The Fiction Factory

"The Fiction Factory" by William Wallace Cook.

Author: William Wallace Cook

Publisher: Good Press

ISBN: EAN:4057664606945

Category: Fiction

Page: 236

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The Fiction Factory

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.

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

Fifty Years in the Fiction Factory

They kept boxful of his stories, diaries, account books and letters from his editors. Julia Jones has used this archive to investigate the conditions of Allingham's working life and to glimpse some of his readers.

Author: Julia Jones

Publisher: Golden Duck UK Ltd

ISBN: 9781899262151

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 390

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Herbert Allingham was one of 'the men who wrote for the Million'. His melodramatic serial stories ran week after week in the ha'penny papers a hundred years ago. But was he an author? He didn't think so.This biography seeks to change that. Herbert Allingham's daughters were proud of their father. They kept boxful of his stories, diaries, account books and letters from his editors. Julia Jones has used this archive to investigate the conditions of Allingham's working life and to glimpse some of his readers.

Frank Merriwell and the Fiction of All American Boyhood

For a list of titles Street and Smith released in these years, see Cox, The Dime
Novel Companion, 303–4; Reynolds, The Fiction Factory, 272. 36. Reynolds, The
Fiction Factory, 267. Reynolds's statement indicates his understood role as
house ...

Author: Ryan K. Anderson

Publisher: University of Arkansas Press

ISBN: 9781610755719

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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Gilbert Patten, writing as Burt L. Standish, made a career of generating serialized twenty-thousand-word stories featuring his fictional creation Frank Merriwell, a student athlete at Yale University who inspired others to emulate his example of manly boyhood. Patten and his publisher, Street and Smith, initially had only a general idea about what would constitute Merriwell’s adventures and who would want to read about them when they introduced the hero in the dime novel Tip Top Weekly in 1896, but over the years what took shape was a story line that capitalized on middle-class fears about the insidious influence of modern life on the nation’s boys. Merriwell came to symbolize the Progressive Era debate about how sport and school made boys into men. The saga featured the attractive Merriwell distinguishing between “good” and “bad” girls and focused on his squeaky-clean adventures in physical development and mentorship. By the serial’s conclusion, Merriwell had opened a school for “weak and wayward boys” that made him into a figure who taught readers how to approximate his example. In Frank Merriwell and the Fiction of All-American Boyhood, Anderson treats Tip Top Weekly as a historical artifact, supplementing his reading of its text, illustrations, reader letters, and advertisements with his use of editorial correspondence, memoirs, trade journals, and legal documents. Anderson blends social and cultural history, with the history of business, gender, and sport, along with a general examination of childhood and youth in this fascinating study of how a fictional character was used to promote a homogeneous “normal” American boyhood rooted in an assumed pecking order of class, race, and gender.

Secrets of the World s Best selling Writer

On August 5 , 1933 , he wrote to tell Howard Bloomfield about his new setup :
You have the honor of getting the first story which has been written in the portable
fiction factory . The fiction factory is now established at the Bar W Ranch on the ...

Author: Francis L. Fugate

Publisher: William Morrow & Company

ISBN: STANFORD:36105035967301

Category: Creative writing.

Page: 286

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Writings excerpted and condensed from Gardner's notebooks, letters, and memoranda reveal the mystery writer's storytelling skills, including his ideas on character, plot, conflict, and resolution

Modern Science Fiction and the American Literary Community

21 - 22 , 41 - 48 ; Quentin Reynolds , The Fiction Factory or From Pulp Row to
Quality Street ( New York : Random House , 1955 ) , pp . 173 - 179 ; Ron Goulart ,
Cheap Thrills : An Informal History of the Pulp Magazines ( New Rochelle , N . Y ...

Author: Frederick Andrew Lerner

Publisher: Metuchen, N.J. : Scarecrow Press

ISBN: UOM:39015011363309

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 325

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Scribner s Magazine

The Casual Laborer in Literature BY REBECCA N. PORTER Author of "
Adventures in a Fiction Factory , ” etc. IN OT long ago , browsing literary efforts as
by - products of their among the biographies real business . Again and again the
disin ...

Author: Edward Livermore Burlingame


ISBN: UCSD:31822025041872

Category: American periodicals


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The Secret of the Stratemeyer Syndicate

Traces the development of series fiction, looks at five of the most popular mystery series, and explains how Edward Stratemeyer created his successful publishing syndicate

Author: Carol Billman

Publisher: Ungar Publishing Company

ISBN: UOM:39015013499341

Category: Fiction

Page: 187

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Traces the development of series fiction, looks at five of the most popular mystery series, and explains how Edward Stratemeyer created his successful publishing syndicate

The Factory Girl and the Seamstress

Imagining Gender and Class in Nineteenth-century American Fiction Amal M.
Amireh. Porter , James . ... Images of Women in Fiction : Feminist Perspectives .
Ed . Susan ... The Fiction Factory , or From Pulp Row to Quality Street . New York

Author: Amal M. Amireh


ISBN: CORNELL:31924087526400

Category: American fiction

Page: 239

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British Fantasy and Science fiction Writers Since 1960

This reference to Banks ' s “ foreignness ” was further developed by Thom Nairn ,
who observed in his 1993 article " Iain Banks and the Fiction Factory ” that the
fact “ so many English reviewers failed to note any humour in The Wasp Factory ...

Author: Gale Group

Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning

ISBN: STANFORD:36105025820817

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 472

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Essays on British writers of fantasy and science fiction discuss the changing attitudes towards this genre, including serious consideration by critics. Covers the publication of science fiction in comic books, limited productions of publications by fan presses, the difference between British and American science fiction, the birth of the New Wave, and the revival of horror fiction as a distinct genre.

In Search of the Paper Tiger

CHAPTER IV Fiction Noir Formula The Light Angel : Cornell Woolrich and Urban
Alienation RESIDING NEXT TO THE ... From the author's vantage , the only way
to make a living in the fiction factory system was to “ manufacture ” as much ...

Author: Gary Hoppenstand

Publisher: Popular Press

ISBN: IND:39000005594085

Category: Social Science

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.

The Hardy Boys Mysteries 1927 1979

Rather than use the well - established metaphor of the fiction factory , Adams
used a more artistic analogy to explain the workings of her family ' s enterprise :
In order to fully understand the position taken by the Syndicate ' s head , an
analogy ...

Author: Mark Connelly

Publisher: McFarland Publishing

ISBN: STANFORD:36105131608908

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 254

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"This book follows the development of the Hardy Boys series through 1979. Includes the writing of Stratemeyer and McFarlane; the Cold War and the disco age; race, class, gender; family values; law and order; and action rather than violence. Appendices provide a bibliography of Hardy Boys books, opening lines from 20 novels, and selected "Hardyisms.""--Provided by publisher.

Selling the Wild West

John Milton Edwards ( William Wallace Cook ] , The Fiction Factory ( Ridgewood ,
N . J . : The Editor Company , 1912 ) , p . 82 . 10 . Reynolds , Fiction Factory , p .
114 . Street and Smith also paid their authors less than Beadle and Adams ...

Author: Christine Bold

Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press

ISBN: UOM:39015017651665

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 215

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The Editor

THE FICTION FACTORY Payment is made on the tenth of month following A
writer who wrote thousands of stories acceptance at a rate of one half cent a word
and $ 2 for photos . It also wants stories on factory conand made thousands of ...



ISBN: STANFORD:36105027524789

Category: Authorship


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