JOANNA ELM, Author, Journalist, Attorney

November 18, 2017
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So You Think You Can Be A Journalist? It’s Not That Easy

Twice this week I was flummoxed, maybe even a little miffed, by things I heard about the craft of writing (specifically screenwriting) and journalism (specifically investigative journalism.) In the latter case, I received an email from Brad at MasterClass and … Continue reading

November 11, 2017
by joanna
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A Week (of edits and revisions) In The Sun

Sometimes, it’s good to have a change of scenery — even if your writing has to come with you. I’m into edits and revisions on Book 3 at the moment. It’s a stage that lends itself particularly well to lounging … Continue reading

November 4, 2017
by joanna
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Why Literary Agents Asked For – Then Rejected – My Novel : One Author’s Story

You’ve finally typed “The End” on the fifth, seventh, tenth draft of your manuscript. It’s as good as you can make it. Now what? As most writers know, finding a literary agent is the necessary first step to getting a … Continue reading

October 21, 2017
by joanna
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How To Get You (And Your Novel) Into The Headlines

In all the chatter among self and traditionally published authors about how to get your novel noticed by the book-reading public, one method has gotten short shrift lately. I’m talking about getting some media attention as in getting your novel … Continue reading

October 14, 2017
by joanna
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How To Write A Screenplay In 42 Days : One Author’s Story

One of the best things that can happen to a writer is to have a novel or screenplay made into a movie or TV series. The next best thing –almost– is to hear your dialog (over which you laughed, cried, … Continue reading