Short chapters that evolve a story ala #DeanKoontz #options #Flashback Series –
That’s the way I like it. Dean does it in such a way that each chapter focuses on a single character until the storylines begin to intertwine and the focus expands from one character to more than one. I think the style moves a story along and gives you the feeling you are reading faster than you really are – hah! There are other styles that I like, of course, but this is the option I like the best.
But this is not the options I was going to talk about, just got off on that tangent because I love me some Dean Koontz …
I recently read an article in the July/August 2012 Writer’s Digest on selling the movie and TV rights to your work. All of us can see our books on television or film, right? I’ve even cast actors for some of the characters and can see the scene as if I was watching it on television or the screen.
I thought it would be fairly difficult to accomplish this feat, but J.K. Rowling did it not long after publishing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 1997 (the title was changed to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for film). She signed over the rights of the first four Harry Potter books in 1999, filming began on the first film in 2000 and it was released in November 2001. Look at Fifty Shades of Grey, I heard the trilogy is being made into a movie. It’s probably a couple years out, but the book was just recently published. E.L. James has got to be proud. Lee Child’s creation, Jack Reacher, is making it to film (although Tom Cruise is not exactly who I had in mind to fill Reacher’s shoes). British author Jim Grant writes under the pen name Child and has been writing Reacher novels since 1997.
So, here I sit on a soon-to-be-published book, dreaming of filmdom, when along comes this article in Writer’s Digest. Apparently, many published works, and some non-published ones as well, sit in limbo while a production company or studio wait for a green light. You are paid an option, the amount of which varies depending on the work and how much someone desperately wants it, but if you are popping the popcorn and getting ice for your drink of choice in anticipation of watching your work on-screen, sit yourself back down.
How many of you out there in the blog world have works that were optioned? Or, that you are hoping will be optioned? Have you made it to film? Did you work with an agent, or go it alone? Congratulations to each and every one of you and good luck to all.
Me? I’ll be right there with you, rooting for a photographic image ending for my book series.