Win a copy of Reality TV: An Insider’s Guide to TV’s Hottest Market, and learn how to get a job or sell a show

If you want a job in reality television, or want to understand how it works behind the scenes, or think you have the perfect show to pitch, you should probably read Reality TV: An Insider’s Guide to TV’s Hottest Market before you do anything else. Besides covering the basics of reality TV, the book explains production from outlining a show to conducting OTFs to post-production, and also explains how to work in the industry, starting with entry-level jobs.

Its author, Troy Devolld, who has worked on reality shows from Flipping Out to Basketball Wives, and has offered to give away six signed copies to reality blurred readers.

One of those winners will also get free registration for the Aug. 27 conference Future of Story in Los Angeles (you need to provide your own transportation and hotel–i.e., probably live in the L.A. area). The half-day conference is for writers (“Screenwriters, television writers, novelists, non-fiction writers, graphic novelists and all those interested in emerging trends in narrative”) who will “have an opportunity to network one-on-one with experts on screenwriting, pitching, and various aspects of filmmaking.”

You can enter daily until noon ET next Thursday, Aug. 25 by leaving a comment below; note in the comment if you just want the book or if you also want to be eligible for the free conference registration because you can be in L.A. that day.

When you comment, make sure that whatever service you use to sign in displays your real name and makes it possible to contact you. (If your comments aren’t being approved, check the quick and easy instructions.) The fine print: No purchase is necessary. I’ll randomly select the six winners at 12:01 p.m. ET on Aug. 25, when the contest ends, and contact you to get your mailing address. Awesome! If you don’t respond within 24 hours, I’ll randomly pick someone else. Sad!

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Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.