Welcome to this three-part miniseries about the book-to-movie process. Contrary to what I mentioned in the recording, the next two will be published this week! 🙂
I’ll be sharing some of what I learned when my memoir, Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters, became Stolen By Their Father on Lifetime Television, and mistakes I made (and nearly made) throughout the process. I’ll answer questions some of you have asked, relying on my experience and my research that included speaking with a screenwriter, a producer, an author-turned screenwriter, and an author who signed too many rights away when optioning her memoir.
In this minisode, you will learn:
*The advantages of working with a literary or film agent when considering optioning your book rights outweigh the inconveniece or expense of doing so.
* Authors do not need to wait to be “discovered” to move forward with their book-to-movie process. Contests, hiring a screenwriting coach or consultant
* Unknown screenwriters need a person in their corner to connect them to the right people in the film industry.
For Resources mentioned in this podcast series
Fabulous round table with writing and film experts on Lit Hub- https://lithub.com/literary-roundtable-how-does-a-book-get-adapted-for-tv-or-film/
Susan Joyce, author at https://susanjoycejourneys.com/
Stage 32, a public forum.
How My First Novel Became a Movie by Caren Lissner, published in The Atlantic. https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/09/how-my-first-novel-became-a-movie/539430/
Books on screenwriting
Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee