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My question is that if someone has ebooks on Amazon would this in any way be of any help (or hurt) in submitting a proposal  for a screen play or television series?


ANSWER: Hi Demetrius,

A good question.  

In general, having a book published is a plus. Producers like to follow in the footsteps of success.

In your case, you might run into some reluctance because so many movies have already been based on Sherlock Holmes, but on the other hand your books have unique twists.

As you mention in your essays on Amazon, Arthur Conan Doyle created a detective that used the scientific approach to solving crimes, and that model has endured and grown, and is still going strong today.

Series Television thrives on crime solving, and so do Movies. I'd say you've got a leg up submitting proposals for your work.

Give it a go!


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I have other ideas which may be good movie proposal material besides Sherlock Holmes.
What steps should I take? Should I wait until I have completed a book first and then sell movie? Or sell movie idea of it right now?
I say this because in a few instances I believe there was a movie first then a book. Is there a choice that works best?

Hi Demetrius,

One thing I know from being a producer and a screenplay writer for over 25 years is this: you have a better chance of selling a published novel (or even a short story) to a production company or a studio than you have selling a screenplay.

In the film and television business, "ideas" are not a dime a dozen, they're a dime a thousand.

Write your novel, or novelette, publish it and then you can pitch it.

You need to know that if you publish with a traditional publisher, rather than just to Amazon or Smashwords, say, you have a significantly large advantage selling your work to the movie makers, the reason being that you would have larger exposure of your work, and movie makers lust for stories that have a following and have already been promoted around the world.

Traditional publishers have an open sesame to newspapers, who will review your work and spread the news that your book has been released.

Writers who publish on Amazon-type digital platforms, cannot get wide access to newspaper promotion. Ninety percent of newspapers flatly reject self-published work.

It's a long shot, even if you have sold, say, a thousand copies of your work. You would have to prove that those were arms-length purchases.  I think it was John Locke who published a novel and personally bought thousands of his own books (he admitted that he did this). As it happened, buyers for his works flocked to the internet to buy his novels. He did his own promotion.

Most writers like you and me, cannot afford to self promote, or don't want to spend time and effort self promoting.

A last point: you have already published some books in the Sherlock genre. You could start with those to test the waters.

Best of success, Demetrius,

Keep on writing.


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