks remaining until the kick-off of the second annual ROCK CARNIVAL, the official day-to-day carnival and festival schedule has been released. See below for a full …

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Film Review: Violent Shit 4 (Karl the Butcher vs Axe) (2010)

SYNOPSIS: In a war torn post-apocalyptic future, Karl the Butcher faces off against a new ultra-violent serial killer, dubbed Axe REVIEW: If non-stop, over the top blood and violence with a hefty side of raucous humor is your thing, then let me introduce you to horror/splatter director Andreas Schnaas. Since the early 90’s, Schnaas has …

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Film Review: Seize the Night (short film) (2015)

SYNOPSIS: Renegade vampire assassin Eva has escaped from a secret bio-research compound. Hell bent on revenge she learns a terrible secret that may force her to unite with the devil she knows in order to defeat the greatest of all evils. REVIEW: More short films! Today we have a short from the UK titled SEIZE …

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Trailer: Virgin Hunters 2

Unsatisfied by her LEX 500 sex robot, Mega-Conglomerate overlord and Supreme Commander of the World Alliance, Camella Swales, has banned all forms of sex.  The future is a serene and productive place, but no one is getting it on!  The world is full of virgins and the government has laced the food with passion suppressants.  …

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