The latest “Twin Peaks” trailer is here, and it shows off its now 25-years-older stars.With Showtime having revived the series, “Twin Peaks” is finally getting the third season its cult following has been desperately awaiting for literally decades. The trailer highlights just how many cast members are coming back. Posted May 4, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongAt last. In just 49 seconds, the preview reintroduces us to Big Ed Hurley (Everett McGill), Carl Rodd (Harry Dean Stanton), Sarah Palmer (Grace Zabriskie), Deputy Andy Brennan (Harry Goaz), Deputy Tommy “Hawk” Hill (Michael Horse), and FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), all of whom appeared in either the first two seasons and/or its prequel, the film “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.”The trailer seems to be geared more toward old fans, but TV lovers in general should be excited for the return of “Twin Peaks.” The revival is bringing us 18 hours of fascinating sci-fi mystery from the beloved, eerie fictional town, and the revival is bound to be as captivating as its groundbreaking first two seasons.”Twin Peaks” Season 3 premieres on Showtime on May 21.
When asked about possible substance abuse, he seemed to suggest that drugs could have been responsible. However, the coroner later indicated that Moran had Stage IV cancer and likely died from related complications.Any controversy aside, the cast had a chance to pay tribute to Moran, who played Joanie Cunningham from 1974 to 1984 on both “Happy Days” and its spinoff, “Joanie Loves Chachi.”[via: Scott Baio/Twitter; h/t: Deadline] Posted May 4, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongThe cast of “Happy Days” had a sad reason for getting together on Wednesday.After Erin Moran died on April 22, the “Happy Days” crew turned out in full force to mourn her. Scott Baio (Chachi), Cathy Silvers (Jenny), Marion Ross (Marion), Anson Williams (Potsie), Ron Howard (Richie), and Don Most (Ralph) all attended the May 3 memorial service of their dearly departed co-star, alongside Moran’s other loved ones.At some point during the event, the cast of the classic sitcom gathered for a bittersweet photo. Baio tweeted it out, highlighting that they were celebrating Moran’s life.Celebrating the life of #ErinMoran#HappyDaysFamily@RealRonHoward@most_don@Singing2Bulldogpic.twitter.com/rN2aMvdXLe
— Scott Baio (@ScottBaio) May 3, 2017Baio was recently the subject of some intense criticism on Twitter after making comments many considered insensitive following his longtime co-star’s death at age 56.
Why did Luke Skywalker go off to this island? I had to crack this. Like us on Facebook. That was the starting point, and that’s what the entire movie explores.”We definitely need answers on why Luke says, in the trailer, that it’s time for the Jedi to end. And it had to be something for me that first and foremost made sense. We know that scene will carry over into Johnson’s “The Last Jedi,” so it’s understandable that he wanted some input on the details — or at least one detail, to include Luke’s old buddy R2-D2 instead of new droid BB-8.”The big [favor] was, I asked if R2 could come with Rey, and if BB-8 could stay behind with the Resistance. Abrams intended, thanks to a request from the director of the next movie, 2017’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”Rian Johnson talked to Entertainment Weekly about the favor he asked Abrams, when it comes to that last scene with Rey (Daisy Ridley) meeting up with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and handing him his lightsaber. Answers will arrive when “The Last Jedi” is released in theaters on December 15.Want more stuff like this? Originally it was BB-8 who went with Rey, which makes sense for the story in a way. Posted May 4, 2017 by Gina CarboneThe end of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is slightly different than director J.J. But I asked, ‘Can you do me this solid and switch the droids?'”So “The Last Jedi” will reunite Luke with his original “Star Wars” buddy R2, while BB-8 will hang with his own buddy, pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac).In case you were concerned, Johnson also assured EW that Luke Skywalker is central to the story of Episode VIII:”Figuring out where his head was at was the very first thing I had to do when writing the movie.
