The Fiction Factory

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AUT FICTION, AUT NULLUS 11 I. The Fiction Factory: The Fiction Factory.

Author: John Milton Edwards

Publisher: The Editor Company



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Example in this ebook I. AUT FICTION, AUT NULLUS. "Well, my dear," said John Milton Edwards, miserably uncertain and turning to appeal to his wife, "which shall it be—to write or not to write?" "To write," was the answer, promptly and boldly, "to do nothing else but write." John Milton wanted her to say that, and yet he did not. Her conviction, orally expressed, had all the ring of true metal; yet her husband, reflecting his own inner perplexities, heard a false note suggesting the base alloy of uncertainty. "Hadn't we better think it over?" he quibbled. "You've been thinking it over for two years, John, and this month is the first time your returns from your writing have ever been more than your salary at the office. If you can be so successful when you are obliged to work nights and Sundays—and most of the time with your wits befogged by office routine—what could you not do if you spent ALL your time in your Fiction Factory?" "It may be," ventured John Milton, "that I could do better work, snatching a few precious moments from those everlasting pay-rolls, than by giving all my time and attention to my private Factory." "Is that logical?" inquired Mrs. John Milton. "I don't know, my dear, whether it's logical or not. We're dealing with a psychological mystery that has never been broken to harness. Suppose I have the whole day before me and sit down at my typewriter to write a story. Well and good. But getting squared away with a fresh sheet over the platen isn't the whole of it. The Happy Idea must be evolved. What if the Happy Idea does not come when I am ready for it? Happy Ideas, you know, have a disagreeable habit of hiding out. There's no hard and fast rule, that I am aware, for capturing a Happy Idea at just the moment it may be most in demand. There's lightning in a change of work, the sort of lightning that clears the air with a tonic of inspiration. When I'm paymastering the hardest I seem to be almost swamped with ideas for the story mill. Query: Will the mill grind out as good a grist if it grinds continuously? If I were sure—" "It stands to reason," Mrs. Edwards maintained stoutly, "that if you can make $125 a month running the mill nights and Sundays, you ought to be able to make a good deal more than that with all the week days added." "Provided," John Milton qualified, "my fountain of inspiration will flow as freely when there is nothing to hinder it as it does now when I have it turned off for twelve hours out of the twenty-four." "Why shouldn't it?" "I don't know, my dear," John Milton admitted, "unless it transpires that my inspiration isn't strong enough to be drawn on steadily." "Fudge," exclaimed Mrs. Edwards. "And then," her husband proceeded, "let us consider another phase of the question. The demand may fall off. The chances are that it WILL fall off the moment the gods become aware of the fact that I am depending on the demand for our bread and butter. Whenever a thing becomes absolutely essential to you, Fate immediately obliterates every trail that leads to it, and you go wandering desperately back and forth, getting more and more discouraged until—" "Until you drop in your tracks," broke in Mrs. Edwards, "and give up—a quitter." "Quitter" is a mean word. There's something about it that jostles you, and treads on your toes. "I don't think I'd prove a quitter," said John Milton, "even if I did get lost in a labyrinth of hard luck. It's the idea of losing you along with me that hurts." "I'll risk that." To be continue in this ebook

The Fiction Factory

Bertha Clay herself had long since died , but a half dozen of the most prolific men
in the Fiction Factory were turning out the Bertha M . Clay stories rapidly and
efficiently . These continued to make money for years . Ormond Smith might have

Author: Quentin James Reynolds


ISBN: UVA:X000474483

Category: American fiction

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The Fiction Factory

No fiction factory can be run successfully on a haphazard system for disposing of
its product. There must be some market in prospect, and on the wheel of this
demand the output must be shaped as the potter shapes his clay. Edwards made
it ...

