Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Your Novel To The Screen Part Deaux
A few weeks back I posted here about a recent phenomenon in Hollywood where novelists are now being allowed to write the screenplays of their novels. In the past, this was unheard of as Hollywood always hired one of their own--often to disastrous results. In the earlier post I encouraged writers to take a look at screenwriting and into adapting their own novels for the screen. You can find that earlier post HERE. Today I'm going to post briefly on what to do once you have a polished screen adaptation of your novel in your hands.
This is the hard part because there are no set rules to follow on breaking into Hollywood. But there are three roads I want to tell you about to start you on your journey. The first are services like Ink Tip who connect producers with screenplays. Before writing this post I did a bit of research on Ink Tip and found a few bad reviews. So buyer beware. As a producer, I have used Ink Tip and found them to be quite professional. I also found this very informative THREAD where a writer asks about Ink Tip and gets some very good advice for writers looking to break in. Please check it out.
The second place to get your screenplays noticed is through contests like Script Pipeline. I've never submitted to them and don't know anyone who has, so I'm not endorsing them here, but when I looked them up they seemed reputable. But again, buyer beware. Do your own research. There are lots of contests and lots of scam artists out there. Take your time in finding one you think works for you.
The third and final way to go are agents. A good agent is hard to find, hard to reach, and even harder to get to represent you. Here is an interview with some of Hollywood's top literary agents who represent books: TOP AGENTS. You may not be able to get to one of them, but if you read this at least you'll know who they are and what they're looking for. That's a good place to start.
I started working in Hollywood in the 80s. I didn't know anyone when I got here, didn't have a soul to give me a leg up. I knocked on doors--lots of them--and eventually someone answered. In the mean time, I was writing and rewriting and polishing my material. If you're sincerely interested in breaking in and seeing your book on the screen, I suggest you do the same.
Hollywood has a ravenous appetite for books, and in today's market many novelists are adapting their own works for the screen. New writers are being discovered everyday. The next one could be you. Often the books Hollywood chooses are not bestsellers, so don't let that be a deterrent. If you'd like to see your book on the screen, start down that road now: Writing, refining, researching and knocking on doors.
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