There were a few protestors. I’d even love for audiences to have a visual of what his family looked like.Did you shoot that stuff?No, but we shot a scene where he’s explaining all of his tattoos and what they meant. Because I was a fan first before I had a part in “Guardians.” I loved “The Avengers.” And I wanted that crossover to happen. Some of them weren’t too happy about it. And I can relate. I feel like Hinx is indestructible, like The Terminator.”Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. And it’s the same thing here; they’re already announcing the third film before the second one opens.Well, when did you know that you guys had really hit on something?After opening weekend. Like, that’s the kind of stuff that excites me. Because if he’s not coming back, and this is just my idea, I think they’d completely reboot the franchise and start fresh. She does so many little things. Everybody on set was dying. She can bring the deadpan humor and when she wants to turn on her emotions, she had access to it, and it’s amazing. I met Robert Downey Jr., even before we were announced to go on “Avengers” and do the crossover, at the London premiere of the second “Avengers.” And he went out of his way to come over and was so nice and gracious about “Guardians of the Galaxy” and how much he loved it. I thought, Oh man, I love this guy.Without giving anything away, is there a character from the MCU that you’re particularly excited about Drax interacting with?No, I couldn’t say without giving anything away.Do little kids recognize you?Nope. At turns heartbreaking and hilarious, Bautista delivered his lines with deadpan delicacy, each one landing with a combination of humor and emotion. There’s also that quirkiness to her, with her high-pitched voice and her accent Asian looks. 2?”Dave Bautista: Well, we signed on well before the second one was even announced. I know they love their nostalgia and I do as well. And that shows you just how funny that stuff was and how much fun it was to shoot.Was there anything you wanted to explore with the character that you were pushing for?Yes, and it’s still the same thing, because there was stuff that was edited out of the first one because of the tone of the movie. But I get anxiety, too, so there’s always that bit of insecurity, because you really never know until people go see it.I think people are going to be surprised by how funny Drax is in this movie, but also how emotional he is. I know I’m going to be employed for the next few years! It’s so funny because we improved a lot, so a lot of the outtakes they used for the trailers, they’re not even in the movie. Plus he’s even more hilarious this time around.I got to chat with Bautista in Los Angeles, about what it was like coming back for round two, the hilarious moment that was cut from the movie, what it’s like being a part of a Disneyland ride, and how excited he is about working with Robert Downey, Jr. Just because I was such a fan.Did it live up to your expectations?Oh yes, and then some. Usually parents will recognize me and they’ll tell the kids, “Do you know who that is?” But no, I don’t get a lot of facial recognition … I don’t find myself very funny at all. But people were sending me pictures over social media. I’m a very dry person and soft spoken and a man of few words. It was down from typically four hours to a bad day an hour-and-a-half. I’d seen it and I was obviously there filming it and I always thought it was great. But also I’ve been saying, even way back, that I was hoping there would be some kind of crossover. And right off the bat we had great chemistry. We’re holding our breath. It was the story of his life. They couldn’t use the scene for one because it didn’t fit the pace of the film, it slowed things down a lot and was just too deep and depressing. They usually knocked it out in an hour, an hour-and-ten. But there’s a strong argument that Dave Bautista, who played strongman Drax (initially hell-bent on revenge before accepting his more altruistic place as one of the universe’s primary defenders), made the biggest impression. The sequel is bigger, weirder, funnier, and more emotional, and Drax takes on a larger role, acting as the comedic foil for newest Guardian Mantis (played with beautiful oddness by Pom Klementieff) and delving deeper into his own tragic backstory. What can you say about that?I’m super excited. maybe if I was green and walked around shirtless all the time.You’re about to be in a Disney ride, too. But it’s great. And it looks so much better.And now you’re part of the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe with “Avengers: Infinity War.” How do you feel about that?I feel great! I wanted to work with Robert Downey, Jr. I felt sorry for her. We’ve decided Drax’s wife would be a rather large woman, which I think is brilliant. But I get it. She can bring it, man. It’s not finished. It was so weird because before the first one was even released, they were already announcing the second one, because they had so much