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Author Topic: Contact from film producer.  (Read 2938 times)
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« on: January 11, 2017, 11:40:22 AM »

Hi and, first off, my apologies if this is being posted in the wrong section!

Today, through my Facebook page, I was contacted by a "LA-based Film Producer" regarding my (self-published) first novel. Having been round the block a couple of times (well, more than that) I Googled what I could, and . . . so far, so good (although the cautionary hackles are up).

As I'm without an agent, can anyone recommend a few steps I should take to protect myself and the novel? (anything at all - a website, webpage, or whatever)

tia, David.
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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2017, 04:56:07 PM »

First, have a conversation with the producer and take a lot of notes.
Then call an agent, and tell him you have a potential deal in hand. He might at least be interested hearing more.
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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2017, 08:37:01 AM »

Thanks for that. I did a lot of reading (on an area I'm quite unfamiliar with). Probably needless to say, there is a load of web stuff dealing with this. The 'best' one I came up with, certainly for an explanation of the cogs, was http://filmmakermagazine.com/75484-how-to-option-a-book-for-film-adaptation/

Again, thank you.

Best, David.
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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2017, 09:29:21 AM »

This article looks like it's for people looking to acquire rights, not sell them.
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2017, 04:35:16 PM »

Yes, that article is very definitely for people looking to acquire rights (I've found a few for the opposite - Writers Digest, etc).

I like this one simply because it is strong on the acquiring side. It gives me a heads up - especially before an Agent perhaps gets involved - as I think there's nothing worse than dealing with (um, talking to) another profession when you're clueless confused

Thanks for your input!

Best, David.
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2017, 04:59:48 PM »

If you haven't done so already, check out Writers Guild of America, West www.wga.org/.

Good luck. And keep your money in your pocket.
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« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2017, 09:25:49 AM »

Thank you. I'll certainly check out that link.

>> keep your money in your pocket

 Smiley No fears on that score! And ultimately, I will have some kind of professional protection in place (sounds like something from The Godfather!).

I'll 'move forward' with cautiously crossed fingers - I do realise there's a huge ocean to cross with anything like this, and what might, or might not, happen. Basically, I'll get on with writing.

I appreciate your input.

Best, David.
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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2017, 09:41:22 AM »

keep your money in your pocket.

  shrug  Who asked for money?
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« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2017, 01:04:06 PM »


That was a joke. Sort of.
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« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2017, 08:43:53 AM »

 woo did someone mention money?
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