• Hold This While IP Productions

     

    We Incubate and Elevate Stories.

    By and About Real Women.

     

    Helping women writers perfect, package, pitch, publish and produce.

  • Our Approach to Supporting Women Storytellers

    1

    Listen

    We'll listen strategically while you share your story. Brainstorming and bonding are the key to success.

    2

    Plan

    We'll review your project, help you shape your idea and get you set up with what you'll need to move forward.

     

    We help you find your optimal platform, genre and approach. We know what to do because we've done it.

    3

    Develop and Package

    We'll give you the coaching, collaboration, mentorship and resources you need to elevate and optimize your work.

     

    From outline to beat sheet to pitch to proposal to connecting you to all the right resources, we will help you get your story told.

  • Who We Are

    We're all about the story.

    Pamela Weiss

    Founder

    Pamela is an award-winning multi-channel creative writer, producer and story-telling entrepreneur. She’s collaborated with top-flight professionals to shepherd heart-felt, funny and transcendent human stories.

    Pamela has held leadership positions in product development, marketing and strategic business development in the online consumer real estate and media industries, overseeing development of online leasing transaction systems, content partnering, ancillary news products and M&A. She is a former award-winning newspaper editor, designer and journalist. Media and publications she’s worked with include The Boston Globe and The Miami Herald, Knight-Ridder New Media and The Capital-Gazette Publishing Co. She was an original member of the Silicon Valley Mom’s Blog, later acquired by Technorati.

    She is currently a strategic advisor for Planted Places, an early stage consumer product and technology company with a breakthrough platform that allows people to grow and harvest organic greens, herbs and vegetables from a vertical wall in the comfort of one’s home. The self-sustaining gardening system provides monthly seedling delivery and soil enhancements as well as app-based coaching support with custom care guides and instructions for easy, convenient home-grown organic produce.

    In addition to serving on the board of directors at LifeMoves.org, Pamela is also on the Bay Area advisory board for CrisisTextLine.org, is a trained volunteer Crisis Counselor and public speaker for the organization. She received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and her B.S. degree in journalism from the University of Florida.

     

    Rebecca Bloom

    Story Developer

    Rebecca Bloom is a writing and storytelling coach, editor and writer. She has worked with businesses and nonprofits large and small, strategizing content and tone and creating multi-channel messaging for diverse stakeholders.

     

    Rebecca has devised and led memoirs classes and writers' workshops, helping writers get their stories told. She has also coached writers and speakers in genres including historical fiction, pilots, screenplays, pitches, business, communications, Ted Talks and more.

     

    Rebecca has written and edited numerous books including memoirs, cookbooks, workplace manuals and business books and project managed publication for many of her clients.

     

    A former workplace and benefits attorney, Rebecca has served nonprofits in the education and women's health space her entire career. Her longest and proudest affiliation is with Bay Area Cancer Connections, where she has served as a patient advocate and advisor for women fighting breast and ovarian cancer for over 24 years.

     

    Rebecca received her B.S. in Humanities from Yale University and her J.D. from New York University School of Law.

     

  • Selected Projects

    The Color of Autumn

    Short Film

    In 1966 Chicago a sheltered Black eight-year-old is blindsided by cruel and casual racism while socializing with the children of her father’s white boss.

     

    Through the eyes of a grown woman, Color of Autumn retraces the memory of her precocious eight-year-old self, a Black girl who lives with her hardworking but assimilating parents, and her adoring and wise grandmother in a quaint little house on the South Side of Chicago.

     

    We are in preproduction on this film. Learn more, join us and donate to this meaningful project at creator Constance Jackson's Social Justice Fiscal Sponsor.

     

     

    Northern California Book Tour (Early August)

    The Understory: A Female Environmentalist in the Land of the Midnight Sun

    We recently wrapped a tour of Michelle Schuman's astonishing memoir, which we have optioned and are currently working on a turning into a screenplay.

     

    InThe Understory: A Female Environmentalist in the Land of the Midnight Sun, passion and peril are intertwined in this true tale of Michelle’s drive to make the natural world a better place; her greatest hindrance was not in physical challenges but in human adversaries.

     

     

     

     

  • Writers We Work With

    Here are some of the remarkable women we're nurturing.

    It's our honor, joy and mission to help bring their work into the light.

    C.N. Jameson

    Artist's Statement

     

    As a lover of literature and history, I've always been fascinated by my favorite authors and their writing process. One day I hope to visit the locations where they lived, socialized, and authored the stories that still live on. I imagine what it must have felt like when some of them gathered and shared lively conversations about living and writing. That is what participating in the Story Summit Her Spirit Retreat meant to me. It was a once in a lifetime experience to share spaces with modern day literary minds, and an opportunity to glean all the ways I can make my writing relevant and impactful on society. I left inspired and equipped to write with soaring confidence for the rest of my days.

     

    Rebecca gave me the support and discipline I needed to get going and sustaining a writing schedule. As I got to know Rebecca, I appreciated her so much that I made a personal commitment to always give my best. My small apartment was no longer a place where I was hunkered down in fear and despair. My living space has become my writer's paradise. I am so grateful that I found her.

    Michelle E. Schuman

    Artist's Statement

     

    I met amazing, talented women at the Story Summit Her Spirit Retreat. I felt like a sponge absorbing every minute learning, understanding, and becoming confident in my new adventure exploring the endless possibilities and opportunities to be an accomplished writer.

     

    A lifelong dream to find an accomplished, true spirit in the world of writing. That is Rebecca. She is that dream. She encapsulates the expertise of being a coach in the world of writing, editing and publishing; to nurture when needed, but to critique when required. Rebecca doesn’t choose the path for her writer to take, she guides a writer to find their own path.

  • Our Blog

    Roars and ruminations.

    June 7, 2021 · journalism,true crime,florida,drug trade,local journalism
    The Road to Lucy Morgan How I connected with my Pulitzer Prize-winning childhood shero 40 years later and what she means to me, my town and the dwindling universe of local investigative journalism. Pamela Weiss For forty years I have been toting around a yellowed collection of newspaper...
    AUDIT IS NOT A BAD WORD I recently worked with a small group of women writers comprised of spectacular minds and the deepest of hearts (I miss my people already). One of these women, a hilarious, insightful, productive creator is, by day, an accountant. And I’m a lapsed lawyer. Did we bond over...
    November 23, 2021 · Writing Fundamentals,Writing Coach,Writing,Writing Tips,Feedback
    Reacting to Feedback: Separate Problems from Solutions I’ve had the honor of working with some phenomenal writers lately. Score one for living the dream. I’m happiest when I’m swimming in story. One of the things that I notice, even among the excellent, is that incorporating feedback can be...
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