faith. That’s always a stretch for me. I hope to be there the day they open it.James Gunn shot the ride film, too, right?Yeah, we shot all of that on set while were shooting the movie, the whole breakout and everything.I loved you in the James Bond movie, “Spectre.” We didn’t see you die. I feel like Bond 25 is just Bond and Blofeld going at it.Maybe you could be scarred up.Or not. 2″ is everywhere on Friday. She’s just so perfect for Mantis. I don’t know how many people pick up on this but she’s constantly rubbing her hands like a mantis.Speaking of make-up, did you streamline your process at all?Yeah. I didn’t but the team did. Posted May 4, 2017 by Drew TaylorIt’s hard to pinpoint a breakout star from the first “Guardians of the Galaxy,” because everybody was pretty much a breakout star. Those contacts are really uncomfortable and she had them in every day. I think Drax would love being with a very large woman.Well, with James Gunn coming back to do the third one …You never know!Can you talk a little bit about working with Pom Klementieff, who plays Mantis?Well Pom and I, we screen-tested together, when she was testing for Mantis. We had a lot of fun filming, because some of our takes I wish had made it into the film because they were just so ridiculously funny.Is there one that you loved particularly?There’s a part where I’m dry heaving because I’m looking at her. I felt that it was really special. I’ve always worn my heart on my sleeve and I’ve always been able to bring out emotional scenes. And I actually drove down there just to look at it. It was so funny.She said she was a different color when you guys did your screen test.I think it was like an orange.I though they’d done something digitally to her eyes.Yeah, those were just big-ass contacts. But it’s so crazy that they just turned her into an insect. Because my dry heaving was really big and hers was little and cute and we’re just looking at each other dry heaving. Was it fun to play these different sides of the character?Oh yeah, it’s great. So I start dry heaving and then she is dry heaving and it was just hysterical. 2,” opening this Friday. That first movie had to be really fun to introduce these characters. So the dramatic parts are actually one of my strengths, I think. in “Avengers: Infinity War.”Moviefone: How does it feel to be back for “Vol. And that was really exploring his family. For such a big, burly guy, he was instantly lovable and a big part of why that combination of actors worked so well.So you’ll be happy to hear that Drax takes an even bigger slice of the spotlight in writer-director James Gunn’s sequel, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. But the comedy thing, I’m very happy with, because I didn’t know they’d go that way.You’re really funny!Well, thank you. Being a part of action figures and video games and amusement rides. Is there any chance of you coming back?There’s a great chance of me coming back. So we filmed that and we’ve talked more and more about his family and who they would be and even physically what they would look like. But if he did come back, I hope that they’d continue the Blofeld storyline, because they left it open-ended. Her emotional range is ridiculous, I’m a little bit envious. That’s what really gets me excited. Believe it or not. We’re waiting to hear, for one, if Daniel Craig is coming back.
R. And then two more. Empty the bloody place of ’em ’cause there will be a lot of “Game of Thrones” news to talk about in the next few years.”Game of Thrones” Season 7 premieres this July, then there’s just one more season of the main show before it’s over. Then send another. HBO has talked about wanting some kind of spinoff — a prequel, sequel, companion, etc. It’s not clear if they will be sequels, prequels, or a combo of both, but we did get the hint that they will “explore different time periods of George R.R. R. Posted May 4, 2017 by Gina CarboneSend a raven. Instead, HBO announced the writers:Max Borenstein (Godzilla, Kong: Skull Island)Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, Kingsman and X-Men franchises), George R. Martin to develop new GoT offshoot series. Martin’s vast and rich universe.”GoT showrunners Dan Weiss and David Benioff are attached as executive producers on all four projects, along with GRRM, but they will not be writing these new series. Like us on Facebook. It would also be nice to see the previous dragons of Westeros.”Game of Thrones” Season 7 premieres Sunday, July 16 on HBO.[via: Deadline, EW]Want more stuff like this? MartinThe four projects are “in development,” so there are no further updates yet on casting, filming, or scheduling in terms of when they might air on the network. — but now we have an official update from the network itself: They are doing FOUR spinoffs.HBO says four writers will join “A Song of Ice and Fire” author George R.R. Hopefully at least one of the spinoffs covers Robert’s Rebellion. MartinBrian Helgeland (Mystic River, A Knights Tale)Carly Wray (AMC’s Mad Man), George R.
