Innovative Services Place Your Script in Front of Hollywood Producers
By Scott Lorenz
As a book publicist, I am asked on a regular basis, “Can you get my book turned into a movie?” With all the streaming outlets like NETFLIX, AMAZON and others who desperately need new content, the demand for creative work has never been higher. Now there are services who can place your book or screenplay in front of Hollywood producers who can, in fact, turn it into a movie. If you want to turn your book into a movie then check out these ‘matchmakers’ I’ve discovered below.
Greenlight My Movie
If you have a short film, book, screenplay, or true story, you can pitch it to Greenlight My Movie. Once you do, you’ll receive a guaranteed response from Hollywood buyers and representatives. To get started, create a profile, add your synopsis, find companies that may be interested, and submit your project. Warner Brothers states that Greenlight My Movie has a great process and has provided them with some great ideas.
Pros of Greenlight My Movie
- Optional Video: If you don’t have video, no worries. It’s optional so you can simply submit your synopsis and logline.
- Guaranteed Response: A Hollywood buyer or rep will get back to you via a written email response. Their response will likely come with detailed feedback that will steer you in the right direction.
Cons of Greenlight My Movie
- Submission Charge: You’ll have to pay $29.95 to submit your pitch.
- Will Have to Wait for a Response: While most people receive a response in about 3 to 4 weeks, you may have to wait longer to hear back.
Hollywood Pitch Festival
Attend the 23rd annual Hollywood Pitch Festival and pitch A-list buyers and representatives. This year, the event will be held August 1st through 2nd in the Los Angeles area. It’s the only pitch festival that offers one-on-one pitch meetings in two days with over 200 of Hollywood’s top personnel under one roof. One-on-one pitch coaching via Skype is also available two weeks before the festival.
Pros of Hollywood Pitch Festival
- No Limits: While you’re at the festival, you can pitch as many companies as you’d like because there are no limits.
- Pitching Resources: Hollywood Pitch Festival wants you to succeed so they will send you pitching tips and how-to videos right before the event.
Cons of Hollywood Pitch Festival
- Travel Involved: Since this is a physical event, you’ll have to travel to participate. This can be an issue if you’re limited on time and money. Fortunately, you can buy a virtual pass and submit your pitch online if you prefer.
- Limited Attendance: The Hollywood Pitch Festival limits attendance to 200 people. So, if you don’t sign up early enough, you may not make the cut.
Since its debut in 2018, TaleFlick has provided a searchable library of fiction, novels, and short stories. It strives to connect authors with film or TV producers. You can create your own page and match with vetted scriptwriters who can offer tips on how to improve your story. TaleFlick can also help you get discovered by producers looking for new material.
“TaleFlick is an effective, efficient way for your work to be presented directly to those people who may want to make a film out of it. I don’t know why it didn’t exist before but I’m glad it does now,” says Michael Bowker, author of Gods of Our Time.
Pros of TaleFlick
- Great Exposure: With TaleFlick, you can submit your story online and get in front of the top studios, producers, and production companies.
- Commitment to Giving Back: TaleFlick has a “1 million Books 1 million Children” initiative where they give one million books to one million children all around the world.
Cons of TaleFlick
- Must Pay to Submit Stories: TaleFlick is not free for authors as you’ll have to pay $88 to submit your story.
- Not All Stories Accepted: TaleFlick accepts scripts, screenplays, fiction and nonfiction books, manuscripts and children’s stories. The site doesn’t currently support short stories, comic books, and plays.
InkTip began in 2000 to make it easy for producers, directors, agents, managers, and name actors to access quality screenplays and professional authors. Believe it or not, more than 375 feature films have been made from scripts and writers discovered through InkTip. One example of an InkTip success story is Fireball, which was produced by Harvey Kahn with Front Street Pictures and aired on the Sci-Fi channel.
Pros of InkTip
- Variety of Services: InkTip offers three main services to get your scripts noticed. These include its script listings and script renewals service, InkTip Magazine service, and Preferred Newsletter service.
- Thousands of Industry Professionals: Over 2,700 producers, agents, managers and other industry professionals use InkTip.
- Privacy of Scripts: You can’t look at the scripts of other writers as they are reserved for qualified industry professionals.
Cons of InkTip
- Fees Involved: While you can register an account with InkTip for free, you have to pay for its specific services. Fees range from $30 to $60.
Spec Scout’s goal is to be the best place to discover and promote the highest-quality screenplays, on and off the market. It hopes to give aspiring writers a way to break into the business. “Spec Scout is my secret weapon. Having the whole spec market in one place, with scores, loglines, and coverage is such a huge advantage. I can’t imagine not having access to this library,” says Stephanie Marin, producer at El Camino Entertainment.
Pros of Spec Scout
- In-Depth Feedback: Once you submit your script, three readers will provide ratings and a comprehensive analysis of your script. You’ll get 8 to 10 pages of detailed comments that outline its strengths and weaknesses.
- Script Score: Your “Script Score” will indicate the quality of your script. If you score 75 or above on the 100-point scale, you’ll be listed as a “Scouted” writer for free, forever.
Cons of Spec Scout
- Pricey: To submit your script, you’ll have to pay $297. Rush service is available for an extra $100.
- Feedback Takes Time: It’ll take about one month to receive feedback on your script. If you can’t wait that long, the $100 rush service can get it to you in one week.
The Bottom Line: Just like online dating doesn’t guarantee you’ll meet your special someone, there are no guarantees that these services will turn your work into a movie. Just look at them as another opportunity to gain exposure for your book.
About Book Publicist Scott Lorenz
Book publicist Scott Lorenz is President of Westwind Communications, a public relations and marketing firm that has a special knack for working with authors to help them get all the publicity they deserve and more. Lorenz works with bestselling authors and self-published authors promoting all types of books, whether it’s their first book or their 15th book. He’s handled publicity for books by CEOs, CIA Officers, Navy SEALS, Homemakers, Fitness Gurus, Doctors, Lawyers and Adventurers. His clients have been featured by Good Morning America, FOX & Friends, CNN, ABC News, New York Times, Nightline, TIME, PBS, LA Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Woman’s World, & Howard Stern to name a few.
Learn more about Westwind Communications’ book marketing approach at https://www.WestwindBookMarketing.com or contact Lorenz at [email protected] or 734-667-2090 or fill out the form below. Follow Lorenz on Twitter @aBookPublicist. Want help titling a book? Check out Scott Lorenz’s new award winning, bestselling book: Book Title Generator- A Proven System in Naming Your Book www.BookTitleGenerator.net.
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Great advice, Scott! Most writers don’t realize books and screenplays are two different kinds of writing. The economy of words is different, and the “white space” of a script is really important. You have to have a certain balance of dialogue versus action. Anyway, you have given a lot to think about, thank you.