Ep. 4 – The Agent-Writer Relationship w/ Carrie Howland & Cat Scully

Play Episode 4 of the Wordy South Social Hour below or click here to download it. It’s no secret that Donadio & Olson agent Carrie Howland is one of our favorites at Crossroads. (We are secretly plotting to keep her.) Likewise,  we quickly became fans of writer/novelist/illustrator Cat Scully, who we first met in 2012 as a Crossroads scholarship recipient. Her story is pretty amazing. In this episode of the Wordy South Social Hour, they talk about the relationship between a writer and an agent, how theirs came to be and what work lays...
X-O Manoawesome: interview with Robert Venditti

X-O Manoawesome: interview with Robert Venditti

Rachel: How does working in digital, something you did for the first time in The Surrogates: Case Files, change the collaboration of a writer and artist? Is it essentially the same process or are there some aspects that alter? How does it improve upon the traditional methods? ROBERT VENDITTI: Brett Weldele and I have a done two graphic novels with each other, so our process is pretty established.  It also helps that Brett handles all of the art himself—even the lettering—so it’s really just the two of us working with Chris Staros at Top Shelf (publisher of The Surrogates).  I will say that the content of The Surrogates: Case Files lends itself well to the digital format, and Brett’s style, particularly his unique color palette, really shines on a screen.  There’s this one page in the first issue where he draws a dusting of fall leaves, and the colors really pop.  It’s one of my favorite moments.   Rachel:  You recently began publishing your first month by month, working on X-O Manowar.  How does this sort of quick production and historical sci-fi/fantasy aspect change your style of writing? How does it determine your research process? VENDITTI: Writing for a monthly book is a big change from the graphic novel writing I’m accustomed to doing.  There are always multiple issues in various stages of production, which took getting used to, since I tend to be a linear writer.  With a monthly book, there’s also a need to reorient the reader every issue—without making it read like you’re reorienting them—and I’m still learning how to do that as effectively as I...
Don’t Be Boring: the Susannah Breslin interview

Don’t Be Boring: the Susannah Breslin interview

When we at Crossroads HQ asked Makenna Johnston to interview writer Susannah Breslin, it wasn’t just because they’re both so damn tall. They share another important factor. Mak is not, as us Southerners are sometimes wont to say, “from here,” but this big-minded outsider has made a home here and at the same time, made it a safer place for cool ideas to flourish. Like giving Macon its own licensed TED Talk conference this past spring. As a writer, Susannah Breslin has made her name working on the outskirts, showing us the other side of people who dwell on the fringe. And from the same pen also flows career advice for Forbes.com and INC.com. She is an expert on the “Gig Economy”—the cultural shift from steady jobs to off-shift and temporary positions, freelance, etc—and the lessons she offers extend beyond the nuts and bolts about how a writer can function in this era. WANT TO LEARN MORE FROM SUSANNAH? IN-PERSON? REGISTER FOR THE FREELANCERS SUMMIT. Yes, for freelancers, Susannah is a gold vein of heady knowledge, but take a step back and you’ll see that a lot of her advice is just as valuable for writers of fiction, screenplays, memoirs, comics and poems as it is for bloggers and magazine writers. When you finish reading this interview with Susannah, check out her website and explore her work. Without further ado… Makenna: Freelancing is a tough gig, we all know this.  Your piece “Why You Shouldn’t be A Writer” is brilliant. But, if you could give a prospective freelancer a single piece of advice (other than, ‘don’t do it’) what...
The Secret to Writing by Chuck Wendig

The Secret to Writing by Chuck Wendig

Novelist/blog guru/screenwriter/bearded gent Chuck Wendig knows the “secret to writing” and in this quick-hitting video, he shares it with you–TWICE! (Double your fun…) Best yet, the secret is writing and doesn’t involve drinking unicorn blood (you have to watch the video). TO GET MORE DELICIOUS TIPS FROM WRITERS LIKE CHUCK AND SAVE BIG ON REGISTRATION CLICK...
For the young who want to

For the young who want to

A friend of Crossroads shared this beautiful poem by Marge Piercy with us on Facebook, and it just hit home for us. Too often so-called aspiring writers are led astray by thinking about the fame, the attention–we are aspiring to the wrong thing. Likewise, too often we forget that writers write, that a whole lot of work goes into it before–if ever–the praise comes. So put your nose back on that grindstone and keep writing. It’s work and you just don’t have the luxury of waiting for the world’s approval. Write for the sake of writing, for telling stories and communicating things that you can’t express otherwise. Remember these closing lines: Work is its own cure. You have to like it better than being loved. Read the full poem, “For the young who want to,” here at the Poetry Foundation. We’ll see you in October! REGISTER HERE FOR CROSSROADS, A CONFERENCE FOR CREATIVE...