Last month, I blogged about
attending Left Coast Crime in Phoenix.This month, I'm blogging about a national
Sisters in Crime conference, Adapting to Hollywood,
which occurred last weekend.Yes, it was
held in Hollywood.And since I live in the Hollywood Hills, it
was practically in my backyard.So, I
definitely had to attend.
The premise was a good reason to
attend, too.It was all about how novel
writers can try to sell their works to the film and/or TV industries.
Fascinating?Yes.Do I think I've learned everything and will therefore have one of my
stories or series picked up as a movie or TV show?Who knows?
It's not impossible, after
all.One of the speakers at the
conference was Ellen Byerrum, who attended the first SinC Hollywood conference
in 2006, and subsequently had two of her novels made into movies for the
Lifetime Movie Network.
There were quite a few people there
from the film industry, from screenwriters and producers and studio executives
to agents and film industry attorneys.Topics they spoke about included who's looking for what, what makes a
good character, the development process to production and making a deal to sell
Quite a few of the attendees got
the opportunity to pitch to a professional, although I wasn't among those who
were assigned pitch time, unfortunately.I'd have liked the opportunity to at least practice a pitch, even if I didn't
sell one of my stories on the spot.I
did learn a lot, though, including the fact that Hollywood and its peeps are always looking
for good stories to produce.
Sisters in Crime members from all
across the country attended, including other Midnight Ink authors.Will any of them be successful in selling
their work, or even getting it optioned?I'd love to see that, but will undoubtedly have to wait quite a while
before anything like that happens.That
was one of the things stressed at the conference.Few things happen fast in Hollywood.
In any event, I really enjoyed
the conference.And since I write the
Superstition Mysteries, don't be surprised if you see me with my fingers
crossed a lot.Even though writers lose
a lot of control over their characters and stories if they enter into an
agreement to potentially have something produced in Hollywood, there's always at least some money
involved--and I think it would be fun to see some of my characters appear in
real life on a movie or TV screen.
By the way, it's almost time for
my second Barkery & Biscuits Mystery to appear: TO CATCH A TREAT.I'm sure I'll say more about it next month,
since it'll be published in May.