Author: William Wallace Cook

Publisher: Good Press

ISBN: EAN:4057664606945

Category: Fiction

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"The Fiction Factory" by William Wallace Cook. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles that encompasses every genre. From well-known classics & literary fiction and non-fiction to forgotten−or yet undiscovered gems−of world literature, we issue the books that need to be read. Each Good Press edition has been meticulously edited and formatted to boost readability for all e-readers and devices. Our goal is to produce eBooks that are user-friendly and accessible to everyone in a high-quality digital format.

Fifty Years in the Fiction Factory

He was born the year of reform, 1867, when an extension of the franchise gave urgent political impetus towards compulsory education and the spread of literacy. This is a biography of his life.

Author: Julia Jones

Publisher: Golden Duck (UK) Limited

ISBN: 1899262075

Category: Authors, English

Page: 388

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Herbert Allingham was one of the men who wrote for the Million. He was born the year of reform, 1867, when an extension of the franchise gave urgent political impetus towards compulsory education and the spread of literacy. This is a biography of his life.

In Search of the Paper Tiger

The fiction noir story saw its start in that transitional phase between the dime
novel and the pulp magazine . ... From the author ' s vantage , the only way to
make a living in the fiction factory system was to " manufacture " as much writing
as he ...

Author: Gary Hoppenstand

Publisher: Popular Press

ISBN: 0879723564

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 134

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The author examines the process of social life and the relationship of myth, popular formula, and the mystery genre to social psychology. The book presents social construction of reality theory as a methodology upon which the structure of mass-mediated popular fiction can be examined, postulating definitions of myth and formula and advancing a new language of literary analysis that acknowledges the socially defining, democratizing experience of popular fiction. Social-psychological analysis is focused on the mystery genre and examines its taxonomy, including the supernatural, fiction noir, gangster, thief, thriller, and detective formulas.


His anthology Gathering the Bones, of which he is a co-editor, was included in
Library Journal's Best Genre Fiction of 2003 and was shortlisted for The World
Fantasy ... His collaborative stories can be found in the collection The Fiction

Author: Jack Dann

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

ISBN: 9781434447388

Category: Fiction

Page: 101

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Long before their award-nominated and awarded stories and novels, these two writers word-jammed together, learning the music of story writing and the blood and bones of distinctive prose. And all these early efforts were published! Here they are again, together in one place--ten riveting stories of science fiction--as entertaining as they were fun to write--including the previously unpublished tale, "The Standard Crisis Scenario"!

Secrets of the World s Bestselling Writer The Storytelling Techniques of Erle Stanley Gardner

Four of the stories soldto Detective Fiction Weekly,two to Detective
ActionMagazine, twoto Black Mask, and oneeach toArgosy, ... In The Fiction
Factory, Cook toldof losses incurred as a resultof “the folly”ofselling all rights,
ratherthan reserving ...

Author: Francis L. Fugate

Publisher: Graymalkin Media

ISBN: 9781631680090

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 276

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All the hard-earned storytelling skills of Erle Stanley Gardner, creator of Petty Mason and still the world’s biggest-selling writer, are revealed in this informative, entertaining, and instructive book. The authors clearly present and analyze all the elements of narrative-character, plot, conflict, and resolution-as Gardner used them. Numerous extraordinary charts, diagrams , and outlines makes his hard-earned technical skills available to the reader in practical and useful forms. This book is ideal for Gardner collectors and fans, and equally for students of writing at all levels-would be writers, neophytes, and even published authors-for it offers one of the most practical and professional courses ever in storytelling technique.

Categorization and Its Discontents

Frank is fiction just like the world or the “reality” we live in is construed. Frank's
artificiality parallels the ... 2 Term borrowed from Thom Nairn's essay “Iain Banks
and the Fiction Factory” (1993, 134). 3 Those critics who did not partake in the ...

