Recently, WestBow Press partnered up with Author Solutions to participate in an exclusive and unique event called Book-to-Screen PitchFest, in Los Angeles. The Book-to-Screen PitchFest was held at the historic Century Plaza hotel and was kicked off with a cocktail reception on Friday, July 12. Authors were able to relax at the outdoor reception on the breeze lawn of the Century Plaza. At the reception, Keith Ogorek, vice president of global marketing for Author Solutions, Robert Kosberg, Hollywood’s “King of the Pitch,” and Danny Sherman from Thruline Entertainment talked about what the authors could expect from the exciting events that were planned for the weekend.
Authors gathered bright and early for breakfast on Saturday morning. After breakfast, Robert Kosberg gave a lecture on how he got his start in Hollywood and how he worked his way up by mastering the art of pitching a movie. Kosberg provided authors with helpful tips on crafting their pitch and gave examples of famous movie pitches for reference. Authors seized this opportunity to learn what is essential for a great pitch, and you could see a flurry of note taking as they made changes to what they had previously prepared.
After the lecture, the authors were separated into three different rooms where everyone had two minutes to deliver their pitch to Robert, Keith or Danny. Then, each author was provided with feedback on how to best present their pitch. The group setting allowed authors to benefit from the direct advice they received for their pitch as well as the advice other authors received, and once again, authors were busy editing their pitches to be ready for the pitch sessions later that day.
Finally, it was time for the authors to deliver their fine-tuned pitches to Hollywood representatives. There were seven representatives at seven different tables – set up in a speed dating style. Each author had an assigned block of time when they would go in and present their pitch to a representative. To enforce the two minute pitch, a bell would ring to let authors know that it was time to end their pitch and move on to the next representative. While listening to the pitches, the Hollywood representatives take notes and indicate if they are interested in received a copy of any of the manuscripts for further review.
Two minutes may not seem like enough time to get the point of your book across to anyone, but throughout Book-to-Screen PitchFest you’ll realize that two minutes is actually more than enough. In fact, two minutes can sometimes be longer than pitching professionals get, making this a great opportunity for self-published authors. The Book-to-Screen PitchFest insures that each author will get two minutes of face time with several Hollywood representatives, something that not all self-published authors are lucky to get. It’s important to have a solid elevator pitch prepared for your book because you never know when you’ll run into someone or what opportunity may lead to your big break!
Have you ever thought your book could be a television show, or even a movie? WestBow Press has once again partnered with Author Solutions to provide our authors with this great opportunity to pitch their books at Book-to-Screen PitchFest New York in October. This time, the event is being held in the heart of Times Square and Broadway, giving authors the chance to meet with theater representatives in addition to film and television representatives.
This weekend’s release of Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” comes with much anticipation and excitement. And why wouldn’t it? As an American classic that most of us read in high school or wrote college term papers about, “The Great Gatsby” is an established and well-known story. Just as with the Chronicles of Narnia, the Lord of the Rings, Pride and Prejudice, and countless other based-on-the-book movies, readers are always eager to experience familiar characters and adventures in a new way.
It’s no wonder so many movies these days are based on books. Books provide film makers with a wealth of well-developed story material. Plus, they come with a built-in audience; if a book already has a following of readers, you can count on most of those readers to turn into viewers. And because the story has already succeeded in another format, less risk is involved with producing a movie that’s based on a book.
So, what about your book? Would it make a great movie that people would love to see? Most of us have ideas we’d love to see on the silver screen, but few people ever take action to try to reach that goal. To be fair, getting your idea in front of movie makers can be an intimidating and competitive process. But if you’re serious about turning your book into a movie, WestBow Press offers several book-to-screen services to help you give it a real shot.
The first step is to transform your book into a format that Hollywood representatives deal with on a regular basis. With these services, our team can help you present the necessary materials to our first-look partner Thruline Entertainment:
Another option for WestBow Press authors is to pitch your idea in person at an upcoming PitchFest event. PitchFest streamlines the process of getting your idea heard by bringing movie-makers and storytellers together. Not only do participating authors receive personalized advice for refining their pitch, they have the chance to actually pitch their idea face-to-face with Hollywood executives.
The next PitchFest will take place in Los Angeles on July 12-13, 2013. Call your WestBow Press representative for more information about PitchFest or other Hollywood book-to-screen services.
What’s your favorite film adaptation of a book?