With: Rolynn Anderson
I can’t help myself. I’m answering the call. Based on your experience, how nutty am I?
It played out this way. I write suspense/mystery/romance novels so I branched out last year (I’m a longtime RWA member), by joining Sisters in Crime. I went to a mystery/crime/thriller conference in Long Beach last year and enjoyed it; attended the Left Coast Crime conference in Scottsdale this year and loved it. So I signed up for a free three-day event, sponsored by Hollywood and Sisters in Crime. Did you catch the word “FREE?” Yup. Breakfasts, lunches and sessions are gratis; I’m only paying for the three nights in Hilton Universal Studios and I’m taking the train (three hours) from my home in the Central Coast. I can’t go wrong. Can I?
Instead of writing the next book of my heart, I’m scrambling to learn the following things:
1. What do my contracts say about my movie and TV rights?
2. How is a Hollywood pitch different from the ones I’ve prepared for RWA agents and publishers. (I’ve learned about the ‘One Sheet’ and other ‘Leave behinds.’ Pros tell me to emphasize ‘Twists’ in my plots and characters.)
3. What is the infrastructure of Hollywood producers, agents and screenwriters. Where do authors fit? (I’m being told that authors might hold a higher rank than screenwriters do.)
4. What would a producer pay for my novel or my series? No answers here, so far, but I’m working on it.
5. How do I dress; how aggressive should I be? It’s a free event, so what does Hollywood expect in exchange for free? Gulp!
I ask again. How nutty am I? I promise to report on my adventure as a way of giving back. So many writers have helped me in this journey (including how to prepare ‘one sheets’ and ‘leave behinds’), but I have much to learn. Here’s some information about the series I’ll pitch:
The Funeral Planner Suspense Series (FADEOUT, SWOON and FAINT): We’re in small-town California where a boutique funeral planner, her much-raking journalist lover, a blind forensic investigator, their tribe of friends, and a service dog, expose the secrets of the dead. Twist: She has a fainting disorder with prescient faint-dreams about her clients. The Scottie pup, Elly, predicts her faints-spells.