It felt personal in a way that 33 never did. And on a personal note, I’ve usually found it true that you shouldn’t meet your heroes, but he’s been a pretty big shining bright exception. The Season 33 group was amazing, and returning players do tend to come in with big egos and big attitudes. This is the coolest thing ever! Entertainment Weekly asked Varner about that backlash:EW: What do you think about the people that are saying CBS should not have aired what happened? Posted May 4, 2017 by Gina CarboneZeke Smith was just voted out of “Survivor: Game Changers,” and even though he did tie his departure to his public outing as transgender, he’s also pleasantly surprised at how the public has treated him since that episode aired. We’re starving, but we’re starving on Survivor! This is Survivor! Probst made it clear all the way back in Fiji how well this would be handled. They’ve always worked with me. I think our highest hope was that this story would travel far and wide and be a beacon of hope and an example of how people’s attitude towards trans people are changing. He’s also not mad at CBS for airing that outing to millions of people, telling Entertainment Weekly, “I’ve always wanted this to air.A few weeks ago, during tribal council, Jeff Varner outed Zeke as transgender, something Zeke had not mentioned to anyone else in this season or the previous Season 33, in which he also competed. I’m really proud to have been a part of it.”For the record, he does think Varner outing him affected his game, since he knew after that that no one would want to go to the end with him, because they thought his compelling story would be tough to beat. He was hoping to just play the game as Zeke, instead of becoming “The trans ‘Survivor’ player.” It became a big to-do on the show and online; Smith told Entertainment Weekly, and wrote in his own Hollywood Reporter guest blog, that he was prepared for backlash and “all kinds of exploitative, sensationalist headlines” to revictimize him. It never crossed my mind that it shouldn’t air and I certainly never asked for it not to air. I think if you consider that Tribal Council a scar on Survivor history or a dark moment, you don’t have the right perspective.Also, in the intervening months, I’ve worked so closely with Survivor and CBS and they’ve always been fully committed to me telling the story on my terms. Like us on Facebook. I think people weren’t having fun out there. I was like ‘What are you guys doing?! He promised to never leave me hanging and he never has. He told EW his ideal final three would’ve been with Michaela and Culpepper. Instead, he said he was “flabbergasted” and touched by how people defended and supported him; he said he hopes this can be a model for how trans people are received in the public arena going forward.Some “Survivor” viewers were not only upset with Varner for outing Zeke to the fellow castaways, but with CBS and the show itself for choosing to air that footage. The supervising producer, Joe Lia, has always held me close to his heart. To those viewers, it was CBS that outed Zeke to millions of people. I felt like at times that no one wanted to be there. I’ve always felt as Jeff Probst has felt and CBS has felt that this could be a great…. It was just a textbook example of how to respond to injustice. He’s always been a phone call away. He’s become a friend. But that didn’t happen. They so quickly and adamantly rebuffed Varner’s actions. Let’s get excited about it!'”True. He also said he had more fun on his previous season since the Season 33 players were big super fans who didn’t take things too personally, unlike the Season 34 veterans.”And then I think with the returning players season, I think the stakes are a little higher, the expectations are higher, the egos are larger, and there’s not that same sense of sportsmanship. on CBS.Want more stuff like this? There are a lot of people with a lot of different opinions about that, but ultimately your take is the one that matters.Zeke Smith: “I’ve always wanted this to air. That’s what he saw from other trans stars who were in the public eye before him. It’s like, there was a moment of darkness, but that it was important for the world to see how my tribemates reacted and how Probst reacted. And I think it’s also important to say that I didn’t go on national television unprepared for the world to know that I am trans, and was ready should that part of my life become part of my Survivor story. Let’s just hope we don’t have a bitter jury.”Survivor” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. He really listened to understand the significance of what went down. It was my request to do press and writing an op-ed.
It never gets old, though.If you have free time, scroll through the fandom’s many funny, sweet, and moving tweets on #StarWarsDay and #MayThe4thBeWithYou.The next movie on the Star Wars schedule is Episode VIII, aka “The Last Jedi,” which arrives in theaters this December 15, 2017. Posted May 4, 2017 by Gina CarboneHappy Star Wars Day to all you scruffy-looking nerf-herders out there! Like us on Facebook. Mmm. The Force is with us all every May 4th, and the Internet has been busy celebrating the 2017 holiday.”The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” honored May the Fourth by re-editing footage from the “Star Wars” films (including the prequels) to make the characters sing “All Star” by Smash Mouth.Watch:Quality stuff that is. Episode IX is expected to start filming this summer for a 2019 release.Want more stuff like this? (How long do you think it took them to dig through the films and find all of the words?)You must remember Fallon’s a cappella video from back in December 2015, to promote the premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”:That video has about 38 million views, so you’re probably familiar with it.
