More News from the World of Film?

swmirskyswmirsky Publisher
edited March 26 in General Discussions
"Details of Dawson’s TV deal are under wraps, and he says it is expected to be finalised in the next few days. But his is just the latest in a line of deals between studios and self-published authors, including AG Riddle and Hugh Howey, who have been targeted by studios after the successes of Andy Weir’s The Martian and EL James’s Fifty Shades franchise. AG Riddle’s Departure series was scooped up by Fox-based producer Steve Tzirlin in a six-figure deal, while Howey’s dystopian sci-fi novel Wool was signed up by Ridley Scott and 20th Century Fox.
As long as self-published authors take on an agent they should be fine. Otherwise they are mincemeat

Bestselling self-published authors attract producers because they have a proven track record if they stay on Amazon sales charts over time, Howey said. “Hollywood is always looking for a built-in audience. They want to know they’ll recoup their investment,” he says. "Modern films easily cost $100m to make, usually more. There isn’t much room for risk here.”
Andrew Lownie, literary agent


  • Ron MillerRon Miller Professor
    edited March 28
    “if they stay on Amazon sales charts over time“

    Well, there’s the big hurdle, of course. But that still probably gives you a far better chance than one of shady-sounding “services” that have recently been discussed in the forums. And it’s also probably worth keeping in mind that Howey and Riddle’s books didn’t attract attention because they were self-published but because of their sales records. And that is the result of both quality and aggressiveness. The authors worked hard at creating their books and they worked hard at selling them. But in the end they really had no special advantage over a traditionally published book.

    In other words, they were picked up because they were good books that sold well, not because they were self-published.

    In 2017 more than 20 books were made into movies and more than 30 last year. That’s a lot of competition, especially since literary agents and publishers will actively solicit producers. In fact, I can find only seven films in the past two decades that were based on self-published books...and one of those was a book published in 1994. (I am making a distinction between films that made it into theaters as opposed to those that never got beyond development...though there is certainly prestige and money to be made even if your book is only optioned.)

    The history of Howey’s books and their success is an unusually complex one that I think is about as far from typical as one can imagine—especially concerning his convoluted relationship with traditional publishing .

    I think that the lesson to take away from Howey’s and Riddle’s successes is that once your book is out there it needs to stand on its own feet. It will be judged on its merits. It won’t matter how it was published.

    (By the way, although my book was not self-published it was the basis for a recent feature-length documentary that has, so far, won several awards  One nice side effect of this is that a publisher has inquired about doing a new edition of the book.)

    Black Cat Studios
  • SeamusSeamus Creator
    neat, I remember when 'wool' was a free ebook years ago
    Tim Reinholt Author of Pow, a ski bum heist adventure
  • Ron MillerRon Miller Professor
    Slightly off-topic, but I thought it worth mentioning in light of how Riddle and Howey are currently publishing their books that a friend of mine also has a kind of hybrid relationship with her publishers. While all of her books eventually appear in hard and softcover via traditional publishing she makes them available first herself (through her agent, who handles all the technical details) as Kindle ebooks.
    Black Cat Studios
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