The last few months have been amazing for me. I have a movie deal in the works. I am trademarking a Soda Pop (featured in the movie script) and so much more. I can't go into a lot of detail about negotiations-but I can tell you that it has been a long hard journey through publication to where I stand today.
I want every struggling author to know that its worth the effort. Its worth the tears. Its worth the heartache---and most of all--Its worth your time. I truly believe that if you feed your soul with what you love to do that your dreams will come true eventually.
A lot of people have asked me for advice on how to get a great deal when it comes to turning your novel into a film. To me, the answer is simple--you must first have a great script. If you aren't a script writer, then hire the best you can find. Get someone with experience. Never settle for second best. And while shopping the script you must find a director that is top in his or her field--don't settle for someone with no sales or history in the film industry. Don't settle for someone who is a hobbyist with no studio connections or large corporate sponsors.
Another question I get asked a lot is this: Could an author produce their own movie?
I am a big believer in trying--I would never in a million years try to produce or pay for my own film. Don't get me wrong--I really respect and admire those that do their own filming and are successful at it, but for me I wanted the highest quality for River of Bones. I knew I could never have enough funds or experience to get the job done.
If negotiations go as planned we are set to start production this September--and I promise to keep you all posted. :)
Thank you again for your love and support! I have really appreciated all your comments, letters and words of encouragement!
If you are looking for a copy of River of Bones its on sale for the next few hours!