And I’m not just talking Christmas, Xmas, Kwanza, Boxing Day, Festivus, Hanukkah…

For screenwriters, the screenplay competitions for 2014 have come to an end and the ones for 2015 are starting to advertise for entries. In addition, this is a slow time for the buying and selling of screenplays (or anything movie wise) because of all the holidays.

So for we writers, we happy few, we band of brothers, ‘tis the time to finish our new screenplays, pilots, web series, short films, etc., or revise our already existing ones, and get them ready for the new year.


RANTINGS AND RAVINGS OF A SCREENPLAY READER by moi, now available on Amazon http://ow.ly/F4RcN

NOT ONLY THAT: Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader will make a great stocking stuffer for a friend. And you don’t even have to purchase the stocking to put it in.

Yes, it’s true. You can buy this for a friend, brother, sister, father, mother, estranged relative, hateful ex, future brides of Charles Manson. It’s the perfect gift for those you love and those you hate and those you love to hate.

Rantings and Ravings… is my series of essays that arose out of my ten years plus experience reading for contests and a production company, as well as various observations on the state of the art of screenwriting and moviedom.

For more information on the book, go to: http://ow.ly/F4RcN

To buy this incomparable gift for a friend (or frienemy, or a total stranger chosen at random from a telephone book, I don’t care), simply go to the Amazon page and click on the button to the right that says “GIVE AS A GIFT”: http://ow.ly/F4Rjx

Don’t wait until the last minute or you may get coal in your stocking.


” Your book would be $3.00 well spent for 80 or 85% of the writers here…” Eli  Donaldson
“Not just a nice perspective of a contest reader but some helpful … hmm, tips is the wrong word … insights (that’s better) into the writing process–again, the wrong word — reading of the writing process.” Tim Lane
“Information that needs to be heard.” L.A. Sidsworth
“Don’t be fooled by the amusing title of this fascinating book. Howard never actually rants or raves, but instead provides a plethora of valuable insights into the art and business of screenwriting…Quite a lot of bang for just a few bucks. And best of all, Howard’s encyclopedic knowledge of cinema, combined with a keen sense of humor, makes for a very enlightening and entertaining read.” Jeremy Carr

“I think this book should provide useful and practical advice to any aspiring screenwriter. While this is not a how-to manual on the art of writing, it should nonetheless be a good addition to most screenwriter’s libraries. Highly recommended.” Kays Al-atrakchi

“I read this book to get a perspective from the “other” side, the side of the screenplay contests readers. Howard tells it like it is. His “rantings and ravings” details how screenplays succeed or fail with specifics of what contest readers look for in great scripts or find in horrible scripts.” Dinah
“Great read for any screenwriter, just starting or an old dog looking for new tricks. Been following the writer on Facebook and reading his blog for a while now. This collection of his “Rantings and Ravings” is just what a screenwriter needs. Sage advice, encouragement and the truth” Steven Esteb, writer/director (Dirty Politics, Baller Blockin’)
Howard Casner is an amazing writer, reader and screenplay judge who was also the very first person to read and discover my award-winning script in the Slamdance Screenplay Competition. Now he is sharing his invaluable insight and knowledge so that all writers may realize their dreams. THANK YOU and CONGRATULATIONS Howard!!” Miranda Kwok, writer/actor (Spartacus: Blood and Sand)
“Howard Casner has just published a book called “Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Reader.” For anyone interested in screenplays, screenwriting or film, I encourage you to buy a copy. It’s only $2.99 and I’m sure you’ll find it well worth the price. I’ve read a lot of Howard’s film reviews, and with each one I’ve been impressed by his insight and knowledge. I’ve learned something valuable from every review of his that I’ve read.”  Todd Niemi, screenwriter/producer (Backgammon)
“For all my screenwriting students and friends, Howard’s book is terrific, with some insider wisdom about contests. He is a very interesting, spot on writer. Congratulations, Howard.” Bart Baker, screenwriter (Supercross, Live Wire)
“If you want to know what the bleep goes on in a script reader’s head, Howard Casner’s “Rantings and Ravings of a Screenplay Consultant” is a good place to start and it’s currently available on Amazon.  Tanya Klein on Stormblog, the official blog of Coverage, Ink. http://ow.ly/zD6Ed 

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