Welcome to Day #5 of the Emily and the Spellstone Blog Tour!

To celebrate the release of Emily and the Spellstone by Michael Rubens (6/13/17), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Michaek and 10 chances to win a copy of Emily and the Spellstone, as well as a Grand Prize Giveaway!

What I’ve Learned from Writing for TV

I’ve been lucky to have been a field producer for three well-know late night comedy shows: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. A field producer is the person who creates taped segments that involve interviews and other elements – basically, you’re a mix of writer and director. I’ve also had the opportunity to write and produce for many other networks and programs.These experiences have helped me immensely with writing books. In addition to allowing me to collaborate with and observe a whole lot of unbelievably talented and creative people – from whom I’ve learned and continue to learn a lot – writing for television forced me to write in many different styles, and to do so on a deadline. When you have to complete a writing task, and do so over and over again, you get used to finding ways to fix problems and move forward. It has also given me the discipline to sit and write.

Another benefit is that I’ve gotten used to hearing and assimilating criticism. No one likes having their work critiqued, and I’m no different, but over the years I’ve developed a sort of psychological callus, so that I no longer feel crushed by unpleasant input.

Finally, creating a field piece is like making a little movie, with its own beginning, middle and end. I have to think that doing so over the years has been somewhat akin to going to the gym, a way to exercise those narrative-creation muscles.

Stop by GeoLibrarian on Monday for day #6 the tour!

Blog Tour Schedule:
June 19th — Bookhounds
June 20th — Mundie Kids

June 21st — WordSpelunking
June 22nd — Foodie Bibliophile in Wanderlust

June 23rd — Positively Book Crazy

June 26th — GeoLibrarian

June 27th — YA Books Central
June 28th — A Dream Within a Dream
June 29th — Book Swoon
June 30th — Crossroad Reviews

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Emily picks up a stone that looks like a cell phone but has unexpected magical powers. It’s a Spellstone! Now that she has become an unwilling Stonemaster—one who wields the power of the Stone—she has to figure out Spellstone technology fast if she is to survive a hair-raising adventure among giant dogs, demons, clones, mean girls, and deeply wicked people who want the Stone. A witty tale of a quiet girl who discovers she’s a hero when she needs to be. Stonemasters rule!

About the Author: Michael Rubens is the author of two YA novels, Sons of the 613 and The Bad Decisions Playlist, and one novel for grownups, The Sheriff of Yrnameer. A correspondent and producer for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, he has also been a producer for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. His writing has appeared in places like The New Yorker’s Daily Shouts, Salon and McSweeney’s. He lives with his family in Brooklyn. Visit his website at www.michaelrubens.com.


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