I just can’t seem to get enough of the stage . . . and the death that is Girl Scout cookies.
Come watch me play a 12-year-old hipster Girl Scout trying to sell some cookies with an unexpectedly ingenious business partner. `Nuff said!
WHO: Playground-LA ~ Origin Story by Tiffany Cascio, Dir. by Rondrell McCormick
WHERE: Zephyr Theatre ~ 7456 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles
WHEN: Monday, March 10th @8pm
WHAT: Staged readings of 6 awesome 10-page plays. Mine is clearly a comedy.
WHY: To laugh. To support me. To support theatre in LA. To discover new talent. Obvi.
HOW: http://playground-la.org/boxoffice/ ~ Student/GA/Priority Seating
Let me know if you’re coming!
MANY MANY THANKS to everyone who contributed their hard-earned dough to my scrumptious bake sale fundraiser for my family affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines! It is always wonderful to be pleasantly surprised by the generosity of others, and I am so grateful to all of you for your thoughts and prayers.
And because the bake sale was as fun for me as it was delicious for my new fans, I have decided to keep the yum-train going for the holiday season! Many thanks to all of my tasters and for the great feedback. Stay tuned for a mouth-watering menu w/ pretty pictures!
You can now listen to my most recent audiobook, Nancy’s Theory of Style, by Grace Coopersmith (aka Marta Acosta) on Audible, Amazon, or iTunes! It’s a witty, sexy, silly rom-com filled w/ fashion tips and faux pas, unexpected love, and parties gone awry–a perfect listen to get the edge off while sitting in traffic
And don’t forget to check out my 4-part Casa Dracula Series, also on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. For adult ears only!
I’ve done it. I had the chance to be a company member for Theatre West a couple of years ago and foolishly took some ill advice to decline the invitation. Well, I’m not making that same mistake again! I am happy to report that I am now an official Towne Street Theatre Company member! I have been greeted w/ such welcome arms and have already started playing a part by helping w/ the house on preview night for their well-recieved Ten-Minute Play Festival. Their 3-weekend run is nearly sold out! Come check it out and preview what I’ll be a part of:
You’d have to be living under a rock to not know that anything and everything is forcing its way on to the interwebs somehow. One of the huge pluses is that a (somewhat more) level playing field has been made available to artists who want nothing more than to make a decent living off of their wonderful creations. Take note from author Marta Acosta, whom I have had the privilege of working with since April of this year–voicing her CASA DRACULA audiobook series.
THE DIGITAL SLUSH PILE
How to Land a Book Deal by Writing Online!
Writers seeking an audience no longer have to wait on publishers to get their books out. Millions are flocking to social reading and writing sites like Wattpad and Scribd, which allow users to upload their writing and read and comment on each other’s work. Some writers have leveraged their online audience to get big advances from publishing houses.
The Midcareer Author
Marta Acosta had already published two novels with Simon & Schuster when she had an idea for a supernatural homage to Charlotte Brontë’s “Jane Eyre.” Her literary agent tried and failed to sell it, saying the vampire trend was over. Eight publishers turned it down.
Ms. Acosta decided that if she couldn’t sell the novel, she would give it away. So she tried Scribd, a social reading and document sharing site with more than 100 million users. In 2010, she posted the entire 368-page novel, which tells the story of Jane Williams, a teenager who was orphaned as a child and gets a scholarship to an exclusive boarding school.
The novel was read 24,000 times, and became the top young adult novel on the site. A few months later, Ms. Acosta sold the book to the young adult imprint Tor Teen, which released hardcover and digital editions of “Dark Companion” this past summer.
The Oxford Student
Like millions of other teenage girls, Abbie Gibbs fell in love with Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series. In 2009, when she was 15 years old, Ms. Gibbs started writing her own vampire novels, set in her native England, and posting chapters on Wattpad. She wrote about a teenage girl who goes out drinking in London and witnesses a mass murder committed by vampires.
Three years later, the book has been read 17 million times by other Wattpad users. Ms. Gibbs, now 18, scored a six-figure, two-book deal with HarperCollins this summer. The 560-page book, titled “The Dark Heroine: Dinner With a Vampire,” came out in print and digitally this fall in the U.K. An e-book is available in the U.S., and an American print edition is due in March. Ms. Gibbs says reader feedback helped her craft a better book. “Instead of pandering to their needs, I teased them a little bit,” says Ms. Gibbs, now in her first year as an English major at Oxford.
Publish the Cheerleader
After collecting rejections from publishers for nearly a decade, Brittany Geragotelis, an editor at American Cheerleader magazine, was about to give up on writing.
Then in the fall of 2010 she went on Wattpad and studied the most popular stories. Most were paranormal romances aimed at young adults. She came up with a novel that reimagined the Salem witch trials, setting it in a contemporary high school, and began uploading a chapter a week in January 2011. Readers flocked to it and began suggesting plotlines and possible romantic pairings.
By the time she finished posting the book, “Life’s a Witch,” it had been read six million times.
Publishers took notice, and Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers gave Ms. Geragotelis a six-figure, three-book deal. To promote the first book, “What the Spell?” in January, Simon & Schuster posted the first two chapters free on Wattpad.
Write to Alexandra Alter at firstname.lastname@example.org
A version of this article appeared November 23, 2012, on page D5 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: How to Land A Book Deal By Writing Online!