Author: Jacqueline Schnurrenberger

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783656171164


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Swiss Diploma Thesis from the year 1997 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, University of Zurich (Englisches Seminar), language: English, abstract: Die vorliegende Arbeit stellt den Versuch dar, den Roman "The Wasp Factory" von Iain Banks als kritische postmoderne Relekture von Sigmund Freuds Schriften zur Sexualitat zu erforschen. Postmoderne Asthetik erweist sich als besonders brauchbar fur solch eine Freud-Kritik, da hier die Frage der nicht losbaren Widerspruche in den Vordergrund tritt, gleichzeitig aber auch eine parodistische Neugestaltung tradierter Topoi- wie etwa das des Kunstlermannes, die Rivalitat zu der als weiblich begriffenen Natur arbeitet - erprobt wird. In diesen Kontext wird der Roman von Banks gesetzt, den die Verfasserin sowohl als klugen Freud-Leser wie auch als Kritiker verstanden haben will.

Cornucopia of Crime

... (1937-49) about a prosecuting attorney and another (1939-70) about a
disbarred lawyer turned private detective and his irascible female partner. Small
wonder that he liked to refer to himself as “the fiction factory.” Gardner was born
on July ...

Author: Francis M. Nevins


ISBN: 9781605434582

Category: Literary Criticism

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Over the decades Francis M. Nevins has written dozens of articles and essays on the major influences of crime literature and here he collects them in 450+ pages. Coupled with some current essays on people he's known this makes for a book that any mystery fan will cherish and use as a reference book.

Rewriting Scotland

lain Banks ' fiction factory The science fiction writer ( ? ) Iain Banks , Robert Yates
claims , occupies an unusual place in English letters . He is that elusive type - the
hugely popular writer , working frequently in genre , who is also deemed ...

Author: Cristie L. March

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 0719060338

Category: History

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Rewriting Scotland examines six of the most influential and cutting-edge contemporary Scottish writers as they redefine outmoded notions of Scottish identity. From Irvine Welsh's windows into Scottish youth culture in Trainspotting to Janice Galloway's examinations of the duality of female isolation and empowerment, this unique work reveals new explorations of Scottish gender politics, sexuality, voice, and self-awareness.

A Feeling for Books

Raleigh, John Henry. Matthew Arnold and American Culture. Berkeley:University
of California Press, 1957. Renault, Mary. The Bull from the Sea. New York:
Pantheon, 1962. Reynolds, Quentin. The Fiction Factory, or, from Pulp Row to
Quality ...

Author: Janice A. Radway

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807863971

Category: Literary Criticism

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Deftly melding ethnography, cultural history, literary criticism, and autobiographical reflection, A Feeling for Books is at once an engaging study of the Book-of-the-Month Club's influential role as a cultural institution and a profoundly personal meditation about the experience of reading. Janice Radway traces the history of the famous mail-order book club from its controversial founding in 1926 through its evolution into an enterprise uniquely successful in blending commerce and culture. Framing her historical narrative with writing of a more personal sort, Radway reflects on the contemporary role of the Book-of-the-Month Club in American cultural history and in her own life. Her detailed account of the standards and practices employed by the club's in-house editors is also an absorbing story of her interactions with those editors. Examining her experiences as a fourteen-year-old reader of the club's selections and, later, as a professor of literature, she offers a series of rigorously analytical yet deeply personal readings of such beloved novels as Marjorie Morningstar and To Kill a Mockingbird. Rich and rewarding, this book will captivate and delight anyone who is interested in the history of books and in the personal and transformative experience of reading.

How to Write for the New Age Market

They were The Fiction Factory , which described how he had become successful
as a writer , and Plotto , which was advertised as “ a new method of plot
suggestion for writers of creative fiction . ” William Wallace Cook considered his
books to ...

Author: Richard Webster

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 0738703443

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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This is a comprehensive, nuts-and-bolts guide to writing for New Age publications by one of today's bestselling new Age authors.

Gas Station Angel

ENTRY PRIVATE ROAD House of America Photograph by Brian Tarr Film and
Television The creation of Fiction Factory Films in 1993 widened the company ' s
output . Its first production , a 50 minute drama documentary Silent Village won ...

