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JAMES B. FLAHERTY | Screenwriter. Novelist. Wordsmith.
ABOUT JAMES
I'm a Florida boy. Didn't see snow till I was a junior in college at Michigan State University. I graduated in 1957 (Dick Nixon gave the commencement address) and came to New York and Allied Stores hired me as an executive sales promotion trainee for $3400 a year‚ I took home $200 a month after taxes. Yes, I remember those days. They didn't hurt. A few years later, married by then, we had our first child in Syracuse. I was up to $6,000 a year as a copywriter. When my second daughter came...
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MY BOOKS
Imagine being able to re-invent yourself. A new face, a new vocabulary, a new point-of-view, even a new history. Exit Bethel Sokoloff, enter Bettina Marshton. She worked very very hard to inhabit the new skin she invented, to speak the new language, i.e., Fluid-Privileged, to wear the clothes Bethel never even considered, to walk the walk. The net net? The girl who is no one‚ from nowhere becomes the golden girl, married to a princely type, the world, even Broadway, at her feet. She will be enveloped in love and passion and loss and...
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LIFE PHILOSOPHY
You may think half the world is brain-dead, but in truth, there is brilliance standing on every corner, or hiding in your computer. Just for starters, listen to Rick Rigsby's speech about the lessons he learned from a third-grade dropout. Double Wow. And I like to think about some of his thoughts. Like it doesn't matter how long you live, its How You Live. That you are not judgmental, that you show up early, (that it's better to be an hour early than a minute late. If you arrive...
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INTERVIEW
Isaac Asimov said... If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster. Faulkner said: “read read read.. read everything... trash, classics, good and bad and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it.  Then write. If its good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window. After years of being an advertising writer creative director and selling goods and services... British Airways, The Avon Lady, Smirnoff Vodka...
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PUBLISHERS / AGENTS / PRODUCERS
Hey, you're a Literary Agent and I'm a writer. Sounds like a match made in heaven. I think we should cut right to the chase. If you take me on as a client, what are the chances of you making gobs of money? Gosh, why are you asking me, I'm only a writer. You're the agent who could make a film or TV production company realize that either of my two existing novels could give birth to a full-length film that would attract zillions of people looking for entertainment that's neither scientific nor tragedy based, or a long-running TV series...
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