what i want for christmas

December 17, 2012

Max Adams and The New Screenwriter's Survival Guide

Want to know how to win a $375 class for a hundred bucks?  Then this deal is for you.  Read on —

I want my book The New Screenwriter’s Survival Guide to fly. That means, people need to buy the book.  And —

I am not above bribery here to make that happen.

So here is the deal for you.

IF YOU BUY 3 DIGITAL COPIES OF MY BOOK FOR THE HIGHLY REASONABLE PRICE OF $9.99 each, I WILL GIVE YOU A FREE SIGNED HARD COPY when the book hits print in 2013 — all postage paid in the US.

[Non-US peeps, sorry, I cannot predict roving post charges you are excluded. The hard copy is planned for March 2013 but could slip.]


That is a $375 class for around a hundred bucks.  What a steal.


[The 10 books/free class offer is open to international peeps. The class is dependent on open seating, if seats are full, you have to pick another class. It must be a 2013 class. Also this does not include Structural Writing unless you are a former student already approved for the class. Structural Writing is the hardest class and no one is allowed to take it without taking at least one other class first.]

Purchases must be made through Amazon [Kindle] or directly from the Book Site’s “Where to Buy” Page [iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, Nook].

[That means order directly through the above linked Amazon page or directly through the above linked book’s “where to buy” Paypal form, period the end.]

The AFW classes are $375, so that ten books deal is a damn good deal. And I bet you know ten writers. Who will thank you for the book so you will get all sorts of clout and karma points for gifting it to them at Christmas.

The hard copy is not priced yet but is most likely going to be between $20.00 – $25.00.


*How to redeem your purchase for a free hard cover or class: Hit the AFW contact page and send us an email with “3 purchases” or “10 purchases” in the subject line. We will email you back requesting a copy of your receipt and giving you an address to send that to.

*Cut off date: December 31st.

*Rules & Restrictions: This is only redeemable once per buyer. You must provide a receipt that shows proof of purchase. If you return your items later we will know and hate you and you will lose the class. Books may be gifted or donated in any way you choose but may not be sold online — if that happens and we catch you and we will catch you, you lose the class. Purchases must be made through either the Book Site or Amazon. Non-US residents may not participate in or redeem the three book deal. The ten book deal is open to all, including non-US citizens, but does not include Structural Writing unless you are a former student approved for Structural Writing and if a chosen class is already full, the participant must choose a later class during the year. Classes and books must be claimed during 2013.

*photo credit: :::chesher cat:::

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like THIS

December 12, 2012



“Likes” drive the world now.  Every once in a while I will post on Facebook or on Twitter, It would help if you guys go like my book on Amazon.

I get weird responses.  “Max, don’t they have to read the book!  What are you doing!  Soliciting wrong likes!?”

Oh feck off.  Over 50,000 people read the first book.  I know this because my editor called and congratulated me on the third print run and the book stayed available to book stores through AT LEAST two more print runs, though I never heard about those because by then my editor was gone [probably for telling writers how many prints runs they had] and Time Warner Books paperwork has never, to this day, reflected more than a first print run.  [In other words, I never got paid. And you wonder why I am self publishing this time, right?]

David Trottier comes out with new editions of The Screenwriter’s Bible.  And I go like them.  Do I read every single one of them?  No.  I read David’s original books and I am just happy to see he’s still putting out new versions.

William Martell came out with a new edition of The Secrets of Action Screenwriting.  Have I read it?  No.  I read the first one.  I kept recommending it except it was out of print.  So.  I’m just really happy a new edition is available so  I can tell my students to go get it.

And there is another aspect to “liking.”  It’s not always about being some critic who read the book and line edited it and pontificated over it and went crazy evaluating it.  Sometimes, you like a book because you know the author is good and you support the author.  The end.  I can’t read every book a student or workshopper or friend writes.  I just can’t.  I am spread too thin to read everything.  But I am often there during the initial stages when they are first writing them, I know what talent and work and craft went in there.  And I show up and like the book, whether I have time to read the final version or not, because —

[Pay attention to these words.]





Go like my book dammit.



Guerrilla Tactics: Interview With Author & Screenwriter Max Adams
(December 10, 2012)

~ by Nancy Bilyeau

In the middle of attempting to write my first screenplay, I bought a paperback called The Screenwriter’s Survival Guide: Or, Guerrilla Meeting Tactics and Other Acts of War, by Max Adams. It was a fast, smart read, very funny, with an insider’s wisdom about how to get off the ground as a screenwriter.

