Your questions about adapted screenplays

In addition to a few other tasks at the May 28, 2008, BEA/Writer’s Digest Books Writers Conference, I’m tentatively scheduled to moderate a panel discussion during one of the 1:30 p.m. breakout sessions. The panel’s topic will be “From Book to Film/TV: How Your Work Comes Alive.” Giving the audience the benefit of their combined expertise at negotiating the sale of dramatic rights to a book will be:

It’ll be a great pleasure to meet these three men, as well as a temptation to ask them a few of my own questions about book-to-movie deals.

If you can’t be in L.A. for the event, why don’t you post your question here, before I unplug on May 18? I’ll be happy to ask a general question on your behalf, if time permits. I’ll post a discussion of the panelists’ answers here on my blog one week after the conference.

Remember to post your question before May 18, 2008, four days from now.

Writers attending the conference will undoubtedly want to know the three panelists’ opinions about the details of option agreements and the viability of spec scripts adapted from novels and short stories. The implicit question in almost every question seems to be “Isn’t there an easier way?” We’re all looking for the path of least resistance.

The BEA/Writer’s Digest Books Writers Conference is coming May 28, 2008, to the Los Angeles Convention Center. The one-day conference is widely noted for its conclusion—a two-hour Pitch Slam in which every attendee can participate. Scores of agents, editors, and managers will be taking three-minute pitches during a notoriously intense session.

BookExpo America (BEA) follows in Los Angeles on May 29-June 1, 2008. I hope to see you there.

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