In the last post, I wrote about How I Got an Agent in 8 Minutes, Over the Christmas Holiday, Without Asking to be Represented. What follows is the nonfiction book query that made that happen.
Dear Agent X,
Make Your Book a Movie
Adapting Your Book or Story for Hollywood
Humans have always been storytellers. Whether gathered around a campfire, painting on cave walls or, later, writing words on dead trees—it’s in our blood. A book is a noble undertaking, capable of reaching tens, even hundreds of thousands of people.
But movies are the global campfires of our time. They reach millions, sometimes hundreds of millions of people, all over the world. On those few occasions where book sales reach this level, they do so with the aid of movies based on the books.
For characters to truly come to life, for stories to touch the greatest number of people—that takes a movie. And every movie starts with a blueprint: the screenplay.
This book will explain what Hollywood looks for in source material (stories to be adapted for film) and adapted screenplays, and how to think ahead by crafting your book or other story in a way that renders it more cinematic and, thus, more likely to attract film-side interest. For those with screenwriting aspirations, it will also offer advice on transforming your story (fiction or nonfiction) into a screenplay. (Booklist‘s review of my own first novel says, in part: “Reads like a big-budget summer blockbuster.”) Read more…