Your own hollywood book treatment making the rounds in hollywood as a hot property. Authorhouse has no input regarding the critical analysis your book receives and we cannot guarantee results the evaluation will yield. Selling your screenplay practical tips and advice to. There are no shortcuts and neither i, nor anyone else, can sell your screenplay for you. How to sell your screenplay for absolute beginners jane. Especially if this is your first idea, youll generally want to steer away from the enormous, effectsdriven blockbusters. How to publish a book and sell your first 1,000 copies. You dont need a screenplay to sell your story, all you need is a logline and a synopsis. Cash in on your life story by selling it to hollywood.
When you do land a meeting with a producer in your market, it is of the utmost importance that you are prepared with project options, ideas for how to market your story, and knowledge of current market trends. Know what theyre selling and to whom, and see if your book is a good fit for each store you approach. Youre reading this blog, so thats a good first step. Aug 30, 2016 welcome to this edition of the real fast results podcast. How to sell your true story to hollywood my story is. Your book gives you a distinct advantage as the story is already laid out and ready to develop. Inappropriate the list including its title or description facilitates illegal activity, or contains hate speech or ad hominem attacks on a fellow goodreads member or author. Jul 27, 2015 how a book becomes a movie by jane friedman. Ive been in development hell for 16 years, but im not complaining. Jun 15, 2012 for instance, if the producers like your treatment and book, an exclusive 3year effort will automatically be set into motion by a hollywood production company to option your book with hollywood studios, producers, andor movie stars. Besides, selling your script plus selling the rights to your book turns jack from a dull boy into a happy camper with a fat bank account. Best books on old hollywood meet your next favorite book. How to sell your true story to hollywood my story is worth. Find out who your book appeals to, get to know those people well, and be where they are, both online and off.
Sell your story nonfiction, novel, or childrens book. If you are seeing this message, then you do not have a browser capable of viewing this page. Her work caught the attention of director gary david goldberg family ties, spin city, who picked up must love dogs at a bookstore, read it, loved it, and made an offer to cooks agent. In many cases, theres nothing better than good, selling coverage to help us sell your book to the buyers. Its a website set up by a hollywood producer and manager to help get your story in front of prescreened, prequalified producers, movie and television executives, agents and publishers. Published on january 29, 2015 january 29, 2015 23 likes 41 comments. About selling your story in 60 seconds book and kindle editions. An industry interview with managerproducer andy cohen on. Sep 23, 2015 similarly, if your book is a thriller, you should never pitch to a producer who works exclusively in animation. Selling your books movie and tv rights what you need to. Selling a book is a completely different market and getting a best seller on amazon is much more difficult than to sell your screenplay to hollywood.
Aug 11, 2017 7 secrets to selling your tv show and movie ideas to hollywood, according to a successful producer. A conversation with a movie producer with ken atchity of story merchant books. Be aware, though, that if you send coverage with your book or screenplay, they may read just that the coverage before making their decision. Whether on the telephone or at writers conferences, film festivals and pitch fests, writers repeatedly face the challenge of having only a minute or two to convince the people in power to read their work. With input from our hollywood contacts, heres the 101 on how to get your book turned into a movie. Hopefully it will someday be on the big screen and then everyone will know who you are. Theres a much bigger chickenandegg problem in hollywood than in book publishing. Spam or selfpromotional the list is spam or selfpromotional.
How to sell movie ideas to hollywood early to rise. Hollywood loves source material and there is no better material for a film or television series than a best selling book. Selling your books movie and tv rights what you need to know. You want something that looks like it could sell a new mixup of old ideas, a beloved book or story that hasnt been filmed, a new perspective people havent seen, etc. How to publish a book and sell your first 1,000 copies by joe bunting 102 comments i work with a lot of writers, and by far the most frustrated, disappointed, and confused writers i work with arent the ones chasing after the publication of their first book, trying to figure out how to publish a book for the first time.
Ken atchity, who is a very wellknown hollywood producer. You need an agent to submit your work, but agents wont take you unless someone is already interested. How to turn your book into a hollywood movie youtube. Then, i would read my selling your screenplay in a nutshell post, if you havent already done so, and start submitting using those guidelines. Apr 17, 2017 cash in on your life story by selling it to hollywood. Claire cook, the bestselling author of must love dogs, says she feels like one of the very few authors who have had a positive experience seeing a book make it onto the screen. If filmmaking scares you, adapt your screenplay into a novel. His guidelines for log lines and writing a treatment are helpful, dependable ways a writer can hone in on a storys strengths, weaknesses, and possibilities. Jane gives you the lowdown on how the moon, stars and hollywood all have to align to make that happen. Heres the audio recording for selling your story to hollywood.
Paul lawrence, a screenwriter who produced the feature film cruel world, starring jaime pressly and eddie furlong, recently signed a deal to develop a television program with a major production studio in hollywood. The screenplay will be written in hollywoodstandard format, adhering to all of the correct conventions and formatting used for screenwriting in hollywood. How to sell a true life story movie idea pen and the pad. Incorrect book the list contains an incorrect book please specify the title of the book. Similarly, if your book is a thriller, you should never pitch to a producer who works exclusively in animation. Ten best books about the hollywood movie industry hollywood.
