Based on a True Story: How to Secure, Write, and Sell Non-Fiction Screenplays & Book Proposals
Use Hollywood's propensity for "true stories" and the publishing world's voracious appetite for non-fiction to your advantage. Screenplays based on true stories and creative non-fiction books sell faster than fiction in today's marketplace - but they also present unique challenges to the writer. In this OnDemand webinar, you'll learn what you need to know to get your true story down on the page and up on the screen.
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
- The difference between a creative non-fiction book and a screenplay based on a true story.
- A template for creating a non-fiction book proposal that is “familiar yet fresh.”
- How to write an execution-dependent screenplay that will get Hollywood’s attention.
- Strategies to navigate the marketplace and avoid the “slush pile.”
- How to write query letters and get the attention of agents, publishers, and film producers.
- How to adapt a true story to screenplay or novel.
- How to copyright your material and protect your rights to your story.
- How to build a platform for your non-fiction book or screenplay.
WHO SHOULD WATCH?
- Writers who want to explore the lucrative world of non-fiction
- Writers who want to secure an advance on a non-fiction book proposal
- Writers who want to attract representation to move their writing careers forward
- Writers who want to option and adapt a non-fiction story
- Writers who want to write about a famous character or event from history
- Writers who want to build a writing career
The Writers Store does not offer any refunds for the webinar. All sales are final.
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- Date available: 03/13/2012
- Publication date: 03/13/2012
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Meet the Author: Charlotte Cook
Charlotte Cook, MFA, a former publisher brought to publication six award-winning novels before returning to story editing and consulting in 2010. Writer’s Digest, Shelf Awareness, and Publishers Weekly featured her and her philosophy on publishing during her tenure at KOMENAR. Charlotte has taught writing and story theory since 1993 and been a popular featured guest speaker and workshop leader at writers conferences throughout California and across the U.S. Many of her students have been published, found agents, won contests, and entered graduate programs. Charlotte has also served as a final judge in several fiction categories for the annual intern...
Meet the Author: Jon James Miller
Jon James Miller is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. He loves movies “based on a true story” that are actually based on a true story. In addition to his literary work, Jon is co-owner of the newly revived, much beloved Ben Cooper, Inc. brand, taking classic Halloween costumes and vacuum formed vinyl mask magic of the past and bringing it back in a new line of Ben Cooper costume-inspired collectibles just in time for Halloween 2017. Jon is represented by Sandra Dijkstra Literary. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org