Tuesday News: Advice from the Authors Guild; the state of scientific research; movie, tv, and book adaptations
Robinson said The Authors Guild would not advise any author to stop writing for publications, but argued that an article by an author on a website may not lead to book sales. “I don’t know that anyone has figures on sales that result from this kind of writing (for free),” she said. “Everyone says, ‘get your name out there’, but does that really translate to connecting to the hard mental presence of the book? We want writers to recognise what is happening, to be aware of this trend, that writers themselves are contributing to the idea that their writing doesn’t deserve to be paid for.”
Robinson said there was “definitely a difference between how authors and other people are viewed”, adding: “The idea that software writers be well compensated and that their work should be protected but book writers’ should not . . . that’s a real problem.” The Authors Guild seeks to “protect and support” all authors, Robinson said, including independently and traditionally published writers. –The Bookseller
“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample sizes, tiny effects, invalid exploratory analyses, and flagrant conflicts of interest, together with an obsession for pursuing fashionable trends of dubious importance, science has taken a turn towards darkness.” (source)
This is quite distrubing, given the fact that all of these studies (which are industry sponsored) are used to develop drugs/vaccines to supposedly help people, train medical staff, educate medical students and more.
It’s common for many to dismiss a lot of great work by experts and researchers at various institutions around the globe which isn’t “peer-reviewed” and doesn’t appear in a “credible” medical journal, but as we can see, “peer-reviewed” doesn’t really mean much anymore. “Credible” medical journals continue to lose their tenability in the eyes of experts and employees of the journals themselves, like Dr. Horton. –Collective Evolution
Did you know that in 1982 King published a collection of four novellas called Different Seasons, and that three of them—“Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption,” “The Body,” and “Apt Pupil”—were adapted into films you’re probably familiar with. (“The Body” became Stand By Me; you should be able to figure out the other two.) So yes, the man deserves his own category. If you’re wondering how to make money as a fiction writer, just follow King’s example and have over 50 of your books developed into major motion pictures. Bow down. –Newsweek
Red’s Untold Tale (written by Wendy Toliver) is the latest title to join Once Upon a Time’s growing collection of books and graphic novels. Hyperion released Reawakened: A Once Upon a Time Tale in 2013. Marvel released its own graphic novel backstory collection for the Rumple (Robert Carlyle)-Belle (Emilie de Ravin) pairing that also stars Jefferson (Sebastian Stan), Killian (Colin O’Donoghue) and the Evil Queen (Lana Parrilla) — which included an exploration into her relationship with the Huntsman (Jamie Dornan). –Hollywood Reporter