Kens most recent films include meg, angels in the snow, the lost valentine, erased, and hysteria. Your screenwriter will expand upon the treatment of your book to write the full, completed script adaptation of your book, either for film, television, or new media adaptation. You should write a book only if your goal is to publish a book and if you would enjoy the process. How to submit your book to hollywood selfpublishing. Books are a completely different discipline to a movie script, in that they have interior voice, and this is where most adaptations fail. How to get your book turned into a movie selfpublishing. Jun 16, 2015 theres a much bigger chickenandegg problem in hollywood than in book publishing. As a matter of fact, he is a producer and author who has also worked as a literary manager, speaker, writer, editor, and professor of comparative literature, among other things. Selling your story in 60 seconds michael hauges story.
The competition to find the next best read is ferocious and often books are optioned or bought before they are even published. Write your story out into a brief one to twopage synopsis, which tells who the main characters are, what the basic premise problem, struggle and resolution is and shows off the tone of the film. How to submit your book to hollywood selfpublishing news. How to sell your screenplay sell your movie ideas to hollywood. Sell your story nonfiction, novel, or childrens book to. Posted on december 14, 2016 by sandra beckwith 5 comments when a friend told me she heard from a producer who wanted to turn her book into a hallmark channel movie, i went looking for information on how to sell your story to hollywood. Youve sold your idea to hollywood but you may want to keep your day job. If indie bookstores are a sales channel youre interested in pursuing for your book, utilize these tips, and self. Posted on december 14, 2016 by sandra beckwith 5 comments when a friend told me she heard from a producer who wanted to turn her book into a hallmark channel movie, i went looking for information on how to sell your stor y to holl ywood. The screenplay will be written in hollywood standard format, adhering to all of the correct conventions and formatting used for screenwriting in hollywood. Every book author knows the fierce competition and the marketing struggle behind selling a book. How to sell your book to hollywood angela breidenbach. Write your story out into a brief onetotwopage synopsis, which tells who the main characters are, what the basic premise problem, struggle and resolution is and shows off the tone of the film.
How to secure, adapt, and sell bestselling books to hollywood. This video outlines the pros and cons of how to sell your m. With the legal rights in your hands, you have a real chance of selling your hot idea to hollywood. For instance, if the producers like your treatment and book, an exclusive 3year effort will automatically be set into motion by a hollywood production company to option your book with hollywood studios, producers, andor movie stars. How to sell your screenplay for absolute beginners. Coverage is a tool used by the entertainment industry to determine a books potential for adaptation to film, television, or digital.
View a hollywood coverage sample about 5 more minutes. Sep 25, 2012 selling your books movie and tv rights what you need to know if youve ever wondered how something gets made into a filmand how your work can be tapped for one, tooheres the inside scoop on options. Hollywood ticketthe industrystandard tool used for identifying viable new materialis a costeffective way to find out. Plan your strategy for selling your book to independent bookstores ahead of time, and start by frequenting those stores. Many of the observations outlined in this book are simply about selling stories to hollywood. While hollywood has not yet made any of my books into a feature film, tv movie known in the trade as an mow, or movie of the week or series, i still get paid for my writing being. Selling your book to hollywood with erin hennicke red. You must have something polished, clean and professional to submit. How to market and sell your book in five steps forbes. If an idea was successful in one medium a book, a play, a comic, a movie. Oct 18, 2018 plan your strategy for selling your book to independent bookstores ahead of time, and start by frequenting those stores. Kens sell your story to hollywood is a jumpstart bible for a serious writer.
Production companies are looking for ideas and if they like your concept, it is very easy for them to convert your book into a screenplay. Thank you for taking the time to read this far, and we. If you have any questions on selling your books, please call us at 8185092665 or drop us an email. Hollywood loves source material and there is no better material for a film or television series than a bestselling book. In that case, i hope to find great literary agency or agent to sell my book to ny publishers and sell my book to hollywood such as disney. Ken, a worldrenowned movie producer, talked about what it takes to go from book to movie. A portrait of hollywood in the 1940s by otto friedrich, farewell, my lovely by raymond chandler, falling water. This does not increase the selling potential of your screenplay. Most experienced publishing professionals will tell you that you should never ever sign over all your books licensing rights. Submit your novel to contests like book pipeline that connect writers to producers. Welcome to this edition of the real fast results podcast. Here are the notes i distilled from his informative talk. This pocket guide will help you expedite the transformation of your show business dreams into realities.
When a friend told me she heard from a producer who wanted to turn her book into a hallmark channel movie, i went looking for information on how to sell your story to hollywood. Weve been in the used book business for over thirty years, so we like to think we know what were doing. Sure, hollywood studios and tv networks are all about the franchises right now. The secret to selling your story idea to hollywood without an agent. Thats where the manager comes inand some experts say a manager is a better way to go, although many writers have both an agent and a manager. This is a vital step in the promotion and marketing of your book, andif done rightwill make the rest of the process infinitely easier. The secret to selling your story idea to hollywood without. The secret to selling your story idea to hollywood without an. We pride ourselves on being fair and honest when we purchase your books. It is common but rarely remarkedupon knowledge that nine of the top ten highestgrossing hollywood movies are science fiction or fantasy unadjusted for inflation. Selling your screenplay practical tips and advice to help.1263 1143 571 851 471 1445 864 936 55 1637 1513 1618 1437 1317 1100 1227 287 1111 808 63 1154 93 1555 1650 158 473 428 972 523 105 1598 1670 843 1435 1477 114 100 244 400 1325