So, it’s a fair fight.So while I would do it again, I would change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be. I have jokes; he has the launch codes. Now, I’m not going to repeat the phrase, but I just want to say for the record, life is short, and anyone who expresses their love for another person, in their own way, is to me, an American hero. I don’t regret that. Here’s the phrase Colbert now wishes he could change: “The only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s c–k holster.”That led critics to launch the hashtag #FireColbert, and the host addressed the backlash at the start of last night’s show:”Welcome to ‘The Late Show.’ I’m your host, Stephen Colbert.Still? He, I believe, can take care of himself. President” — has nearly 4 million views on YouTube. Like us on Facebook. So at the end of that monologue I had a few choice insults for the president in return. Nothing else but that.”Watch Monday’s monologue:And here’s Wednesday’s monologue:Want more stuff like this? Posted May 4, 2017 by Gina Carbone”The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert stands by his recent monologue taking shots at President Trump, only wishing he hadn’t used a crude joke that some viewers found homophobic.Colbert’s monologue from Monday night — titled “This Monologue Goes Out To You, Mr. In it, he rails against Trump for insulting CBS News reporter John Dickerson. I hope even the president and I can agree on that. I am still the host?I’m still the host!!Now, folks, if you saw my monologue Monday, you know that I was a little upset with Donald Trump for insulting a friend of mine. I think we can all agree on that.
We remain small and focused on our mission so that everyone has our goals in mind and a voice to manage their domain of interest. We don’t have requirements—we all do that we can, in between driving kids to school, working, teaching, and wiping mud off our dogs’ feet. We’ve seen a direct positive result on sales figures, attendance at live events, social media engagement, and our fundraising goals for our charity partner, Room to Read, as philanthropy is an important part of the Poppy mission. Kelly: One of the most gratifying things that’s happened is that we are now working with celebrity authors and high-quality national sponsors. Note: Today’s post is an extended version of an item originally published in The Hot Sheet, a subscription newsletter I run in partnership with Porter Anderson. The Tall Poppy network helps us control a small part of the process and this can be wonderful for the entire publishing experience. Recently, Garvin and members of her group—including Amy Impellizzeri and Kelly Simmons—were kind enough to answer some of my questions about how their group operates and what success they’ve achieved. We see immediate changes in ranking on Amazon when our Poppy network get behind a title and that eases the mind of the author. Of course, we would like to sell books but our primary objective is to give our readers access and personal interactions with authors. Wait, is that socialism? Could you see a publisher doing something like this as successfully—establishing a collective among its authors—or do you think the power of this group grows out of it being author-managed and author-directed? We hear from new readers every day that Bloom has become one of their favorite corners of the social media world, and that they have been thrilled to discover authors through the Tall Poppies that were not previously on their “to-be-read” lists. It works on several levels. We are friends and we do this for each other. Kelly: The group is very democratic in that everyone is expected to work hard and everyone is listened to. You don’t have to be a Poppy to play with the Poppies! To that end almost every Poppy has a “job” but we don’t monitor that job. Ann: I have to stop myself from inviting everyone to be a Poppy. If a publisher has like-minded, committed, generous authors who enjoy social media it’s possible they could mimic what we do. Ann: Because of this, our goals are different from a publisher’s goals. I’ve found that I can keep about fifty Poppies organized in my mind and probably because I’ve been a professor of very large classes for many years. I’m also wondering how big the group can grow while still being manageable and effective. There is no anxieties related to wondering if we could or should do more. What’s the criteria or how do you add new members? Certainly in the self-publishing community, authors have been helping each other from the very beginning, and you can see active examples of it through Kboards and countless Facebook groups. Our authors enjoy a wide degree of latitude in making decisions and working on projects autonomously. This takes a lot of organization and self-monitoring and our authors are committed to making this work. Kelly: For now, we’re holding at the 50 mark. They claim to be the only national author marketing co-op in the United States, and as far as I know, that’s true. So, yes, Tall Poppies is author-managed, but more importantly, we are reader-centric. There are so many wonderful authors who we wish we could bring in. Because we’ve loosely assembled around our expertise—our goal is to have people do what they are good at—be it networking or computers or public relations. (If you can point to other examples, please comment!)