Max, I learned, had won the two hottest screenwriting contests—the Nicholl Fellowship and Austin Film Festival—in the same year, sold a spec script for real money that made it onto the big screen, and scored a whole bunch of studio assignments. She also taught writing, and so when I saw her name in the faculty list for Gotham Writer’s Workshop online, I jumped.

Max has taught me an incredible amount on writing visually, creating characters and plotting. Before I took a swerve into fiction, I got pretty far with the Nicholl myself, reaching semi-finalist twice, and getting some producers to read my scripts. Who knows? Someday one of those stories could be at a movie screen near you.

The New Screenwriter's Survival Guide;  Or, Guerrilla Meeting Tactics and Other Acts of war by screenwriter Max AdamsNow Max is back with an updated version of her book The New Screenwriter’s Survival Guide. This is not one of those cases where the author wrote a few new paragraphs for the Introduction. Max overhauled her book, making it even more useful and on target. Chapters range from “What You Really Get Paid” to “Writer Speak Versus Mogul Speak.”

I chased her down–no easy feat–and persuaded her to submit to an interview on her new book. I’ve met Max in person as well as participated in her invite-only online workshops, and, well, Max has a conversational style like no other, one I wanted the blogosphere to experience. As you can see from this photo, she’s not shy. What you can’t see is she swears by killer shoes — :::continue reading:::

meme winners yay!

December 5, 2012



Oh yez, we have meme winners. Yay! Go see.

Also, as of now the book is up on Barnes & Noble and Kobo and going up next on Amazon [expect that by Thursday]. We will see how long iBooks takes, word on the street is iBooks is pretty slow. But —

If you do not want to wait on Amazon and iBooks loading, if you want the book now, you can order it direct and get it email today: :::buy_the_book:::


*Confused? Don’t know what book we are talking about? Freak! We are talking about The New Screenwriter’s Survival Guide.


magic tricks

December 3, 2012


book_designYou don’t actually appreciate —

What goes into book design until you have done it. You don’t even appreciate it as an author, because if someone else is publishing the book, someone else is doing all sorts of things you never thought to consider. You look at the cover with no clue all the thought and technique that goes into cover design, you are just thinking, do you like how it looks? You don’t think about things like choosing a page size, and a print size, and a font, and choosing ways to open the chapters with interesting markings or text or headers. Or what kind of paper to use. And how thick that will make the book so how wide the spine has to be. Which will determine the spine design. Or spacing the text on the page. You don’t think about any of this stuff you just sort of take it for granted.


You build your own book.

Holy Mother of God that was work.

And now I have been sending copies out to people who pre-ordered the iBook (Kindle people stay frosty, it is coming) and people keep saying, That is so cool congratulations on the book. And part of me is gratified and says thanks. And part of me wants to yell, Who cares, did you see what it looks like!? Isn’t it pretty!?

Because to me, since I hunted for and found fonts and did page lay out and chapter header lay out and cover design and then needed help with that layout just to be sure so worked more on that and also decided how big to make the first letter in every first sentence in a chapter opening so it would stand out and what colors to use and then chose to justify these things just this way and —

All the stuff I would normally take for granted, I just did here and can no longer take for granted because now I know. And now I sit here paging through the book on the iPad marveling at what it looks like and over the fact all those choices finally came together and actually worked in the book and it is pretty, dammit. At least to me.

But no one else will see and get that unless he or she has designed and self published his or her own book.

But maybe that is the magic of publishing. Maybe it is like writing. If you do it right, people don’t need to understand the technique and magic behind the scenes, they just have to see it really works. And really, people only notice the magic technique when there is something wrong and the trick doesn’t work.


*You too can pre-order the book and get it before it hits iBooks, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.


we have book

December 1, 2012


Trav_PBOOK006And the book is —

Shipping. Yay! The eBook for iPad and Nook shipped out today for all pre-orders. It will be a few days before it shows up on the Barnes & Noble and iBook sites — they are loading but there is an approval and waiting process so —

If you want the book right now, no waiting, go to the book’s website and order the book direct. And it will magically appear in your inbox before anyone else out there even has a clue. (You are so smart.)

The Kindle version of the book for Amazon is still in production, I am saying that will be coming out on or before December 15th, just to be safe. But if everything goes the way it is supposed to, that is actually shipping Tuesday. Again, it takes a few days for the book, once loaded on Amazon, to show up for sale on Amazon, but you can jump that fence by (tell me if you have heard this before) going to the book’s website and ordering the book direct. In which case, it will come to you in your email inbox. Yay!

There is no hard copy book. That is a 2013 project.

In the meantime, go get the book. Yay!



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