Author: Edward Thomas

Publisher: Methuen

ISBN: UOM:39015043788895

Category: Drama

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''Ed Thomas is the most exciting playwright to come out of Wales' (Guardian) Bron meets Ace six days after his house falls into the sea. Their families may share a past of fairies, angels, axe-murderers and chickens, but what do Bron and Ace need with the past when they've got imagination and a tinted glass blue Marina 1800 TC ready to drive into the heart of Saturday night. Set in a shrinking land, Gas Station Angel is the latest play from Ed Thomas whose previous plays includes House of America (also recently released as a film) and Songs From a Forgotten City.''

Bret Easton Ellis s Controversial Fiction

Some of the forms of popular literature that appeared between the 1840s and the
1890s – such as the story paper, the dime novel and the cheap library –
represented the emerging literary industry of the nineteenth century, a 'fiction
factory' ...

Author: Sonia Baelo-Allué

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441126313

Category: Literary Criticism

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Both literary author and celebrity, Bret Easton Ellis represents a type of contemporary writer who draws from both high and the low culture, using popular culture references, styles and subject matters in a literary fiction that goes beyond mere entertainment. His fiction, arousing the interest of the academia, mass media and general public, has fuelled heated controversy over his work. This controversy has often prevented serious analysis of his fiction, and this book is the first monograph to fill in this gap by offering a comprehensive textual and contextual analysis of his most important works up to the latest novel Imperial Bedrooms. Offering a study of the reception of each novel, the influence of popular, mass and consumer culture in them, and the analysis of their literary style, it takes into account the controversies surrounding the novels and the changes produced in the shifty terrain of the literary marketplace. It offers anyone studying contemporary American fiction a thorough and unique analysis of Ellis's work and his own place in the literary and cultural panorama.

Techniques of the Selling Writer

So now the fiction factory is in operation. But here, another question rises: How
do you sell the finished product? That's a subject dear to every writer's heart. For
a succinct guide, turn to the next chapter. CHAPTER 9 Selling Your Stories A
story ...

Author: Dwight V. Swain

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 9780806186672

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Techniques of the Selling Writer provides solid instruction for people who want to write and sell fiction, not just to talk and study about it. It gives the background, insights, and specific procedures needed by all beginning writers. Here one can learn how to group words into copy that moves, movement into scenes, and scenes into stories; how to develop characters, how to revise and polish, and finally, how to sell the product. No one can teach talent, but the practical skills of the professional writer's craft can certainly be taught. The correct and imaginative use of these kills can shorten any beginner's apprenticeship by years. This is the book for writers who want to turn rejection slips into cashable checks.

Mozambique Mysteries

BETWEEN THE INTERSTICES OF office politics, some of our projects in the
fiction factory office in Amsterdam were slowly taking shape. Despite this, we
were still a long way off from actually filming anything. Complex deals were
stacked and ...

Author: Lisa St. Aubin De Teran

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780748127801

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

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MOZAMBIQUE MYSTERIES is about turning fifty and finding a new direction. Lisa St Aubin de Terán travelled to Mozambique and, for the first time in her much-travelled life, felt at home - in a place 'so remote that few have visited it since the time of Vasco da Gama'. After three marriages and various affairs, she also fell in love. She set up a school and, together with her niece, the Terán Foundation. From the acclaimed author of THE HACIENDA, Mozambique Mysteries is a story of new beginnings in a country of contrasts and challenges - her most inspiring story yet.

Scribner s Magazine

Adventures in a Fiction Factory BY REBECCA N . PORTER Author of " The Wives
of Xerxes , ” etc . HE customary public a grind ! ” In the face of this universal
attitude toward those dissatisfaction one is tempted to fare who yearn , without ap

Author: Edward Livermore Burlingame


ISBN: PRNC:32101080467754



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