Jane: As Mike Shatzkin recently wrote, groups like Tall Poppies are filling a need that publishers and agents aren’t meeting. We would be able to ask one of our historical writers to help with that. That is extraordinary progress. So in 2017, we have focused our collective social media efforts on an interactive and innovative Facebook group called Bloom, and we have been so gratified by readers’ responses in the short time that Bloom has been live! We know that everyone is bringing their best to the table when they are able. It’s torturous for me because building community is where I get all my energy from. Long have they heard authors’ frustrations with efforts to get their book in front of readers and the Tall Poppies is trying to channel that frustration into an organized system. When an author goes forward in search of an agent or a publisher she is not alone and this is all part of the platform that we hope helps authors build their careers. Have you or group members received any feedback from your publishers/agents about your efforts? Amy: In recent years, the Tall Poppies have become increasingly visible to readers through live events, press features, the various Tall Poppy pages on social media channels, and regular giveaways with one-time marketing partners including Storiarts, Grace & Heart, and Vacay Style, just to name a few. Its founder is Ann Garvin, who started the group in 2013 by asking other women authors if they wanted to be part of a collaborative marketing effort. Ann: We do have a core leaders who help with initiatives, organization, and general operations and in that way, we function just like any group with goals. But for all the advances of modern technology, we have long lamented that it is still so darn hard to connect with readers the way we writers crave doing. Kelly: A publisher’s group will always have a pre-determined agenda: There are books they want to succeed, and books they know will have short lives. But, I do know my limits. What is each member’s responsibility to the group, or what requirements do members have to meet in terms of marketing and promoting each other? This email provides everything we need to promote an author’s big day. What’s the most successful initiative you’ve launched thus far—where you’ve been able to see or measure progress or sales? I’m wondering if they’re largely excited about your collaboration, or if they might be a little anxious! Ann: In conversation with agents and editors, it’s clear that they think that the Tall Poppies is a great idea. Is there an organizational structure or hierarchy to your organization? We utilize online administrative tools and have real estate in several of the major social media networks: Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and Goodreads. We want our stories to resonate and getting to know our readers help us do that. Ann: We have All Hands On Deck emails that go out when a Poppy has a launch.
Kelly: Authors help the group efforts daily, and help each other individually whenever a book is launched or there is major news. How do you facilitate initiatives? Everything we do, and everything we succeed at, is done through the prism of a reader’s experience, not a writer’s, not a publisher’s. But Shatzkin pointed to an excellent example—on the traditional publishing side—of an author marketing co-op that’s becoming highly visible: Tall Poppy Writers. As this group becomes more well known, I have no doubt many authors will want to join. Kelly: Being a Tall Poppy has been a boost to many of our authors—it’s like a Good Bookkeeping Seal of Approval! The group now has about 45 members and specializes in books by women, for women, especially women in book clubs. We all have many commitments and we try to be the kind of place that is understanding and fosters autonomy. But even though we’re technically not adding members, we’re still adding friends and doing initiatives with other female authors all the time. But in the traditional publishing community, that kind of activity is harder to find, with the best example probably being Binder Full of Women Writers and all of its attendant subgroups. I have a laissez-faire leadership style which is based on trust coupled with a strong framework and tools. Ann: Our writers must be fairly savvy regarding the use of social media to foster relationships. Bloom is like an all-day slumber party. Cool brands who will add tremendous value and fun to the Tall Poppies & Bloom community. What feedback have you received, if any, from readers, about this group and your activities? We have a schedule of launches and a buddy program so that the author with the book coming out doesn’t have to also coordinate the Poppies. Last month, industry analyst Mike Shatzkin wrote a long and essential post discussing how authors still need help with their digital presence (and related marketing), the kind of help that traditional publishers are rarely providing. They were drawn not just by our numbers, but also by our style, influence, and genuine relationships. That said, we are always on the look-out for like-minded, generous authors to interact with. To that end, a Tall Poppy Author is invested in relationships and not only the kind of relationships where money changes hands. It signals to agents and publishers that we have that author’s back and will help her succeed. While he advocates that publishers devote more resources to “author care” functions (something I encouraged in a 2012 industry talk), Shatzkin also discusses the potential for authors to collaborate amongst themselves to improve their situation, without the involvement of agents or publishers. Everything they do is reader centric: their group email newsletter reaches about 20,000 readers and their new book club has 3,500 members. Every week, a Tall Poppy Writer takes over the Facebook group (sometimes with the help of a guest celebrity author) and shares insider information, comical anecdotes and other conversation starters. If an author continues to interact with us, we notice it and try to help them as much as we can. When we work together, we know we are giving it our best effort.